The Chamber of Mines will not turn away from its court challenges against the Department of Mineral Resources as the legal route is the only one it has confidence in while dealing with the regulator and Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, says chamber CEO Roger Baxter. Speaking shortly after ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize told the Jo’burg Indaba mining conference the party was pushing for both sides to engage in talks to resolve their differences with the ANC offering to be a facilitator, Baxter made it clear this was not an option. "We will do our talking to the minister through the courts. We don’t think he negotiated in a manner conducive to the national interest," said Baxter. He reiterated comments he made at a mining conference in Australia in September that Zwane had a "very questionable history" and had unilaterally published the third iteration of the Mining Charter, which the chamber felt would "destroy the industry". Baxter said Zwane had then followed this wi...

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