On Monday, 19 February, National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) took aim at the ongoing mining charter overtures, saying in a statement “President Cyril Ramaphosa, Chamber of Mines and the Department of Mineral Resources were engaging one another without involving other stakeholders like the NUM.”
Speaking to Political Analysis South Africa, the union’s spokesperson, Livhuwani Mammburu qualified the statement, saying, “those three parties were not engaging us, we were only just hearing that a decision has been taken without us being informed as a stakeholder, so we were worried.”
Despite not being consulted the union, says that it, however, “welcomes the postponement by the North Gauteng High Court of an application by the Chamber of Mines, NUM and seven mining community networks against the Mining Charter.”
The union says it agrees with the postponement “because we [the NUM] demanded in court that the NUM must be engaged as a stakeholder in future negotiations concerning the charter.”
NUM says its welcoming of the postpone of the court case, is not a concession on the contents of the Mining Charter, saying that it will not capitulate on the “Mining Charter III”, which the union wholly supports.
Mammburu hopes that the “Chamber [of Mines] can come on board, so that when we finally agree, we can move together… We are giving these negotiations an opportunity to hear what the Chamber says and we will also engage the other stakeholders about our position.”
The union believes all those negotiating will be able to arrive at an agreement, “we can’t be negative about these negotiations because its affects the economy of this country, so were are open to these negotiations, and we will negotiate for our members to make sure that they benefit from Mining Charter III,” says Mammburu.