Stories of black miners who have tried and failed and tried again to participate in the mining industry are common, which is perhaps why black miners' goals seem to no longer be part of Mining Charter debates and may explain why their voices are not prominent. Discussions on the Mining Charter have been dominated by the narrative between the Chamber of Mines and the Department of Mineral Resources. In its current form in terms of addressing transformation, which intended to put wealth back into black peoples' hands, the Mining Charter, even under Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe, would fail and be a repeat of the previous flaws, some black miners said this week. They added that although Mantashe has a great track record that shows he is capable of doing the job and his heart is in the right place, if the fundamental issues of capital and debt for black miners are not solved in this charter, South Africa will only repeat the past 10 years of the industry, with black miner...

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