February 9, 2009 / 7:10 AM / 11 years ago

S.Africa to split mining, energy ministry-sources

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 9 (Reuters) - The South African government will this year split the Department of Minerals and Energy into two separate ministries for mining and for energy, according to mining sources close to the issue.

The new Energy ministry will be be responsible for implementing a clear energy strategy.

The new Mines ministry will have more time and resources to tackle issues still unresolved after many years despite the 1994 Mining Charter.

These will include ensuring a genuine transfer of more control of the mining industry and the export of mined commodities to black management and ownership, the sources said. (Reporting by Jackie Cowhig; Editing by Michael Urquhart)

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