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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... 

Mining in Africa's renaissance plan

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2002 The question whether the exploitation of Africa’s mineral riches benefit Africans has been asked for decades. 

Charter to change mining sector ownership face

24th May 2002 In what is probably the strongest statement by government on black ownership in the mining sector to date, Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said in her Budget Vote on Tuesday that government would not compromise with, among other things, a significant change in ownership... 

11 small mining projects shortlisted for investment focus

10th May 2002 THE Department of Minerals and Energy has compiled a list of 11 small to junior-scale mining projects in South Africa that are in the market for investment. 

SA mining firms say minerals Bill falls short

7th May 2002 South Africa’s big mining companies said a redrafted minerals Bill fell short of a deal reached with government leaders last year to avert a fight over the country’s mineral wealth. 

New look minerals Bill unveiled

24th April 2002 South Africa published a redrafted minerals development Bill addressing some of the concerns raised by the country’s big mining companies after a first version was tabled in December 2000. 

R21m not enough for mine rehab

By: candice haase     29th March 2002 With the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Bill in the process of being finalised, the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) is still determined to provide a panacea for the legacy of unrehabilitated, derelict and ownerless mines that plague South Africa, maintains Elize Swart,... 

Minerals Bill expected to alleviate co-ownership complications

By: Hulme Scholes     15th March 2002 Due to the historical freedom of testation with respect to mineral rights in South Africa, the situation has arisen that mineral rights for a single property are sometimes held by numerous individuals in undivided shares. 

Need for SA valuation code urgent

15th March 2002 The South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) was invited by its Australian counterpart (AusIMM), to prepare a paper for the International Valmin 2001 conference in Sydney, held in October last year. 

Minister spells out draft minerals law to investors

1st March 2002 At the opening of the international conference on mining investment in Africa in Cape Town last month, Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, was at pains to assure potential foreign investors that their investment in the South African mining industry would be safe, and not... 

'Minister's discretion must be limited in mining law'

20th February 2002 “The Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Bill, which will be introduced to Parliament shortly, should be a considerable improvement on the previous version,” stated a senior partner and regulatory lawyer at Webber Wentzel Bowens, Peter Leon. 

Minister spells out draft minerals law to investors

13th February 2002 At the opening of the yearly Mining Indaba in Cape Town yesterday, the Minister of Minerals and Energy, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, was at pains to assure potential foreign investors that their investment in the South African mining industry would be safe, and would not be threatened by the draft... 

Nedlac to review Minerals Bill this month

12th February 2002 The new Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Bill being drafted by the Department of Minerals and Energy will be tabled at the National Economic and Labour Council at the end of this month. 

Bill not clear on empowerment

By: Hulme Scholes     25th January 2002 Economic empowerment for historically disadvantaged groups is a much discussed and debated issue in all areas of South African business life. 

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