Lonmin says it is a victim of vexatious litigation

Posted 29 October 2018

The Mining Forum of South Africa has applied to the North West High Court to have the mining licences suspended of Lonmin, as well as Eastern Platinum and Western Platinum (both controlled by Lonmin). The Forum, a not for profit organisation that seeks regulatory compliance in the mining industry, says Lonmin has shirked its Social and Labour Plan (SLP) obligations.

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Fuzzy disclosure by mines obscures the truth about rehabilitation

Posted 21 June 2018

It’s an old trick of the mining game: when it comes to paying for rehabilitation of mined land, duck the liability by selling the mine or declaring insolvency. Or put it under indefinite “care and maintenance”. New research by the Centre for Environmental Rights’ (CER) and Intellidex shows just how opaque mining rehabilitation is in SA.

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Mining charters are unconstitutional and must be scrapped - lawyer

Posted 09 February 2018

Mining lawyer Hulme Scholes has brought an application before the Johannesburg High Court to have all three versions of the Mining Charter set aside on the grounds that they are unconstitutional. The government needs to replace the charters with law which will remove political interference from the policy process.

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Mining investors rate Congo over SA for mining policy

Posted 21 March 2017

There has, quite appropriately, been much wailing and gnashing of teeth over South Africa's lamentable performance in the Fraser Institute's survey of the enabling environment for mining investment. In terms of one of the Institute's two indices – ‘policy perceptions’ – South Africa is the third worst performer on the African continent, writes David Christianson of the Institute of Race Relations.

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New minerals bill will further hobble the mining industry

Posted 25 September 2013

Anthea Jeffery, head of special research at the SA Institute of Race Relations, argues that the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill will impose a raft of unrealistic expectations on an already embattled mining industry in South Africa.

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Draft Minerals Bill will discourage investment in SA

Posted 11 September 2013

The draft Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill of 2013 vests the minister with sweeping and arbitrary powers, and will drive away investment, says the SA Institute of Race Relations. 

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Government is a menace to the mining industry

Posted 09 July 2013

Reckless and arbitrary actions by government ministers have done as much damage to the mining industry as anything else, says John Kane-Berman of the SA Institute of Race Relations.

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Anglo mining rights under threat

Posted 19 January 2013

Anglo American LogoMineral resources minister Susan Shabangu has promised to subject the “entire Anglo American portfolio of mining rights to regulatory scrutiny”...

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Proposed amendment to Minerals Bill gives minister wide discretionary powers

Posted 19 January 2013

Mining PhotoAccording to the latest Mining and Energy E-Alert from Webber Wentzel, proposed amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act of 2002 vests the minister with wide discretionary powers.

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