The meeting was held almost two hours before schedule, so that PMG was not able to attend, or obtain a recording. However, from the mandates presented, and from information received from Parliamentary support staff, it is apparent that the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill (as amended) was adopted without any qualification by the five provinces – Free State, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, North West and Northern Cape. Although Limpopo expressed its concern with the fast-tracking of the Bill, which it felt had not afforded sufficient time for a comprehensive public participation process, it had held public hearings, and was prepared to confer a mandate on its representative to vote in favour of the Bill, with a recommendation that the Bill should be deferred to the Fifth Parliament.
Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill: Final mandates and adoption
The written final mandates on the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill (the Bill) were presented as follows:
The Free State Legislature mandated its representative to vote in favour of the Bill.
The final mandate reflected that the province supported the detail and principle of the Bill.
The final mandate noted that whilst it was in support of the Bill, it wished to express “very much” concern about the fast-tracking of the Bill, which it submitted had not permitted the Bill to be subjected to a comprehensive public participation process. The Committee had been briefed on the Bill on the previous Monday, the same date on which it held its public hearings. It indicated that it was prepared to confer a mandate on its representative to vote in favour of the Bill, with a recommendation that the Bill should be deferred to the Fifth Parliament.
The final mandate reflected that the province mandated its representative to vote in favour of the Bill.
The North West’s final provincial mandate reflected a vote in favour of the Bill.
The Northern Cape legislature voted in favour of the Bill. Its final mandate reflected that it was briefed on 18 March on the Bill and had held a public hearing on 19 March, during which there was engagement with stakeholders. A meeting of the relevant committee held on the following day had resolved to adopt the Bill.
In summary, five provinces voted without reservation in favour of the Bill, whilst Limpopo appeared to vote in favour of the Bill but recommend that it should be deferred to the Fifth Parliament.
It is unknown whether mandates were read out from the remaining provinces. The Western Cape representative had indicated, at a previous meeting held on 25 March, that his province had already determined and expressed at the stage of the negotiating mandate, that this province would be voting against the Bill. The negotiating mandate for the Eastern Cape had expressed support for the Bill “subject to (some) parameters”, and KwaZulu Natal had indicated, at negotiating mandate stage, that its province was not yet ready to give an answer.
The meeting was adjourned.
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