It’s Zwane ver­sus Cham­ber of Mines

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THE CHAM­BER of Mines said yes­ter­day that the Depart­ment of Min­eral Re­sources had in­structed all its of­fices to halt the pro­cess­ing of new min­ing right or prospect­ing right ap­pli­ca­tions, de­spite a pend­ing court case and a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion process. “It has come to the at­ten­tion of the Cham­ber of Mines that the Depart­ment of Min­eral Re­sources (DMR) head of­fice has in­structed all the DMR re­gional of­fices to stop pro­cess­ing any sec­tion 11, new min­ing right or prospect­ing right ap­pli­ca­tions sub­mit­ted by min­ing com­pa­nies af­ter July 19, 2017,” the cham­ber’s pres­i­dent Mx­olisi Mgojo said. “In essence, the DMR is im­ple­ment­ing the DMR min­is­ter’s pro­posed mora­to­rium on new ap­pli­ca­tions in terms of sec­tion 49 of the Min­eral and Petroleum Re­sources De­vel­op­ment Act (MPRDA) de­spite the clos­ing date for com­ments on the pro­posal only be­ing on Au­gust 4, 2017.” This comes as the cham­ber last week lodged an ur­gent in­ter­dict in the Pretoria High Court to pre­vent min­eral re­sources min­is­ter Mosebenzi Zwane from im­ple­ment­ing a no­tice to sus­pend the pro­cess­ing of the new sec­tion 11 of the MPRDA. Zwane last month in­vited rep­re­sen­ta­tions on his in­ten­tion to re­strict the grant­ing of new ap­pli­ca­tion for prospect­ing rights and min­ing rights. – ANA

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