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Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane speaks in Cape Town on the first day of the Mining Indaba 2017 Conference, the world's foremost conference on mining in Africa. (Rodger Bosch, AFP)
Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane speaks in Cape Town on the first day of the Mining Indaba 2017 Conference, the world's foremost conference on mining in Africa. (Rodger Bosch, AFP)

Cape Town – The Chamber of Mines wants Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane to withdraw the notice of his intention to place an indefinite moratorium on all new applications for prospecting rights and mining rights, the processing of applications of renewal of such rights as well as the transfer of rights between mining companies.

"The chamber is writing to the minister to request his immediate withdrawal of the notice, failing which the chamber will apply for an urgent interdict to suspend and review the notice," it said in a statement on Thursday 

The industry body, representing close to 90% of mining interests in South Africa, has taken legal advice following Zwane's notice published on July 19 in the Government Gazette. It said opinion obtained indicates unlawful action on Zwane's part. 

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