Parliament, Wednesday, 22 September 2021 – The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy, Mr Sahlulele Luzipo, has noted and welcomed the Gauteng North High Court judgement, which reviewed and set aside some clauses of the mining charter.
Mr Luzipo is of the view that the judgement could potentially bring challenges to the existing harmony between the mining sector and the regulator. “Although there is no winner or loser, the judgement may create an environment where the regulator resorts to legislating every aspect of the sector, which could have far-reaching implications for mining companies.”
Mr Luzipo further said that when Parliament resumes after recess on 1 November 2021, the committee will find the earliest possible date to be briefed by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy on the implications of the judgement and the next course of action.
In the meantime, however, Mr Luzipo called upon mining companies to continue implementing the charter, especially the clauses that are unaffected by the judgement.
The mining charter was published in 2018 by the Department of Minerals Resources and Energy, in terms of section 100(2) of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act 28 of 2002.
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