The third iteration of the Mining Charter will be completed by Monday and will be presented to President Cyril Ramaphosa early next week and debated in a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, ahead of its implementation, says mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe. Mantashe has also taken a swipe at energy minister Jeff Radebe for wanting to have the bill amending the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) expedited, saying it is a decision that rests with him alone. After extending the public comment period on the draft charter to the end of August, 126 more submissions were made and these have been considered, he said, adding that his team has been "locked in a room" for five days, and will be over the weekend, to completely finalise the document for Monday. "After [the cabinet meeting], we are running," Mantashe said on the sidelines of a mining technology exhibition. The third version of the charter has been extensively debated since Mantashe was appointed mineral re...

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