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On 15 June 2017‚ the Minister of Mineral Resources published the Broad-Based Socio Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining Industry‚ 2017 (Mining Charter III) under the auspices of section 100(2)(a) of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act‚ 2002 (MPRDA). Subsequent to its publication‚ the Chamber of Mines (CoM) brought an urgent application to interdict the Minister‚ his delegates and officials‚ the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and its officials from implementing and applying Mining Charter III "in any way‚ directly or indirectly" pending the finalisation of a judicial review application. On 14 July 2017‚ the CoM announced that it‚ together with the Minister and the DMR‚ had reached an agreement under which the Minister and the DMR have undertaken not to implement or apply the provisions of Mining Charter III in any way‚ pending judgment in relation to the Interdict. The Minister furthermore undertook that‚ in the event of any breach of the a...

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