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Legislative Environment News

Environmental legislation to be established in mining industry

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th November 2009 Changes made to environmental legislations that apply to the mining industry need to be communicated more clearly to the industry to avoid potential confusion, says sustainability law specialists Warburton Attorneys consultant Michael Vermaak. 

Enviro solutions company making inroads into Southern African mining

By: Jonathan Faurie     13th November 2009 Environmental solutions company Procon Environmental Technologies has secured a number of projects in the mining industry that the company refers to as key to building the future of its Ultraspin hydrocyclone technology in Southern Africa. 

Miners urged to submit royalty tax forms before festive season

By: Jonathan Faurie     13th November 2009 Mining companies are encouraged to submit their royalty tax registration forms before the festive season period to ensure that their details are recorded accurately. 

Chamber calls for new electricity deal, CIC bypassing Eskom

By: Martin Creamer     11th November 2009 South Africa's Chamber of Mines is calling for a new electricity dispensation for the country and a prospective Botswana-based independent power producer (IPP) is already working directly with the South African government and bypassing the troubled State-owned power utility, Eskom. "Something... 

Registration for royalties payment 
gets under way

By: Loni Prinsloo     6th November 2009 This week marks the start of the registration period for the National Treasury’s long-awaited Mineral and Petroleum Resources Royalty Act, which had its implementation deferred to March 2010 earlier this year. 

Gold major targeting 33% improvement in safety performance

By: Jonathan Faurie     6th November 2009 If diversified mining major Anglo American is able to achieve its ‘Zero Harm’ target, the company will set the safety precedent for the industry reported Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland. 

Zim small-scale chrome miners demand 80% claims share

By: Oscar Nkala     4th November 2009 Zimbabwe’s federation of small-scale miners says the government should consider re-allocating chrome claims along the country’s Great Dyke in a manner that should result in a shareholding ratio of 80% indigenous and 20% foreign corporate ownership, to break the monopoly enjoyed by two foreign... 

SA govt will allow Chamber input on ‘unfair' Mining Charter review  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2009 The South African government had completed its review of the Mining Charter, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said on Tuesday. Shabangu said at the annual general meeting of the Chamber of Mines (CoM) that she was aware that the CoM regarded the government's review of the charter as... 

Nationalisation call based on mining being ‘gem in SA crown' – Chamber  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2009 The underlying logic of the call to nationalise South Africa's mining industry was the mining sector's status as "a precious gem in our country's sovereign crown", Chamber of Mines (CoM) president Sipho Nkosi said in Johannesburg on Tuesday. Nkosi, who was elected unusually to serve a third term... 

No ‘immediate' plans to nationalise, Deputy President tells Chamber 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2009 The South African government had no "immediate" plans to nationalise South Africa's mining industry, and nationalisation was not a decision that could be taken "on the hoof", South Africa's Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Monday night. Motlanthe, a former head of the National Union... 

FSB imposes R150 000 insider trading penalty 
on adviser to coal junior

By: Martin Creamer     30th October 2009 South Africa’s Financial Services Board (FSB) last week found that the designated adviser to Wescoal, Marius Meyer, had bought shares in the coal junior when he should not have.

Judge Frikkie Eloff found that Meyer had contravened Section 73 of the Securities Services Act and the FSB’s... 

Gold Reserve still hanging on to Brisas property

By: Liezel Hill     26th October 2009 Spokane, Washington-based Gold Reserve Inc has turned away individuals “apparently” from the Venezuelan State miner CVG-Minerven, from the company's Brisas property. These individuals arrived at the Brisas camp on Thursday, and claimed that they were there to assume control of the concession,... 

Uranerz granted air-quality permit for Wyoming uranium project

By: Liezel Hill     23rd October 2009 Uranium hopeful Uranerz Energy Corporation has been issued an air quality permit for its Nichols Ranch in situ recovery (ISR) uranium project, in Wyoming, the firm announced on Friday. This is the first operational permit for the construction of the project to be issued to Uranerz by the State... 

Local firm designing rock drill that will comply with hearing loss guidelines that come into effect in 2013

By: Jonathan Faurie     23rd October 2009 Local engineering company CompAir South Africa, part of the Gardener Denver group, is making significant strides in designing a rock drill that complies with the 2013 industry guidelines that have been set by government. 

Gold Reserve files for arbitration against Venezuelan govt

By: Liezel Hill     22nd October 2009 Spokane, Washington-based Gold Reserve has filed a claim for international arbitration in a dispute with the government of Venezuela, the firm announced on Wednesday. Gold Reserve filed a request for arbitration, seeking compensation for the losses caused to the company related to its Brisas... 

Wescoal adviser found guilty of insider trading, R150 000 penalty

By: Martin Creamer     21st October 2009 A designated adviser to listed Wescoal was on Wednesday found guilty of insider trading and made to pay an administrative penalty of R150 000. Judge Frikkie Eloff found that Marius Meyer, the designated adviser to the JSE-AltX-listed coal junior, had contravened Section 73 of the Securities... 

Nationalisation of SA mines is fait accompli - Malema 

By: Sapa     20th October 2009 ANCYL leader Julius Malema envisages a South Africa where the state owns 60% of all mines to "generate extra income" for the government. "The nationalisation of mines will happen, the Freedom Charter says that," Malema told reporters in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The ruling African National... 

Zim mining depends on govt delivering on promises – Implats

By: Petronel Smit     16th October 2009 The world's second-largest platinum producer Impala Platinum (Implats) says that, although the Zimbabwean government of national unity is making positive statements and wants to create the right atmosphere for investment in mining, the company is still to see whether the positive talk will... 

'There are complexities regarding minerals royalties'

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th October 2009 With qualifying mining businesses needing to register for the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Royalty Act next month, Anglo Platinum head of legal services Leon Bekker clarifies complexities regarding the payment of royalties for the mining of dumps.  

Laws reducing South African mining to ‘stunted giant' – Peter Leon

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2009 South Africa should emulate rising stars Ghana and Botswana by removing excessive administrative discretion from its mining laws, which were reducing its mining industry to a "stunted giant", International Bar Association (IBA) mining law committee chairperson Peter Leon said in Madrid on... 

Mining houses urged to be prepared for March 2010 introduction of mineral royalties

By: Loni Prinsloo     2nd October 2009 Although deferred for implementation to March 2010, the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Royalty Act (MPRDA) will have far-reaching implications for the mining sector, states KPMG corporate tax, energy and natural resources (?) director Ben-Schoeman Geldenhuys.  

New directors for operationally dormant Sallies fluorspar

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2009 New Sallies directors are being proposed for the operationally dormant South African fluorspar-mining company. The JSE's Stock Exchange News Service gives notice that a general meeting of the company will be held on October 22 to remove CEO Tom Dale, chairperson Dr Fred Roux; and independent... 

South Africa's Competition Commission uncovers cartel activity

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2009 South Africa's Competition Commission on Wednesday announced the uncovering of an alleged mining-supply cartel. The findings of the commission have been referred to the Competition Tribunal, which has been asked to levy a penalty of 10% on the annual turnover of three of the four firms named.... 

Over 100 South African mines operating without water licences

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th September 2009 South Africa currently had around 104 mines operating without legal water licences, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica told Parliament on Tuesday. In a written response to questions, Sonjica stated that the majority of these mines operated in Limpopo and the North West with... 

Zimbabwe can transform itself into 'an African tiger' – Biti

By: Jonathan Faurie     25th September 2009 Zimbabwe’s potential to rebuild itself to its former mining glory took centre stage at the inaugural Zimbabwe Mining Indaba, which was held in Harare last week. 

Tsvangirai calls for SA-style Mining Charter for Zimbabwe

By: Jonathan Faurie     25th September 2009 Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said last week that a Mining Charter for his country – similar to South Africa’s – should be seriously considered. 

Randgold & Exploration opts for arbitration to resolve JCI dispute 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2009 JSE-listed Randgold & Exploration on Tuesday chose to go to arbitration to resolve its marathon dispute with JCI, in a move that could unlock R1-billion in liquid assets alone. The two companies, which together hold a substantial volume of JSE-listed Gold Fields' shares, earlier this year held a... 

Brazil mining reform plan rouses investor anxiety 

By: Reuters     22nd September 2009 Brazil's plan to reform its mining code and potentially raise the royalties paid by mining companies must ensure the mineral-rich country can compete with up and coming resource providers increasingly vying for investment, miners said on Monday. Mines and Energy Minister Edison Lobao says... 

Sasol ‘disappointed' at loss of coal BEE partner Exxaro 

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2009 Coal-miner Sasol on Monday expressed disappointment at losing its black economic empowerment (BEE) partnership with Exxaro. The black-controlled JSE-listed Exxaro is South Africa's largest coal producer. Sasol CFO Christine Ramon, in an item not bullet-pointed on the overhead screen, said: "We... 

Govt action needed to help sustain Canadian mining sector – association 

By: Liezel Hill     31st August 2009 The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) on Monday presented the country's Mines Ministers, who are meeting this week in St John's, Newfoundland, with a list of actions that it believes are necessary to ensure the sector remains competitive. These include increased and ongoing investment in... 

South Africa risking losses through logistical ineptitude – Patrice Motsepe 

By: Martin Creamer     31st August 2009 South Africa was running the risk of losing business to rival countries because of logistical ineptitude, African Rainbow Minerals (Arm) executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe said on Monday. "The whole Transnet issue is a very, very important one," Motsepe told the Arm annual results... 

First Quantum prepares formal response to DRC on Kolwezi contract

By: Liezel Hill     28th August 2009 Vancouver-based First Quantum Minerals and its partners are preparing a formal response, after receiving a letter from the Prime Minister of the Democratic of Congo, effectively proposing that the company return the permit for the Kolwezi project in the country. The Kolwezi project is owned by... 

World Bank to back DRC’s planned special economic zone

By: Jonathan Faurie     28th August 2009 The Investment Climate Advisory Services division of the World Bank Group (WBG) has agreed to support the Democratic Republic of Congo’s planned special economic zone (SEZ) aimed at encouraging investment and employment opportunities. 

Amended minerals law administratively burdensome, has financial implications for miners, explorers – attorney

By: Loni Prinsloo     28th August 2009 A number of the amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resource Development Act (MPRDA), under the Amendment Act, are a cause for concern, said Webber Wentzel head of natural resources and regulatory division Peter Leon at the Mineral Rights Compliance and Reporting conference.  

Footwear company says reflective gumboots will improve mineworker safety

By: Jonathan Faurie     28th August 2009 With health and safety being at the top of every mining company’s agenda, health and safety officers are constantly evaluating and auditing safety practices. Industrial footwear company Bata Industrials, part of the Bata International Group, have inhanced its gumboots in an effort to improve... 

Mongolia vote clears way for Oyu Tolgoi deal 'in near future'

By: Liezel Hill     25th August 2009 Mongolia's Parliament has approved changes to four laws, clearing the way for a long-awaited investment agreement on the giant Oyu Tolgoi copper/gold project, Rio Tinto and Ivanhoe Mines reported on Tuesday. "The votes today by overwhelming majorities of the members present for the special... 

Mintek, NUM seal recognition agreement

By: Loni Prinsloo     21st August 2009 The South African mineral-research body Mintek has signed a formalised recognition agreement with the National Union of Mines (NUM), paving the way for both parties to negotiate with each other regarding all areas of common interest, particularly on aspects of conditions of service. 

MQA launches initiative to improve 
maths and science education

By: Jonathan Faurie     21st August 2009 In response to the growing need to resolve the country’s increasing skills crisis, the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) has recently launched its tutoring programme to promote the development of maths and science at high school level. 

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