South Africa's mining bosses are pushing for a new mineral resources minister, boycotting a keynote address by incumbent Mosebenzi Zwane during which he raised eyebrows by saying the outcome of the ANC's national elective conference was a foregone conclusion. While Zwane was playing politics at a mining industry's Joburg Indaba gala dinner on Tuesday, delegates from companies like Anglo American, Harmony Gold, Sibanye Gold, PWC and JP Morgan, KPMG and Standard Bank were outspoken about him in an online poll conducted on Wednesday morning. Asked about "the one thing you want the ANC-led government to do for mining", 41% called for a new minister. Another 26.6% called for the scrapping of the controversial Mining Charter that happened on Zwane's watch. Disagreement over the charter is one of the main reasons why the Chamber of Mines boycotted the dinner where Zwane was the guest speaker. Zwane, widely seen as an ally of President Jacob Zuma, spoke about the ANC's upcoming national ele...

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