South Africa’s Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with his Chilean counterpart, Aurora Elvira Williams, fulfilling objectives outlined in his new mining charter that was gazzetted on 15 June 2017.
Zwane accompanied by South African ambassador to Chile, Dr Hilton Fischer, signed the MoU in Santiago yesterday during the LatAm Mining Cumbre. The signing commits the two countries to cooperation in the mining and minerals industry.
Zwane said, “The memorandum includes cooperation in geology, environmental issues, beneficiation, and junior miners to name just a few. The team is here to ensure that as we leave Santiago, we will have set the ball rolling in ensuring that we action what is in the memorandum.”
Some other areas the MoU addresses include the following;
- sharing of knowledge in geology and related functions,
- sharing experiences in environmental regulations, corporate social responsibility as well as best practices regarding inclusion of women in the mining industry
- Mineral processing and beneficiation;
- cooperating in mineral development, technology and skills transfer, including small scale mining;
- Sharing experiences in underground mining, with a particular emphasis on technology and health and safety sharing experiences in policy formulation and the regulatory framework
“Today we are giving effect to a decision which was taken during a State visit by the Chilean President to South Africa. Given the two countries’ rich history in mining, it is only fitting that we take this forward for implementation through the MoU, for the benefit of both our countries”, he concluded.
Minister Zwane will also, during his visit to Chile, visit the country’s state owned mining company, Codelco, one of the largest copper mining company’s in the world.