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The third version of the Mining Charter will be finalised and debated by the cabinet on Wednesday, ahead of implementation, says mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe. The third version of the charter, which sets transformation and development goals, has been extensively debated since Mantashe was appointed in February. He replaced discredited Mosebenzi Zwane, who oversaw an initial version of the third charter, which was criticised by mining companies, investors and lawyers. 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, Mantashe said on Friday, 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.

Mantashe has used that draft charter as the basis for talks since February, dra...

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