As delegate after delegate voiced concerns about the third Mining Charter draft, it was clear there was a lot of work to be done during the two-day weekend summit to compile final major inputs into the document ahead of it being gazetted in August. The tone of the summit was set right at the start when one delegate was evicted by police for disrupting proceedings before they had barely begun. Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe quashed the vocal and increasingly angry delegate immediately and warned others against trying something similar. The summit in Benoni was attended by hundreds of delegates drawn from communities, organised labour, mining companies and a heavy contingent of officials from the Department of Mineral Resources. The gathering is part of collecting public responses by July 27 to the draft chart issued on June 15. Mantashe will wrap up the outcomes of the summit on Sunday afternoon. Since his appointment in February, Mantashe has toured SA to garner a “repres...

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