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implatsheadgear smlBL Premium reports that according prominent human rights lawyer Richard Spoor, SA’s latest draft mining regulations, which impose fresh socioeconomic and labour requirements on the industry, may add an extra layer of burden for struggling companies that have been shedding jobs.  

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) on Friday published draft amendments to the mineral and petroleum resources development regulations for public comment.  The draft focuses on the social, labour and environmental aspects of the current regulations.  In respect of "labour sending areas", the amendments require employers to demonstrate steps to uplift areas from which they source workers, not just where they operate.  The draft amendments also deal with social and labour plans (SLPs), introducing clear timelines on when they should be submitted and when consultations with communities and other structures over the plans need to be held.  Spoor said he suspected that the government was trying to use the draft amendments to introduce points that were disputed in the Mining Charter.  With regard to the additional requirements of a social and labour plan, Spoor said this was adding another "burden on employers" who were operating in an industry where questions persisted about overregulation and duplication.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Penelope Mashego at BusinessLive

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