A draft document from the mineral resources department is proposing to place housing, health and infrastructure responsibilities squarely on mining companies, setting the stage for fresh conflict.

Commenting on the draft review housing and living conditions standards for the mineral industry, which was gazetted by mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe on March 20 and threatens miners with their licences for noncompliance, Mineral Council SA president Mxolisi Mgojo on Wednesday said this was an untenable document for the sector in its current form.

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