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SA mining company is ready for a new mining-rights era

By: Keith Campbell     23rd August 2002 SOUTH African mining company Randgold & Exploration plans to use its existing mineral rights either as a basis for joint ventures (JV), particularly with black economic empowerment (BEE) companies, or sell them outright, again preferrably to BEE miners, Mining Weekly can report. 

Industry, State forge common vision on charter

22nd August 2002 South Africa's mining industry said on Wednesday a meeting to forge details of a controversial charter had yielded a "common vision" on boosting black participation in the white-dominated industry. 

State, industry tight lipped on charter talks

By: Martin Czernowalow     21st August 2002 Negotiations around the empowerment charter for South Africa’s mining industry will push on until a positive outcome is reached, the head of communications at the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) told Mining Weekly Online yesterday. 

New mining law likely to be delayed until 2003

20th August 2002 South Africa's government said on Monday the enactment of a controversial new mining law was likely to be delayed by negotiations on a related money bill to set mining royalties. 

Bill fails to deal with complexities of mining mixed minerals in SA

By: Hulme Scholes     16th August 2002 A colleague recently wrote with respect to the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Bill 2002, that the objectives of the Bill are laudible, but the “devil is in the detail”. 

Charter 'lekgotla' set for Tuesday

15th August 2002 Government and the mining industry have agreed to meet on Tuesday next week in a bid to reach consensus on the proposed black empowerment mining charter. 

No single target for mining empowerment

15th August 2002 The South African government said on Wednesday it would not nationalise any part of the mining industry, after three hours of talks with global mining giant Anglo American and its diamond and gold subsidiaries. 

New face of mining engineering

By: Deborah Spicer     5th August 2002 The profession of mining engineering, which has long been regarded as the preserve of white males, is about to admit the first black woman to graduate from the School of Mining Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand. 

EMD plant (beneficiation project)

19th July 2002 Name of the project and location Electrolytic manganese dioxide (EMD) processing plant. Project description Mineral research body, Mintek, has signed an agreement with the US Trade and Development Agency (TDA), which will provide a grant of R2,1-million to determine the viability of an EMD... 

Chamber supports principles of Bill

By: vanessa vasques     19th July 2002 Representative of the mining industry, the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, has come out in support of the recent changes made to the new Minerals and Petroleum Development Bill. 

State agency backs 33 mining ventures

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2002 While it is expected of the new Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Bill to create a more representative mining industry in South Africa, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Entrepreneurial Mining and Beneficiation unit is quietly achieving precisely this. 

Mlambo-Ngcuka on the minerals Bill

12th July 2002 Those who have eagerly and impatiently waited for decades to share in the country’s mineral wealth have argued that the new Minerals and Energy Resource Development Bill, which met with the approval of parliament last week, does not go far enough. 

Joint ventures and the proposed minerals legislation

By: Hulme Scholes     5th July 2002 The transitional arrangements provided for in Schedule II of the recently published second draft of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Bill, grants to the holders of prospecting permits and mining authorisations issued under the Minerals Act who are actively conducting prospecting or... 

State, PGM leader seek solution to differences

5th July 2002 Government and the world’s leading platinum producer, Anglo Platinum, has established a three-a-side committee to facilitate the finding of an amicable solution to the problem regarding the processing of mining applications. 

SA minerals Bill passes final vote

28th June 2002 South Africa’s parliament gave final approval earlier this week to a controversial Bill shifting custodianship of mineral rights from private to state hands. 

Positive platinum spin-offs for the Limpopo Province

By: vanessa vasques     28th June 2002 The economic impact of platinum on the South African economy has over the past few years not only grown, but become more of a focal point for those involved in the industry. 

No State-industry schism - Mines Minister

27th June 2002 Following her presentation of the new Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Bill to Parliament earlier this week, Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has commented that the Bill is the culmination of years of hard work by a team of people, all of whom were determined to... 

Black business-women back mining Bill

27th June 2002 Two of South Africa's most prominent black businesswomen, Louisa Mojela and Gloria Serobe, have strongly criticised elements of the South African mining industry for their opposition to the new Mining Bill. 

Minister holds out olive branch to platinum leader

26th June 2002 Minister of Minerals and Energy Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has held out an olive branch to the world’s leading platinum producer over the granting of mining licences. 

SA minister recommends court test for mine Bill

26th June 2002 South Africa's mining minister yesterday said she would advise President Thabo Mbeki to send a new law shifting mineral rights from private to state hands to the Constitutional Court before signing it into law. 

Black business, unions back mining Bill

25th June 2002 Given the size and historical importance of the South African mining industry, it was inevitable that any change to the architecture of mineral rights regime would cause unhappiness. 

Lawmakers get tough on mining Bill

25th June 2002 South Africa's ruling party abandoned months of negotiation with mine owners on Monday and endorsed without major amendments a bill critics say will hurt confidence in the industry that built the country's wealth. 

Limited mining Bill concessions announced

24th June 2002 South Africa's ruling party offered a limited concession on one key industry objection to a proposed minerals law on Friday, ignoring most of the mining companies' suggestions to reassure foreign investors. 

Parliamentary chairs respond to mining Bill concerns

24th June 2002 The joint chairs of the parliamentary committees on minerals and energy, Mosheen Moosa and Mbulelo Goniwe, have given details of amendments to the Minerals and Petroleum Development Bill. 

Agency to back minerals development, research

21st June 2002 Science council Mintek recently established a subsidiary company, Mindev (Pty) Ltd, as part of its mandate to increase the domestic beneficiation of South Africa’s minerals and metals. 

Minerals department defends Bill

21st June 2002 Department of Minerals and Energy DG Sandile Nogxina has strongly defended government's proposed minerals legislation currently in front of parliament. 

SA govt seeks to calm fears over mining Bill

17th June 2002 The South Africa government tried to reassure mining firms about the duration of licences it will award under a controversial new Bill aimed at redressing centuries of white domination of the sector. 

Costly labour holds back SA diamond beneficiation

By: Zonika Botha     14th June 2002 Despite South Africa’s status as one of the world’s leading diamond producers along with Namibia and Botswana, its diamond cutting and polishing industry is regarded as a minion among its international counterparts. 

Fight over proposed mineral legislation continues

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th June 2002 The revised draft Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Bill has received widespread acclaim as a significant improvement on the 2000 version, but commentators warn that certain issues have to be dealt with if the proposed legislation is to achieve its objectives, which include the... 

Govt takes action to grow black and junior mining

14th June 2002 As part of the requirements of implementing the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Bill, the Department of Minerals and Energy is introducing a new licensing system for the minerals and mining industry, called the National Minerals Promotion System (NMPS). 

Slow civil-engineering recovery is hurting industrial-minerals sector

By: Deborah Spicer     14th June 2002 What was the R4,2-billion industrial-minerals sector two years ago is likely to continue or even decrease its modest contribution to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) despite indications that the civil-engineering sector, with which it is associated, is showing a turnaround. 

Mines chamber worried about Bill

13th June 2002 Chief Executive of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, Zoli Diliza, told parliament that while the industry supported the key objectives of the Bill, the chamber has concerns regarding its capacity to promote a prosperous, accessible, competitive and responsible mooning industry in South Africa. 

Gem giant has R8bn SA plan if enviro is stable

12th June 2002 Diamond giant De Beers has shown its continued commitment to South Africa when the company announced that it is planning to make an investment of R8-billion in expansion projects in South Africa over the next five years. However, De Beers director Jonathan Oppenheimer said that the company needs... 

Unions say mining reform law is too conservative

12th June 2002 South African labour unions blasted as too conservative a draft law to shift mineral rights from private to state ownership, which the industry has labled creeping nationalisation. 

Unions add voice to Minerals Bill debate

11th June 2002 Upping the Minerals Development Bill ante, trade union federation Cosatu, and its powerful affiliate National Union of Mineworkers (Num), is to call for mining companies to submit a labour plan as part of their obligation for mineral rights. 

Miners pick hole sin SA's draft minerals law

7th June 2002 Miners and oil producers are lining up in Cape Town to pick holes in the draft of a new South African minerals law, saying that plans to overhaul a white-dominated industry could scare away foreign investors. 

A US view on SA's mining law revamp

6th June 2002 After more than a year of painstaking revision and top-level deliberation, the government here is about to alter the balance of power in the country’s mining industry. 

Junior miners react to Minerals Bill

6th June 2002 The South African Mining Development Association (SAMDA), which represents small scale and junior mining companies countrywide, has come out in strong, overall support for the latest draft of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Bill, but has requested greater specificity regarding... 

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