Independent mining law consultant, Sibongile Kunene will provide auditing assistance to Aspasa members.
Following the publication of the Mining Charter’s Implementation Guidelines and Amendments in December 2018, Aspasa has extended its service to members with a new Mining Charter Audit.
After a seven-month engagement process with stakeholders, South Africa’s new Mining Charter was developed to boost sustainable growth, enforce procurement of local goods and to further support broad-based, meaningful Black Economic Empowerment of the local mining and minerals industry.
Independent mining law consultant Sibongile Kunene cautions that it’s important for all South African mines to work strictly within the confines of the charter.
“While the charter’s main function is to secure one’s licence to operate, it now has a stronger focus on socio-economic development. Then, increasingly local communities are becoming aware of their rights and holding mining companies to account. Overall, the new charter’s message is clear; if a mine strays from implementing and maintaining its duty to society, it runs the risk of having its operations suspended or its licence withdrawn,” says Kunene.