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gideonduplessisGideon du Plessis, general secretary of Solidarity, assesses the Department of Mineral Resources’ (DMR’s) proposed new Mining Charter, concluding that radically fast-tracked transformation has now taken precedence over all else.  

He notes that the DMR has proposed radically revisions to the existing charter, removing for a start, white females and white disabled persons from the definition of what constitutes previously disadvantaged individuals.  “Affirmative action” targets have been increased from 40% to 88% at junior management level; 75% at middle management level; and 60% at senior management level.  As a rule, black female employees must constitute 50% of all targets.  Yet, given the labour market, it will be statistically, impossible to comply with those targets.  Du Plessis goes on to look at other aspects of the revisions.  He says that he anticipates a spate of litigation as a result of the legal flaws in the new charter.  But, the power of ideology on the part of politicians and other unions makes it impossible to argue that the charter poses a risk to jobs in a mining sector that is already on the decline.

  • Read this opinion piece in full at BizNews
  • Read the original in Afrikaans at Netwerk24

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