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Mine Closure and Rehabilitation Services

Instil portable skills to assist economic development post closure – consultancy

By: Nadine James     16th November 2018 Mining companies’ social and labour plans (SLPs) should incorporate initiatives or programmes aimed at reskilling workers and uplifting community members through the development of portable skills, says socioeconomic development facilitator Economic Development Solutions (EDS) MD Janine Espin.... 

Mine closure and rehabilitation regulations developing under contesting pressures

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th November 2018 October 2009 saw the release of the “report of the Auditor General to Parliament on a performance audit of the rehabilitation of abandoned mines at the Department of Minerals and Energy [DME]”. This stated that, as of the end of May 2008, there were 5 906 abandoned mines in South Africa, most of... 

Regulatory uncertainty results in inability to comply

By: Nadine James     17th November 2017 Given the uncertainty surrounding the interpretation of the National Environmental Management Act’s (Nema’s) Financial Provision Regulations, most mining companies have decided to wait until the regulations have been finalised before allocating resources to become compliant, says underwriting... 

Regulatory uncertainty results in inability  to comply
LEENTIE SMIT Financial guarantee solutions allow mining clients to fund the mining rehabilitation liability over a period that takes into consideration life-of-mine

Consultancy looks to reduce cost of complying with new regulations

By: Nadine James     17th November 2017 Mining consultancy The MSA Group is liaising with various industry players including mining companies, insurers, law and auditing firms to establish a consistent approach to assessing and reviewing mine closure liability. They believe that this collaboration will result in greater understanding... 

Consultancy looks to reduce cost of complying with new regulations
RECLAIMED BY NATURE The new, stricter regulations are likely owing to the Department of Mineral Resources being responsible for the rehabilitation close to 6 000 abandoned mines

Financial provisioning regulations a game changer – law firm

By: Nadine James     17th November 2017 The National Environmental Management Act’s (Nema’s) Financial Provisioning Regulations are a game changer because of the level of detail they require from mining companies, as well as the increased levels of liability they have established, says mining law firm Webber Wentzel. Webber Wentzel... 

Financial provisioning regulations a game changer – law firm
GARYN RAPSON The new laws have changed the rules surrounding mine closure in fundamental ways

Final position on regulations requires greater impetus

By: Victor Moolman     11th November 2016 Although government has shown a willingness to consider the concerns raised by industry regarding the recently promulgated Financial Provisioning Regulations under the National Environmental Management Act (Nema) and softening some of the “hard edges”, greater urgency in establishing a clear... 

Final position on regulations requires greater impetus
MINE ACIDITY The new regulations should help to decrease the acidity of the acid mine water discharge from mines that have been closed

Toolbox to guide mine closure, rehabilitation

By: Victor Moolman     11th November 2016 The rehabilitation toolbox for the closure and rehabilitation of mining operations being developed by engineering and infrastructure advisory services company Aurecon aims to enable a mine’s management to plan effectively for and mitigate the environmental and community impact of a shuttered... 

S Africa behind global curve

By: Victor Moolman     11th November 2016 South Africa is behind the global curve when it comes to the integration of mine closure and rehabilitation in the mining life cycle with the historical approach of mining companies being to focus predominantly on driving production, state consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting. 

S Africa behind global curve
ABANDONED MINE A typical extraction at an abandoned and derelict asbestos mine
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