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Law firms see benefits of gazetted Mining Charter 3, MPRDA amendment Bill removal

By: Simone Liedtke     28th September 2018 To effect the necessary changes that are needed for South Africa’s economy to grow, government and industry will, moving forward, have to focus on economic assessments, instead of policy development, says law firm Webber Wentzel partner and mining sector head Jonathan Veeran. Following the... 

Mantashe to unpack finalised Mining Charter on Thursday

By: News24Wire      26th September 2018 Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe will on Thursday morning brief members of the media on the finalised version of the Mining Charter. The long-awaited release of a renewed charter comes a week after Minister of Communications Nomvula Mokonyane confirmed that it had been approved by... 

Zwane issued ultimatum to bank on closing Gupta accounts, inquiry hears  

By: African News Agency      17th September 2018 In trying to force Standard Bank to reverse its decision to close Gupta-linked business accounts, former mineral resources minister Mosebenzi Zwane reminded the bank executives that the South African government was in charge of issuing banking licenses and could change banking laws anytime.... 

ANC, ministers threatened Standard Bank to force it to keep Gupta accounts open, State capture commission hears

By: News24Wire      17th September 2018 Former mineral resources minister Mosebenzi Zwane threatened Standard Bank's operating licence and threatened to change the banking laws, all in an effort to allow the politically connected Gupta family to keep their bank accounts open. This is according to Standard Bank's former head of... 

Early adoption of Mining Charter supplier requirements will be a competitive advantage – lawyer

By: Simone Liedtke     6th September 2018 Being an empowered vendor of services and goods to the mining industry will offer significant leverage in supply negotiations, once the draft Mining Charter is promulgated, says law firm Strata Legal MD Brandon Irsigler. The Mining Charter, which Mineral Resource Minister Gwede Mantashe said... 

Balanced Mining Charter needed to attract investment – law firm

By: Simone Liedtke     6th July 2018 The most recent iteration of the draft Mining Charter needs to be balanced, and incorporate all mining industry stakeholders, to promote much-needed investment into the South African mining industry, international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills director Patrick Leyden tells Mining Weekly... 

Latest charter draft an improvement on previous iteration but discontent persists

By: Simone Liedtke     6th July 2018 The third iteration of the Mining Charter will have a significant effect on vendors of services and goods in the procurement space of South African mining, says legal services provider Strata Legal director Brandon Irsigler, noting that a great many suppliers to the mining industry are in the... 

Coal miner, community set to meet in public debate to discuss Yzermyn underground coal mine

By: Simone Liedtke     28th June 2018 India-owned mining company Atha Africa Ventures is set to engage in a public debate with the community to discuss the potential impacts and remediation of a proposed coal mine near Wakkerstroom, in Mpumalanga, on Friday, June 29. This open forum community-oriented debate will allow all parties,... 

New draft Mining Charter better than ‘disaster’ it is replacing – Mohale

By: Nadine James     22nd June 2018 The latest draft of the third Mining Charter is not perfect, but it is better than the “disaster” it is replacing, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Bonang Mohale told attendees at the African Mining Network event on Thursday evening. He explained that the previous draft, which was... 

Plan for mining community development levy scrapped

By: Bloomberg     6th June 2018 South Africa’s government has scrapped plans to compel mining companies to contribute 1% of their annual turnover to a new community development agency because it feared the funds could be abused, the nation’s mining minister said. The levy was proposed in a draft of the nation’s new Mining... 

Positive sentiment remains, despite 8.4% y/y fall in March mining production

By: Simone Liedtke     10th May 2018 The 8.4% year-on-year decrease in South Africa’s mining production in March is not necessarily an accurate reflection of the state of the mining industry, says international law firm Hogan Lovells mining head Warren Beech. He hopes that figures will have “smoothed out by June or July”, as at... 

Court ruling on ‘once empowered, always empowered’ principle brings certainty to the mining industry

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 The High Court’s judgment earlier this week in support of the ‘once empowered, always empowered’ principle will provide clarity for the mining industry, which will contribute to greater investor confidence, says law firm Webber Wentzel. The High Court on Wednesday ruled that mining right holders... 

Glencore is said to mull buying back Gupta-linked coal mine

By: Bloomberg     27th March 2018 Glencore is considering a bid for the Optimum coal operations in South Africa, which it sold in 2015 to a company part-owned by the politically connected Gupta family, according to two people familiar with the matter. Optimum supplies fuel to state power utility Eskom Holdings and became a... 

Former mines minister a no show at Parliament

By: African News Agency      14th March 2018 Former mineral resource minister Mosebenzi Zwane on Wednesday failed to appear before Parliament’s portfolio committee on mineral resources where he had been expected to answer questions on allegations of State capture. According to committee chairperson Sahlulele Luzipo, the former minister... 

Nigerian mining’s GDP contribution seen increasing sixfold to 3%, cautious optimism takes hold in South Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd February 2018 With investors continuously scouring for new opportunities worldwide and countries scrutinised for their investment attractiveness and moni- tored in terms of economic growth, new light has been cast on the re-emerging and growing Nigerian mining sector, while South Africa’s mining industry... 

Parliament to launch inquiry into Zwane

By: Reuters     21st February 2018 Parliament will launch an investigation into allegations of influence-peddling against Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, its oversight committee on mineral resources department said on Wednesday. The committee did not give specific reasons on why it wanted to open an investigation into... 

Eyes on Gigaba amid talk of Cabinet reshuffle before budget

By: Reuters     16th February 2018 South Africa's Treasury is set to present its 2018 budget to parliament on Wednesday but market focus is on whether new President Cyril Ramaphosa will reshuffle the cabinet before then and replace Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba. Ramaphosa was sworn in as head of state on Thursday after his... 

Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon is cautiously optimistic that the changes signalled by newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosa will benefit South Africa’s economic recovery. In a speech to the British Chamber of Business in South Africa on Thursday evening, he... 

Solidarity calls for Mining Charter to be set aside

By: Anine Kilian     14th February 2018 Trade Union Solidarity on Wednesday disclosed the contents of documents it has submitted as part of a court case to have the third iteration of the Mining Charter set aside. Speaking at a media briefing, in Pretoria, Solidarity research industry head Connie Mulder said the trade union would act... 

NUM calls on workers to report unsafe working conditions

By: African News Agency      9th February 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Friday called on its structures in the mines to confront management and employers whenever there are health and safety deviations or substandard working conditions. In a statement, the NUM said that workers must exercise their right to refuse to work in... 

Political shifts lift investor mood in Southern African mining

By: Reuters     8th February 2018 Mining is a long-term game, but in Southern Africa dramatic political changes have transformed the investment mood for the better in the space of a year. Angola's Jose Eduardo dos Santos and Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe stepped down in 2017 after a combined 75 years in office, while the election of... 

Mining Charter should be withdrawn – Frans Baleni

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2018 In the spirit of meaningful dialogue, the Mining Charter should be withdrawn and all key stakeholders must have a serious dialogue about the future of a sustainable mining industry in South Africa, Mining Indaba advisory board member and former leading mining trade unionist Frans Baleni said on... 

South Africa completes inquiry into Lily mine tragedy – Zwane

By: African News Agency      5th February 2018 South Africa’s mining minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Monday that government had completed its inquiry into the tragedy of Lily mine and that the report would now be handed over to the Department of Mineral Resources. "The inquiry into the Lily Mine accident has been concluded, and a report will... 

Beaufort West municipality to be handed fresh water resource – Zwane

By: African News Agency      5th February 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane announced on Monday that his department would be handing over the newly-discovered fresh water resource in Beaufort West to the municipality. Last year, the Council for Geoscience (CGS), a statutory science council under the Department of Mineral... 

Mineworkers union calls for 'infrastructure audit' at South African mines

By: African News Agency      2nd February 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Friday called for an infrastructure audit to be conducted on all South African mines in a bid to prevent underground accidents. All 952 workers were rescued alive on Friday at Sibanye-Stillwater's Beatrix gold mine in Welkom, in the Free State. They had... 

New energy to ease mining industry conflict – Scholes

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st February 2018 There appears to be new political resolve to mend the relationship between the mining industry and the Department of Mineral Resources, says specialised law firm Malan Scholes director Hulme Scholes. Speaking at the IHS Markit South African Coal Export Conference, in Cape Town, on Thursday, the... 

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over South Africa amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 The South African mining industry has had a tumultuous time because of the controversial Reviewed Draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, also known as Mining Charter III, which, amid lingering political uncertainty, led to low... 

CGS discovers fresh water resource in Beaufort West 

By: African News Agency      13th December 2017 An unprecedented discovery of a fresh water resource has been found in Beaufort West, Western Cape, the Department of Mineral Resources said on Tuesday.  According to the department, the resource was discovered by the Council for Geoscience (CGS), a statutory science council reporting to the... 

Silicosis: we’re close to a deal with the mines, says miners’ attorney

By: News24Wire      12th December 2017 A settlement between thousands of sick gold miners and the mining industry is possible before the end of the year, according to one of the attorneys for the sick mineworkers. More than 100 000 mineworkers and former mineworkers, and their dependants, are claiming damages for contracting silicosis... 

Mine fatalities in South Africa rise first time in decade 

By: Bloomberg     8th December 2017 For the first time in almost a decade, more people are dying in South African mines, the world’s deepest and among the most dangerous. There were 81 fatalities from January through November, according to data from the Chamber of Mines, an industry lobby group. Harmony Gold Mining Co. reported a... 

Court allows parties to join CoM’s application for Mining Charter review

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th November 2017 The High Court has granted a request by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) and Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), which represent certain mining community organisations, to join the Chamber of Mines’ (CoM’s) application for a review of the third iteration of the Mining Charter. The CoM had... 

Zwane must be probed on State capture and Gupta relations – DA 

By: News24Wire      1st November 2017 There are enough grounds to establish an ad hoc committee of inquiry into Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane’s relationship with the Gupta family and allegations of State capture, said James Lorimer from the Democratic Alliance (DA). Speaking to journalists after a meeting of the... 

Govt eager to get mining parties back to the table – Gigaba

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th October 2017 With the implementation of the revised – and heavily contested – Mining Charter Three postponed to December, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday said it was critical that the current impasse in the mining sector be resolved. Earlier this year, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR)... 

Mining communities ask to join case against South Africa Charter

By: Bloomberg     24th October 2017 A group of South African mining communities will challenge the government’s Mining Charter and seek a court order to ensure they are involved in drafting any replacement. About 150 community-based organizations and activists, represented by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies, will apply to join... 

Sixth death in platinum belt in three months

By: News24Wire      19th October 2017 British platinum mine giant Lonmin has raised "deep concerns" following the death of employee Tholakele Dlunga this week, the sixth in the platinum belt in the North West in the past three months. "Lonmin is deeply concerned by the recent fatal shootings across the platinum belt. The company is... 

Chamber files for review of 'disastrous' Mining Charter

By: News24Wire      18th October 2017 The Chamber of Mines filed an application in the North Gauteng High court on Tuesday to have a judicial review and setting aside of the Mining Charter. According to the founding affidavit, the Charter released by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on June 15 had, and continues to have, a... 

Zwane to Parliament – Am I being investigated?

By: News24Wire      18th October 2017 "Am I being investigated? I need to know so that we can start dealing with facts and not allegations that are in the media." Those were the introductory remarks from Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane who is currently appearing before Parliament's portfolio committee on mineral resources... 

Resources Watch  

12th October 2017 This week: Chamber of Mines stands by its decision to boycott gala dinner; Rip up charter, provide tax incentives, back junior miners, says Maimane And, ANC will heed Joburg Indaba call for removal of Minerals Minister, says Mkhize 

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