DMRE, IDC establish Junior Mining Exploration Fund

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IDC COO Joanne Bate

7th February 2024

By: Sabrina Jardim

Creamer Media Online Writer


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The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) have signed a memorandum of agreement officially establishing the Junior Mining Exploration Fund.

The establishment of this fund forms part of South Africa’s mineral exploration strategy. The fund’s main objective is to enable eligible South African junior mining enterprises to access funding to conduct prospecting work, increase access to mine orebodies and promote economic inclusion to support equitable economic growth.

The main qualifying criteria require applicants to comply with the South African mining regulatory requirements, including, but not limited to, the provisions of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, the National Environmental Management Act and the National Water Act.

“We can’t overstate the significance of this industry to our economy. Mining is not only the backbone of our economy but is the largest employing sector in this country.

“Our exposure has informed us of the many challenges facing emerging black-owned mining companies that are looking for a foothold into this sector. Exploration costs can be onerous on small mining firms and, therefore, it is our hope that the fund will help alleviate the challenges facing junior mining companies,” said IDC COO Joanne Bate.

The fund will be administered and managed by the IDC while the DMRE, supported by the Council for Geoscience, will determine the minerals whose exploration can be funded through this initiative.

The DMRE and the IDC are finalising modalities as to when the first application window to call for qualifying companies to submit applications for consideration will be made.

Edited by Chanel de Bruyn
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Online


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