South Africa will revoke the mining licences of companies that fail to increase control by black people in line with local regulations, said Sandile Nogxina, director general of the Department of Mineral Resources.

Nogxina said the mining charter, which calls for 26% black ownership of mines by 2014, could lead to the revocation of licences, reports Bloomberg.

Meanwhile, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said change in the mining industry to include more blacks is slow despite a decade of affirmative action because whites continue to dominate the sector.

Shabangu added that only 8.9% of mines were owned by blacks in 2009, which is below a target of 15%.

The mining charter states companies must employ 40% of black managers at various levels and also buy 40% of their capital goods and 70% of services from black-owned companies by 2014.