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Legislative Environment News

'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. 

Minerals Development Bill: the Devil is in the detail

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     18th January 2002 There is no denying that the debate surrounding mineral rights ownership in South Africa has always been acrimonious. 

Minerals Development Bill: the Devil is in the detail

18th January 2002 There is no denying that the debate surrounding mineral rights ownership in South Africa has always been acrimonious. 

'Green' beneficiation is environment-friendly

By: Deborah Spicer     7th December 2001 The beneficiation of Ticor SA’s heavy minerals takes place with the addition of few chemicals, enthuses beneficiation manager Robbie Gleimius. 

Minerals asset register urgent

By: Irma Venter     30th November 2001 Mining and minerals valuation experts Venmyn is urging mining companies and individual owners of mineral rights to get their house in order before the effects of the newly-implemented capital gains tax (CGT) hits home, and the long-awaited Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Bill is... 

Minerals law rapproachment

By: Keith Campbell     16th November 2001 The South African mining industry is hopeful that the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Bill – a redrafted and renamed minerals development Bill – will reflect the agreement reached between captains of the industry and senior officials of the Department of Minerals and... 

Coal empowerment company's 10-yr growth plan mapped out

By: Laura Franz     2nd November 2001 While the dust may have settled above-ground since a shake-up in the local coal industry led to the genesis of Eyesizwe, South Africa’s fourth-largest coal company, underground the company is working up a storm as, within the next decade, it prepares to grow its production from 18,5-million... 

Chamber plans new onslaught on minerals Bill

By: Terence Creamer     25th October 2001 Chamber of Mines president Rick Menell has revealed that the mining industry is happy with about 80% of the content of the latest draft of the controversial Minerals Development Bill, but still has some serious reservations about the remaining 20%. 

More assistance provided for small-scale miners

12th October 2001 A technology demonstration centre has been set up by metals and minerals research organisation Mintek, of Johannesburg, to assist grassroots operators and small business in the field of mining. 

Brother and sister of SA mining

12th October 2001 Brother and sister in mining, Mmakau Mining founder and executive chairperson Bridgette Motsepe Radebe and African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) CEO Patrice Motsepe, are united in the drive to see more black involvement in a sector still dominated by large white-owned companies. 

Taking the 'use-it-or-lose-it' gap

By: Laura Franz     5th October 2001 The changing minerals development landscape in South Africa has peaked the interest of Australian junior mining investor Gold Valley Mines (GVM), which – as of last month – is ready to back local beneficiation and mining projects valued at up to R100-million individually, reports... 

New law must prove security of tenure for investors

By: Claire Tucker     5th October 2001 A colleague of mine, Val Mogg, is an expert in mining law and, for this week’s column, she has assisted me in developing some further thoughts on the minerals legislation currently under consideration. 

Australians and Canadians come a-hunting

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     5th October 2001 Officials at Australian junior exploration firm Kings Minerals relish recounting how they acquired the Wimbledon diamond prospect near Kimberley, in the Northern Cape. 

The globalisation of South Africa's mining industry

By: Irma Venter     7th September 2001 Mining has been the major strength of the South African economy and will continue to fulfil this role, says South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) outgoing president Dr Larry Cramer. 

Lack of funding stifles geoscience

7th September 2001 The future economic development and prosperity of the African sub-continent hinges on the availability of good geographical and geological knowledge which would enable the subcontinent to use its mineral wealth and surface area in the region optimally. 

Eastern Cape fuel retailers eye mining opportunities

7th September 2001 Thirty fuel-station owners from the Eastern Cape have grouped together to form a new black-empowerment company in the minerals and energy sector. 

Research for the people

7th September 2001 South African science councils serve the needs of a developing country and should therefore balance academic blue-sky research with relevant and applicable information aimed at poverty alleviation. 

Challenges facing junior mining companies

By: Keith Campbell     31st August 2001 The South African mining industry lacks a large and strong junior mining sector, but this is set to change, with real opportunities likely to emerge. But there are still substantial challenges. 

SADC in beneficiation push

By: Keith Campbell     24th August 2001 SADC is determined to beneficiate the products of its mining industry 

Research to promote more use of downstream resources

By: Keith Campbell     24th August 2001 SOUTH African metallurgical and mineral processing research and development (R&D) organisation Mintek is vigorously pursuing a wide range of beneficiation technologies 

Overlapping responsibilities could result in environmental inaction

By: Claire Tucker     24th August 2001 The environmental effects of mining have traditionally been subject to a separate regulatory regime from other industries. A number of statutory interventions since 1998 incorporate mining and mining effects into the mainstream of environmental regulation. 

Junior miners the key to a healthy industry

By: Zonika Botha     17th August 2001 With the South African gold-mining industry slowly but surely on the decline, the industry needs to explore more global mining opportunities. 

Big socio-economic plan emerging to secure jobs for miners

17th August 2001 South African mining has, in the past two years, been contemplating several proposed changes to the way it conducts its business. The most critical of these will come on the back of the proposed Minerals Development Bill, which has received much publicity. However, an ambitious, but less... 

Big socio-economic plan emerging to secure jobs for miners

17th August 2001 South African mining has, in the past two years, been contemplating several proposed changes to the way it conducts its business. 

Women show mining mettle

6th August 2001 Delivering the keynote address at the gala launch of the South African Women in Mining Association (Sawima) Gauteng region on Friday, Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka focused on the progress achieved since the national launch of Sawima in December 1999 to date, as well as on... 

Junior mining conference on August 14

3rd August 2001 The Junior Mining Millennium Outlook and Opportunities Conference, a PricewaterhouseCoopers initiative, with supporting sponsors, Harmony, Mmakau, Anglogold and Eyesizwe, is to be held on August 14 at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg. 

Now 30-year tenure, says Minister

1st August 2001 Mineral-rights owners have been given an additional five years of tenure to ‘use it or lose it’, Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has told a Gibs forum on the future of mining held in Johannesburg. 

Lengthening the cycle of the mining industry

27th July 2001 In a cyclical-natured mining industry based on demand and often rocked by changing commodity prices, efforts to lengthen its cycle are on the increase, reports PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) global metals and mining leader Hugh Cameron. 

SA junior mining fund taking shape

27th July 2001 One of the issues that the draft Minerals Development Bill covers is the provision of funding for historically-disadvantaged groups seeking to enter the junior mining sector of industry. 

Global coal market attracts entrepreneurs

22nd June 2001 The international coal market is in a boom at present, and there are more requests for coal exports than the amount of coal producers can allocate to export. 

SA diamond-processing plants for DRC

15th June 2001 International mining company Oryx Natural Resources has awarded a multimillion US dollar contract for the supply of diamond-processing plants for two of its mining sites near Mbuji-Mayi, in the DRC, to Johannesburg company Bateman Project Holdings. 

Long road still lies ahead for Minerals Development Bill

8th June 2001 The draft Minerals Development Bill, hailed in some quarters as the key that will unlock the door for previously-disadvantaged people intent on entering the R500-billion South African mining industry, is unlikely to achieve this particular objective, assert critics of the proposed legislation. 

Don’t discount mining’s contribution

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Despite concerns that the mining industry is in decline, Chamber of Mines president Rick Menell asserts that the local mining ‘cluster’ is making a rich and varied contribution to the national economy, and is well advanced in having a substantial effect on development in the Southern... 

Mindpower is Mintek’s magic

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Internationally-renowned South African science council Mintek, which specialises in the development of mineral processing and beneficiation technologies, is threatened by the gap between the salaries it can pay its scientists and those paid by the private sector. 

Expansion to produce an extra 395 000 ounces

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Platinum 

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