Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane faces a second challenge to set aside the controversial Mining Charter, with a large group of communities making an urgent application for intervention to be heard in December. The Chamber of Mines won the first round in the battle against the third version of the charter after Zwane suspended its implementation until after the review of the document by a full bench of judges on December 13 and 14. The Centre for Applied Legal Studies said it was launching the application to intervene in the case because communities were not consulted by Zwane and his department in drawing up the charter. The chamber is arguing for the review in part because it felt it had not been adequately consulted before the charter was gazetted in mid-June, knocking R51bn off listed mining companies’ capitalisation. The centre’s application was brought on behalf of Mining Affected Communities United in Action‚ Women Affected by Mining United in Action and the Mining a...

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