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Land rights and mining


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Mining – the future in 2020: An optimistic forecast

Mining remains one of the major contributors to the South African economy. In 2019, the mining industry saw a number of exciting developments. More interesting developments lie ahead...

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Card image 13 December 2019 Creamer Media's Mining Weekly

Law firms set out notable aspects of draft amendments to MPRDA

Law firm Webber Wentzel this week set out some of the most notable aspects of the draft amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Regulations, following its publication by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe last month. In a report compiled by the firm’s Jonathan Veeran, Rita Spalding, Bruce Dickinson and Manus Booysen, Webber Wentzel outlines that the draft amendments envisage various amendments to the MPRDA regulations.

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Card image 06 December 2019 Mail & Guardian

R49bn to rehabilitate 6 000 mines

The state is fixing mines deserted before a 2002 Act, but another law could force owners to pay up

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Card image 05 December 2019 Daily Maverick

‘This chrome is our only hope’

Limpopo’s unlicensed artisanal miners brave police raids and falling rocks to beat poverty as the government remains indecisive about the issuing of permits.

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DMRE calls for public comment on MPRDA amendments, community resettlement guidelines

The public has been given until January 31, 2020, to submit comments on the draft amendments to the Mineral Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) and the draft Mine Community Resettlement Guidelines. The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) on Thursday said the drafts had been gazetted for public comment.

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Card image 15 November 2019 Daily Maverick

Hidden cost of coal: Sacrificing communities and the environment for short-term gain

The new Integrated Resource Plan commits our economy to coal for the foreseeable future — but the costs of this on South Africans are mounting. This article explores the devastating impact of a dying, immensely destructive industry on a KwaZulu-Natal rural community, and the determined battle being waged by Sabelo Dladla and others to have their rights acknowledged.

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Constitutional Court rejects coal mining company’s attempt to appeal

High Court judgment blocking proposed mining stands – but the saga isn’t over

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18 November 2019 DispatchLive

Constitutional Court dismisses mine company bid to mine in protected area

The Constitutional Court has had the final say on the approvals for a coal mine inside an Mpumalanga Protected Area and Strategic Water Source Area.

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Card image 14 November 2019 New Frame

Mining activities still dispossess black families

Mining companies and some heritage consultants don’t understand the sacredness attached to ancestral remains and the meaning of land in African communities.

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Card image 13 November 2019 IOL

Drought threatens SA’s food security

Prevailing conditions could collapse rural economies and decimate the country’s entire agricultural industry.

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