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The largest network of communities affected by mining in SA rejected the draft Broad-Based Socio-Economic Empowerment Charter for the Mining and Mineral Industry ahead of the two-day Mining Charter Summit held this past weekend, Business Day reported. Community representatives were invited to the summit to express their collective outcomes. Community representatives from several organisations had gathered in Johannesburg on July 2 to consider the draft Mining Charter as gazetted by Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe for public comment on June 15 2018. Members of the public had 30 days from the date of publication of the draft Mining Charter to submit their comments. Mantashe has extended the period for public comment til the end of august to allow further engagements. The publication of the draft Mining Charter is a culmination of the consultation process between the Department of Mineral Resources and mining industry stakeholders to revise the previous charter, which was pub...

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