President Jacob Zuma and Minister of Mineral Resources, Mosebenzi Joseph Zwane in Pretoria on 23 September 2015.
JOHANNESBURG - Minister of Mineral Resources, Mosebenzi Zwane says the revised mining charter was a response to President Jacob Zuma’s call for increased black ownership in the sector.
The charter has been put on hold, with the Chamber of Mines challenging it in court.
Zwane was addressing the ANC Youth League in Durban on Saturday afternoon.
According to him, "This is not my mining charter as a person or individual. I’m doing what our organization has said, directed by our president Jacob Zuma, who said in the mining space, ensure that black ownership is increased. Create more jobs that are sustainable. Bring more women and young people."
Zwane maintains the provisions of the revised mining charter are necessary to bring about transformation.
Among other proposals, the charter allocates 8-percent of a company’s shareholding to workers, with another 8-percent going to mining communities.
“Our 30% has been structured as follows, we have 8% percent going to the workers because they are the people who wake up every day working for these mines and when there are fatalities, it’s black people who are dead. So I said let them have 8% so that their lives can also change," explained Zwane.
Zwane dismissed claims he’s influenced by people outside government.
“I am a servant of the people of South African, all of them, black and white. I’m aware that I’m sent to Parliament by the ANC to represent it there. And as a post man, I must do exactly that and nothing else, but be a post man," said Zwane.
Zwane has made news headlines for alleged ties to the controversial Gupta family, specifically related to a contentious dairy project in the Free State.