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23 August 2017 - NW2223

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)Whether a certain company (name furnished) has a prospecting licence on the Wolwerand Farm near Klerksdorp; if not, what entity currently holds prospecting rights on the farm; if so, when was the permit issued; (2) Whether any other permits have been issued to the specified company previously; if so, (a) on what date and (b) for how long were the permits issued; (3) (a) has any entity applied for mining rights on the Wolwerand Farm and (b) (i) what are the obligations of a prospecting company to rehabilitate environmental damage, (ii) by when must it be done and (iii) what is the total cost?

Reply:

1. No, the prospecting right issued to Shiva has lapsed, However there are two prospecting rights that were granted:

 (i) Afrikaner Lease – granted on the 26 April 2005

(ii) Bridoon Investments – granted on the 13 June 2011

2. Yes,

(a) 935PR issued on the 15/11/2006 for a period of two years 936PR issued 28/10/2006-27/10/2008

b) 940PR issued on the 28/10/2006 for a period of two years 936PR

c) 938PR issued on the 15/11/2006 for a period of two years 936PR

d) 1044PR issued on the 28/10/2006 for a period of two years 936PR

e) 929PR issued on the 28/10/2006 for a period of two years 936PR

f) 930PR issued on the 07/12/2006 for a period of two years 936PR

g) 932PR issued on the 28/10/2006 for a period of two years 936PR

h) 934PR issued on the 28/10/2006 for a period of two years 936PR

i) 928PR issued on the 07/12/2006 for a period of two years 936PR

j) 941PR issued on the 07/12/2006 for a period of two years 936PR

3. Yes, Shiva Uranium has an existing mining right over on the farm

(i) Prospecting company has a duty to ensure that concurrent rehabilitation is done.

(ii) it must be done as and when the prospecting takes place.

(iii) the total costs must be in line with the environmental disturbances to be created which may vary.

 

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

27 July 2017 - NW1904

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Mokoena, Mr L to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

Whether (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to him appointed transaction advisors for tenders in the period 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2016; if so, (i) who were the transaction advisors that were appointed for the tenders, (ii) for which tenders were they appointed, (iii) what was the pricing for the tenders in question and (iv) what amount were the transaction advisors paid?

Reply:

Whether (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to him appointed transaction advisors for tenders in the period 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2016; if so, (i) who were the transaction advisors that were appointed for the tenders, (ii) for which tenders were they appointed, (iii) what was the pricing for the tenders in question and (iv) what amount were the transaction advisors paid?

   

a)

(i)

(ii)

(iii)

  1. DPT

DMR

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

b)Entities

CGS

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

MINTEK

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

SDT

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

SADPMR

The SADPMR has not appointed transaction advisors for tenders in the period 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2016

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

MHSC

The MHSC would appoint its own transaction advisors in line with the approved Supply Chain Management Policy. For the period 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2016; no transaction advisors were appointed for tenders issued.

N/A

N/A

N/A

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

27 July 2017 - NW1931

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Mackay, Mr G to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)Whether, in view of a certain development (name and details furnished) and given that a certain mine (name furnished) has stated that the specified development cannot take place on the portion of land it owns, his department is aware of the development taking place in the surrounding areas; if so, what impact will renewed mining activity have on the development; (2) whether the development that the mine wants to start up has been noted or provided for in the environmental impact assessment done in this regard; if not, why not; (3) whether his department has information on what mining activity is envisaged for the mine in the area over the next 30 years?

Reply:

1. Yes, the impact of mining activities towards development will be, settlement, shock and cracking due to past, present and future mining operations

2. The right is a converted right which has an Environmental Management Plan which under NEMA transitional arrangements is deemed to be an Environmental Authorisation. The Company has been directed to revise the Environmental Authorisation.

3. Underground mining in excess of 2400 metres below surface for Gold ore and Silver ore

 

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

11 July 2017 - NW1930

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Mackay, Mr G to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)(a) On what date was the public participation for a certain mine housing development (name furnished) conducted and (b) how was the notice for public participation communicated; (2) whether a proper environmental impact assessment (EIA) was conducted; if so, what process has been followed since the specified EIA; (3) whether any objections were registered against the specified development; if so, what number of objections were lodged; (4) (a) how were the objectors notified of the tribunal hearing and (b) what was the outcome of the specified hearing?

Reply:

1. The Ekurhuleni Municipality and Gauteng Department of Agricultural and Rural Development are in position to advice on public participation for land use development as they are the custodians of land use. The Department’s mandate is to comment on impediment between mining and development and advise accordingly.

2. Environmental Impact Assessment is only submitted to Municipality and Gauteng Department of Agricultural and Rural Development, for land use development purposes. Developers’ use their discretion whether to submit the EIA to the department as it is not mining related.

3. The Department has not received any objection in writing from any interested and affected parties as yet

4. No objections in relation to the development from ERPM to DMR in writing has been received.

 

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

03 July 2017 - NW1412

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Brauteseth, Mr TJ to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

What (a) is the total amount spent by his department on legal fees (i) in the (aa) 2014-15, (bb) 2015-16 and (cc) 2016-17 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2017 and (b) are the (i) details, (ii) outcomes and (iii) costs of each case?

Reply:

a) The total amount spent by the department on legal fees in the (i) 2014/15,2015/16 and 2016/17 financial year amounts to (aa) R7.900 million, (bb) R6,476 million and (cc) R11.213 million respectively. The actual expenditure since (ii) 1 April 2017 is R924 thousands.

b) The Department’s accounting system is not designed to produce information on the details outcomes and costs of each case. The Department of Justice through its various State Attorney Offices, is responsible to effect payment of legal costs incurred by various departments. The Department in turn effects payment to the Department of Justice through standard interdepartmental processes.

 

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

03 July 2017 - NW1815

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Mokoena, Mr L to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)Which entities reporting to him (a) have a board in place and (b) do not have a board in place, (i) of those that have a board, (aa) when was each individual board member appointed and (bb) when is the term for each board lapsing and (ii) how many (aa) board members are there in each board and (bb) of those board members of each entity are female; (2) with reference to entities that do not have boards in place, (a) who is responsible for appointing the board and (b) when will a board be appointed?

Reply:

Which entities reporting to him (a) have a board in place and (b) do not have a board in place, (i) of those that have a board, (aa) when was each individual board member appointed and (bb) when is the term for each board lapsing and (ii) how many (aa) board members are there in each board and (bb) of those board members of each entity are female;

   

(i)aa

(i)(bb)

(ii)(aa)

(i)(bb)

b)Entities

CGS

All Board member were appointed on 01 March 2017. See the list below

All appointment will lapse on 29 February 2020

The Board has 16 members in total comprising of

Eleven 11 Main members

Four 04 Alternate members

1 Ex Officio member

The Board has 3 females

 

MINTEK

All Board members were appointed on 1 June 2016 but the Chairperson resigned on 31 March 2017 and the new Chairperson was appointed on 1 June 2017. See the list below

All appointments will lapse on 31 May 2019.

There are 10 Board Members and 1 Ex Officio Board Member who is the President & CEO whose term ends on 3 September 2017

The Board has 3 females

 

SDT

Appointed in July 2016 with effect from 1 September 2016.

All appointments will lapse on 31 September 2019

The Board has 15 members on the Board including the CEO.

The Board has 3 female members

 

SADPMR

All Board members were appointed on 01 November 2016

All appointments will lapse on 31 October 2019

The Board has 14 member and 3 alternate members.

The Board has 5 female members and 1 alternate.

 

MHSC

All Board members were appointed on 1 April 2017.See the list below

All appointments will lapse on 31 October 2019.

The board has 15 member and 14 alternate members.

The board has 3 females and 5 alternate members.

CGS Board

Board Name

Appointment Date

End of Term Date

Dr Humphrey Mathe (Chairperson)

01March 2017

29 February 2020

Mr Kagiso Menoe (DMR)

01March 2017

29 February 2020

Mr Andries Moatse (DMR- Alternate member)

01March 2017

29 February 2020

Dr Monde Mayekiso (DEA-main member)

01March 2017

29 February 2020

Mr Isham Abader (DEA-alternate member)

01March 2017

29 February 2020

Ms Deborah Mochothli (DWS-main member)

01March 2017

29 February 2020

Mr Paul Nel (DWS-alternate member)

01March 2017

29 February 2020

Ms Rosalind Mdubeki (DRDLR-main member)

01March 2017

29 February 2020

Ms Pontsho Tsotetsi (DRDLR-alternate member)

01March 2017

29 February 2020

Dr Jeffrey Mahachi (DHS)

01March 2017

29 February 2020

Mr Xolisa Mvinjelwa

01March 2017

29 February 2020

Mr Kabelo Koloi

01March 2017

29 February 2020

Mr Owen Willcox (National Treasury)

01March 2017

29 February 2020

Mr Kgosientso Ramokgopa

01March 2017

29 February 2020

Mr Taunyana Motaung

01March 2017

29 February 2020

Mr Mosa Mabuza (Acting CEO) (Ex Officio)

01March 2017

29 February 2020

Mintek Board

Board Member

Date of appointment

End of Term Date

Dr Len Konar (Chairperson)

1 June 2016

31 March 2017 (Resigned)

Mr Dickson Masemola (Chairperson)

1 June 2017

31 May 2019

Mr Maroale Jacob Rachidi (Deputy Chairperson; & Interim Chairperson from 1 April to 31 May 2017)

1 June 2016

31 May 2019

Ms Samke Ngwenya

1 June 2016

31 May 2019

Ms Khetiwe McLain

1 June 2016

31 May 2019

Dr Siyabonga Simayi

1 June 2016

31 May 2019

Mr Phahlani Mkhombo

1 June 2016

31 May 2019

Dr Sarah Mohlala

1 June 2016

31 May 2019

Mr Dumisani Dlamini

1 June 2016

31 May 2019

Mr Daan du Toit

1 June 2016

31 May 2019

Mr Andries Moatshe

1 June 2016

31 May 2019

SDT

Board Member

Date of appointment

End of Term Date

Mr Mervyn Jacques Carstens

01 September 2016

31 August 2019

Ms Michelle McMaster

01 September 2016

31 August 2019

Dr Matlotleng Matlou

01 September 2016

31 August 2019

Mr Rudolph Mabece

01 September 2016

31 August 2019

Mr France Mokoena

01 September 2016

31 August 2019

Mr Ruli Diseko

01 September 2016

31 August 2019

Mr Kagiso Menoe

01 September 2016

31 August 2019

Brigadier Ntombizodwa Hazel Mokoena 

01 September 2016

31 August 2019

Major-General Peter Jacob Arendse

01 September 2016

31 August 2019

Mr Bothwell Deka

01 September 2016

31 August 2019

Mr Imtiaz Goondiwalla

01 September 2016

31 August 2019

Mrs Barati Malinga

(alternate member

01 September 2016

31 August 2019

Mr Shadrack Mohapi Motloung

01 September 2016

31 August 2019

Mr William Mabapa

01 September 2016

31 August 2019

Mr Gideon Du Plessis

01 September 2016

31 August 2019

SADPMR

Board Member

Date of appointment

End of Term Date

Dr Sipho Manese

01 November 2016

31 October 2019

Ms Maletlatsa Monica Ledingwane

01 November 2016

31 October 2019

Ms. Mpho Mosing

01 November 2016

31 October 2019

Ms. Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi

01 November 2016

31 October 2019

Mr. Bernad Stern

01 November 2016

31 October 2019

Ms. Ntombifuthi Monedi-Noko

01 November 2016

31 October 2019

Mr. Mochele Noge

01 November 2016

31 October 2019

Mr. Tembani Ngqeza

01 November 2016

31 October 2019

Mr. Senna Mokoena

01 November 2016

31 October 2019

Adv Nicolaas Van Rooyen

01 November 2016

31 October 2019

Mr. Bothwell Deka

01 November 2016

31 October 2019

Major-General P Arendse

(Main Member)

01 November 2016

31 October 2019

Brigadier NH Mokoena

(Alternate Member)

01 November 2016

31 October 2019

Mr. Charles Nevhutanda

(Main Member)

01 November 2016

31 October 2019

Mr. Raymond Paola

(Alternate Member)

01 November 2016

31 October 2019

Mr. Andries Moatshe/ Mr Kagiso Menoe

01 November 2016

31 October 2019

Ms Futhi Zikalala

01 November 2016

31 October 2019

Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) Board 1 April 2017 – 31 October 2019

STATE

Member

Alternate

Mr. Mthokozisi Zondi (Acting Chairperson) - DMR

 

Dr. Lindiwe Ndelu (Convenor) -DMR*

Dr. Dipalesa Mokoboto – DMR*

Mr. Victor Mahwasane - DMR

Mr. Funwell Nkuna - DMR

Ms. Constance Titi Kekane – DMR*

Mr. Gagarin Ndamse - DMR

Mr. Thabo Ngwenya - DMR

Ms. Duduzile. Lekoba – DMR*

ORGANISED LABOUR

Member

Alternate

Mr. Mziwakhe Nhlapo (Convenor) -NUM

Ms. Penny Baabua – NUM*

Mr. Erick Gcilitshana (Alternate Labour Convenor) - NUM

Mr. William Mataboge - NUM

Mr. Gabriel Nkosi - AMCU

Mr. Matthew Grant - AMCU

Mr. Franz Stehring - UASA

Mr. Alwyn van Heerden- UASA

Adv. Paul Mardon – Solidarity

Adv. Hanlie van Vuuren – Solidarity*

EMPLOYERS

Member

Alternate

1. Dr. Sizwe Phakathi (Convener) - CoM

Dr. Thuthula Balfour – CoM*

2. Mr. Stuart Sepetla - Gold Fields/AMMSA

Mr. Ranganai Chinamatira - Anglo Thermal Coal/SACMA

3. Dr. Tumi Legobye – Harmony*

Mr. Mark Munroe - Vedanta Resources

4. Mr. Peter Temane - SAMDA

Mr. Neale Baartjies - SAMDA

5. Mr. Indresen Pillay - Anglo American Platinum

Mr. Vijay Nundlall - Sibanye Gold

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

19 June 2017 - NW1583

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

Whether, with reference to his replies to question 27 on 2 March 2016, question 287 on 14 March 2016 and question 1155 on 10 May 2016, and in view of the leaked e-mails that have been published in the media recently, which indicate that he had travelled to Switzerland with a number of members of a certain family (name furnished) and a certain person (named furnished), he travelled to Switzerland with the specified family members and the specified person in 2015; if not, how did he travel to Switzerland; if so, (a) what were the circumstances of the specified trip and (b) what is his relationship with the specified person?

Reply:

In confirmation and further to the responses to questions 287 on 14 March 2016 and question 1155 on 10 May 2016, the Minister and officials from the department made an official trip as part of his mandate and in keeping with the undertakings made to avoid job losses.

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

19 June 2017 - NW1763

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Mbabama, Ms TM to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

Does (a) he, (b) his Deputy Minister or (c) any of the heads of entities or bodies reporting to him make use of security services paid for by the State for (i) him/herself, (ii) his/her immediate family members or (iii) any of their staff members; in each case (aa) what are the reasons for it, (bb) from which department or entity’s budget is the security services being paid, and (cc) what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Does (a) he, (b) his Deputy Minister or (c) any of the heads of entities or bodies reporting to him make use of security services paid for by the State for (i) him/herself, (ii) his/her immediate family members or (iii) any of their staff members; in each case (aa) what are the reasons for it, (bb) from which department or entity’s budget is the security services being paid, and (cc) what are the relevant details?

   

(i)

(ii)

(iii)

  1. DPT

DMR

  1. The Minister only utilises security services provided by the South African Police Service (SAPS). None of the Minister’s family members or staff members utilizes security services paid for by the state.
  1. The Deputy Minister only utilises security services provided by the South African Police Service (SAPS). None of the Minister’s family members or staff members utilizes security services paid for by the state.

b)Entities

CGS

No

No

No

 

MINTEK

No

No

No

 

SDT

No

No

No

 

SADPMR

No

No

No

 

MHSC

No

No

No

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

19 June 2017 - NW1728

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

Whether any staff of (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to him were awarded any contracts or agreements to conduct business with any state entity in the (i) 2014-15, (ii) 2015-16 and (iii) 2016-17 financial years; if so, what are the (aa)(aaa) names and (bbb) professional designations of the staff members and (bb)(aaa) details of the contract(s) and/or agreement(s) awarded and (bbb) amounts in each case?

Reply:

Whether any staff of (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to him were awarded any contracts or agreements to conduct business with any state entity in the (i) 2014-15, (ii) 2015-16 and (iii) 2016-17 financial years; if so, what are the (aa)(aaa) names and (bbb) professional designations of the staff members and (bb)(aaa) details of the contract(s) and/or agreement(s) awarded and (bbb) amounts in each case?

   

(i)

(ii)

(iii)

  1. DPT

DMR

The Department does not have proven information pertaining to any staff member having been awarded any contracts or agreements to conduct business with any state entity in the (i) 2014-15, 2015-16 and (iii) 2016-17 financial years.

b)Entities

CGS

No

No

No

 

MINTEK

No

No

No

 

SDT

No

No

No

 

SADPMR

No

No

No

 

MHSC

No

No

No

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

19 June 2017 - NW1589

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)(a) What is his position regarding allegations that (i) a certain family (details furnished) was involved in his appointment as the Minister of Mineral Resources and (ii) his CV was forwarded to a certain person (name furnished) and (b) what is his relationship with the specified family; (2) who (a) organised his trip to Dubai in December 2015 and (b) paid for the trip?

Reply:

1. a). The President appoints Ministers and assigns their powers and functions and may dismiss them.

  1. b). They are mining industry stakeholders.

2 a and b). The trip was organized and paid for by the Department of Mineral Resources.

 

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

14 June 2017 - NW1557

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)(a) When did his department become aware of illegal sand mining at Agate Terrace in the Eastern Cape and (b) what steps (i) have been taken and (ii) will be taken by his department to stop the illegal mining practices; (2) whether he has found that the steps taken have proven effective in combatting illegal sand mining; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) (a) how many cases of illegal sand mining has his department acted upon (i) in each of the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2017 and (b) what is the detailed breakdown of the number of cases in respect of each province?

Reply:

1.(a) The Department became aware of illegal sand mining at Agate Terrace in the Eastern Cape on 14 October 2015.

(b) (i) The area of concern was visited 6 times, on 09 December 2015, 22 and 23 November 2016, 09 February 2017, 14 February 2017 and 18 May 2017.

On 9th of December 2015, a certain Mr Zizi Gwele was found loading sand into his truck with spades, he refused to give his full contact details and was given a verbal warning and instructed to leave the site, which he did.

During the follow up inspections conducted between 22 and 23 November 2016 to 18 May 2017 no person was found mining sand in the area mentioned above.

(ii) The Department is in the process of identifying the landowners in order to ensure that access to the site is controlled. The site will be continuously monitored until such time the transgressors are found and the relevant enforcement action will be taken against them.

2. In this particular case, the steps taken have proven to be effective as Mr Zizi Gwele, who was previously found on site and given a warning, was not present or seen on site in all occasions. In addition, no any other person was found mining sand between 22 and 23 November 2016 until 18 May 2017 when we conducted follow up site visits.

3. Below is a breakdown of reported cases of illegal sand mining that the department acted upon (i) in each of the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2017 and (b) and the detailed breakdown of the number of illegal sand mining cases in respect of each province.

Province

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

1 April 2017 to date

Total per province

Gauteng

0

9

1

0

10

Mpumalanga

7

5

8

0

20

Eastern Cape

0

7

13

1

21

Limpopo

1

6

23

5

35

North West

0

0

0

1

1

Free State

0

0

0

2

2

Kwazulu Natal

0

26

31

6

63

Western Cape

0

0

0

0

0

Northern Cape

0

0

0

0

0

Total

8

53

76

15

152

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

08 June 2017 - NW477

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1) Whether, with reference to his reply to question 1155 on 5 May 2016, any of the directors of Oakbay accompanied him to Switzerland to facilitate the transaction between Oakbay and Glencore, as he indicated in his reply as to the purpose of his visit to Switzerland; if not, (2) whether he facilated the transaction on his own without any representative of Oakbay; if so, which role (a) he as Minister and (b) the director(s) played in negotiations with Glencore; (3) whether he personally has any direct or indirect interests in Oakbay or Optimum or had any in the past; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1.Minister was accompanied by an official from the Department.

2. I did not facilitate any transaction. I went there to promote mining and address company issues relating to investment climate in the country in general and to mitigate imminent of retrenchment

3. No, I don’t have any interest in Oakbay or Optimum

 

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

08 June 2017 - NW1558

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)(a) What is the total amount of money set aside for the rehabilitation of the Optimum Colliery as at the latest date for which information is available, (b) in which form(s) have the monies been set aside and (c) where are the monies kept; (2) whether the specified amount has changed since 1 April 2016 to date; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) (a) According to the company records there is an amount of R1, 523, 405, 982.36.

(b) Trust Fund

(c) Bank of Baroda

(2) According to the company records the amount has not changed, however the amount may likely to change due to interest accrued on maturity date.

 

 

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

08 June 2017 - NW1553

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Schmidt, Adv H to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

Whether, with reference to the commitment made by him during the Debate on Vote 29 – Mineral Resources, Appropriation Bill, in Parliament on 16 May 2017, he has determined the date on which the revised Mining Charter will be released; if not, (a) why not and (b) by when will the release date be determined; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Department has finalised the consultation process on the Mining Charter, 2017 to be published in the Government Gazette within the next coming weeks.

 

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

08 June 2017 - NW1407

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)Whether his department is involved in the petroleum sector in the Central African Republic (CAR); if so, (a) what is the total amount that his department’s involvement in the CAR has cost to date and (b) why was the CAR chosen as the recipient of assistance; (2) has the staff of his department visited the CAR; if so, (a) what are the (i) names and (ii) designation of each staff member, (b) on what date was each visit made and (c) why, in each case; (3) whether his department is involved in any other projects in the CAR; if so, what are the relevant details of the projects?

Reply:

1.No.

2. (a) (b) and (c) Yes. Deputy Minister Oliphant led a Departmental delegation of seven officials (four the DMR, and the remaining three from South African Diamond and Precious Metals Regulator, Mintek, and Petroleum Agency South Africa) to CAR on 16 – 23 October 2016. It is not practise for the Department to disclose the identity of officials who travel and accompany the Minister in their official capacity, as it may potentially compromise the performance of their official duties.

The visit was at the invitation of the Minister of Mines, Energy and Hydrology of the Central African Republic, as part of strengthening relations with South

Africa. During the visit, meetings were held amongst others with the Prime Minister of CAR, and various government Ministers; and President of the Parliament. Visit were also conducted to various academic institutions.

An outcome of the visit led to the development of the Memorandum of Understanding and a Declaration of Intent to be signed between CAR and South Africa on cooperation in the space of geology, and mineral resources.

3. Refer to (2) above.

 

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

06 June 2017 - NW1406

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)Why did a certain person SADPMR change the (a) recruitment policies to enable the Board to recruit staff above the level of deputy manager and (b) advertisement for the position of assistant company secretary to include a requirement for a background in education; (2) whether the specified person has any background in education; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether there was any business or personal relationship between the specified person and the assistant company secretary before the secretary was appointed; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1a. The new Board of Directors of the SADPMR were appointed by the Minister of Mineral Resources on 1 November 2016. In exercising their fiduciary duties, the Board called for all the company policies to be presented to them. This was done in a Board meeting on 26 January 2017. Amendments were effected to certain policies, as discussed and agreed by the Board.

1b. The Assistant Company Secretary would be required to assist with training and development and facilitation with the organisation. The incumbent would need to support the Company Secretary particularly in the areas of writing, amending and collating Board and Committee policies and procedures. This required someone with an educational background.

2. Amongst a myriad of skills and qualifications, the Chairperson of the Board worked in the Department of Education for 26 years.

3. Whilst the incumbent and the Chairperson know each other of each other, there is no business or personal relationship between them.

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

06 June 2017 - NW1495

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Marais, Mr EJ to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

Whether (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to him procured any services from and/or made any payments to (i) a certain company Bell Pottinger or (ii) any other public relations firms; if not, in each case, why not; if so, in each case, what (aa) services were procured, (bb) was the total cost, (cc) is the detailed breakdown of such costs, (dd) was the total amount paid, (ee) was the purpose of the payments and (ff) is the detailed breakdown of such payments?

Reply:

Whether (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to him procured any services from and/or made any payments to (i) a certain company Bell Pottinger or (ii) any other public relations firms; if not, in each case, why not; if so, in each case, what (aa) services were procured, (bb) was the total cost, (cc) is the detailed breakdown of such costs, (dd) was the total amount paid, (ee) was the purpose of the payments and (ff) is the detailed breakdown of such payments?

   

(i)

(ii)

a) DPT

DMR

No

No

b)Entities

CGS

No

No

 

MINTEK

No

No

 

SDT

No

No

 

SADPMR

No

No

 

MHSC

No

No

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

06 June 2017 - NW1423

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(a) What number of cases of (i) fruitless, (ii) wasteful and (iii) irregular expenditure in his department were identified by the Auditor-General in the (aa) 2014-15, (bb) 2015-16 and (cc) 2016-17 financial years, (b) what was the amount in each case and (c) how much of the specified amount has been recovered in each case?

Reply:

(a) Number of cases:

(i) (aa) (bb) (cc): None

(ii) (aa) (bb) (cc): None

(iii) (aa) 1 (bb)(cc)none

(b) Amount:

(i) (aa) (bb) (cc): Falls away

(ii) (aa) (bb) (cc): Falls away

(iii) (aa) R260 000 (bb)(cc)none

(c) Recovery:

(i) ((aa) (bb) (cc): Falls away

(ii) (aa) (bb) (cc): Falls away

(iii) Not applicable no loss condoned (bb) (cc) falls away

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

06 June 2017 - NW1418

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

What is the total amount that his department has spent on (a) travel , (b) accommodation and (c) subsistence costs for (i) him, (ii) his deputy Minister and (iii) their respective spokespersons and media liaison officers in the (aa) 2014-15, (bb) 2015-16 and (cc) 2016-17 financial years?

Reply:

(a) Travel:

(i) (aa) N/A (bb) R233 070 and (cc) 746 100 (unaudited)

(ii) (aa) R411 601 (bb) R1 152 9850 and (cc) R1 117 209(unaudited)

(iii) (aa) N/A (bb) R36 120 and (cc) R96 630 (unaudited)

(b) Accommodation:

(i) (aa) N/A (bb) R210 959.63 and (cc) 236 148.06 (unaudited)

(ii) (aa) R86 140 (bb) R260 567 and (cc) R274 288 (unaudited)

(iii) (aa) N/A (bb) R56 509.12 and (cc) R121 521.91 (unaudited)

(c) Subsistence costs:

(i) (aa) N/A (bb) N/A and (cc) 76 165 (unaudited)

(ii) (aa) R24 206.88 (bb) R124 675.04 and (cc) R118 816.65 (unaudited)

(iii) (aa) N/A (bb) N/A and (cc) R57 821.93 (unaudited)

 

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

06 June 2017 - NW1227

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Motau, Mr SC to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

Whether (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to him has (i) procured any services from and/or (ii) made any payments to the Decolonisation Foundation; if not, in each case, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (aa) services were procured, (bb) were the total costs, (cc) is the detailed breakdown of the costs, (dd) was the total amount paid, (ee) was the purpose of the payments and (ff) is the detailed breakdown of the payments in each case?

Reply:

Whether (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to him has (i) procured any services from and/or (ii) made any payments to the Decolonisation Foundation; if not, in each case, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (aa) services were procured, (bb) were the total costs, (cc) is the detailed breakdown of the costs, (dd) was the total amount paid, (ee) was the purpose of the payments and (ff) is the detailed breakdown of the payments in each case?

   

(i)

(ii)

a) DPT

DMR

No

No

b)Entities

CGS

No

No

 

MINTEK

No

No

 

SDT

No

No

 

SADPMR

No

No

 

MHSC

No

No

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

20 April 2017 - NW928

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Mackay, Mr G to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)Whether there is any position of (a) chief executive officer, (b) chief financial officer and/or (c) chief operating officer that is currently vacant in each entity reporting to him; if so, (i) how long has each specified position been vacant and (ii) what is the reason for each vacancy; (2) have the vacancies been advertised; if so, (a) were interviews done and (b) on what date will the vacancies be filled; (3) (a) what is the total number of persons who are currently employed in the specified positions in an acting capacity, (b) for what period has each person been acting in each position and (c) has any of the specified persons applied for the positions?

Reply:

   

1.

2.

3

ii)Entities

CGS

(a)CEO post is Vacant

(i)May 2015

(ii)Previous incumbent resigned

(a)Yes,

(b) but no suitable candidate was identified.

(a)1 person

(b)16 and 4 months respectively

(c)Not applicable

 

MINTEK

No vacant positions

   
 

SDT

No vacant positions

   
 

SADPMR

(a)CEO post is vacant

(i)1 June 2016

(ii) Contract lapsed

(b) CFO post is vacant

(i)14 May 2016

(ii)Resignation

(a)Firstly advertised on 15/05/2016

Re-advertised: 20/02/2017

Closing date was 03/03/2017

(a)Advert: 14/02/2016

Re-advertised: 15/01/2017

Closing date was 27/01/2017

(a) Two (2) employees are currently employed in an acting capacity, (1) Acting Chief Executive Officer (1) Acting Chief Financial Officer.

(b) Acting Chief Executive Officer: the first one acted from 01/06/2016 – 30/08/2016

The second one acted from 01/09/2016 – 30/11/2016 and was re-appointed again from 01/12/2016 – 31/01/2017.

The third acted from 01/02/2017 to date.

Acting Chief Financial Officer: first one acted from 21/04/2016 - 20 /06/2016 and 31/06/2016 – 31/07/2016

Reappointed on 14 /12/ 2016 to 31/01/2017 and 01/03/2017 to 31 March 2017

Another acting was appointed on

11/10/2016 to 30/11/2016

(c) Acting Chief Executive Officer, yes.

Acting Chief Executive Officer, yes.

 

MHSC

No vacant positions

   

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

07 April 2017 - NW695

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Grootboom, Mr GA to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1) Did (a) his department or (b) any entity reporting to him participate in the Dialogue with the President: Unpacking of the SONA 2017 on Radical Economic Transformation Implementation event hosted at the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga, Durban, on 25 February 2017; if so, what amount was spent in each case; (2) did (a) his department or (b) any entity reporting to him participate in the auction of the (i) souvenirs or (ii) personal belongings of the President of the Republic, Mr Jacob G Zuma; if so, (aa) which items were purchased and (bb) at what cost, in each case?

Reply:

1.Did (a) his department or (b) any entity reporting to him participate in the Dialogue with the President: Unpacking of the SONA 2017 on Radical Economic Transformation Implementation event hosted at the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga, Durban, on 25 February 2017; if so, what amount was spent in each case;

 

2. did (a) his department or (b) any entity reporting to him participate in the auction of the (i) souvenirs or (ii) personal belongings of the President of the Republic, Mr Jacob G Zuma; if so, (aa) which items were purchased and (bb) at what cost, in each case?

 

 

1.

2.

  1. Department of Mineral Resources

 

No

  1. No
  2. No

(aa) None

(bb) Not applicable

  1. Entities

CGS

No

  1. No
  2. No

(aa) None

(bb) Not applicable

 

MINTEK

No

  1. No
  2. No

(aa) None

(bb) Not applicable

SDT

No

  1. No
  2. No

(aa) None

(bb) Not applicable

SADPMR

No

  1. No
  2. No

(aa) None

(bb) Not applicable

MHSC

No

  1. No
  2. No

(aa) None

(bb) Not applicable

 

05 April 2017 - NW928

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Mackay, Mr G to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)Whether there is any position of (a) chief executive officer, (b) chief financial officer and/or (c) chief operating officer that is currently vacant in each entity reporting to him; if so, (i) how long has each specified position been vacant and (ii) what is the reason for each vacancy; (2) have the vacancies been advertised; if so, (a) were interviews done and (b) on what date will the vacancies be filled; (3) (a) what is the total number of persons who are currently employed in the specified positions in an acting capacity, (b) for what period has each person been acting in each position and (c) has any of the specified persons applied for the positions?

Reply:

(1.1) Vacant Positions       

  1. Chief Executive Officer
  2. Chief Financial Officer

(1.2) Vacant from

(a) Chief Executive Officer - 01/06/2016

(b) Chief financial Officer - 14/05/2016

(1.3) Reasons

(a) Chief Executive Officer, End of Contract

(b) Chief Financial Officer, Resignation

(2.1) Date of advert

 

Post

Date Advertised

Closing date

(a)

Chief Executive Officer

Advert: 15/05/2016

Re-advertised: 20/02/2017

27/05/2016

03/03/2017

(b)

Chief Financial Officer

Advert: 14/02/2016

Re-advertised: 15/01/2017

29/02/2016

27/01/2017

(3.1) Acting CEO’s and duration

(a) Ms Linda Nkhumishe (01 June 2016 to 30 August 2016)

(b) Mr Cecil Khosa (01 September 2016 to 30 November 2016)

(01 December 2016 to 31 January 2017)

(c) Mr Xolile Mbonambi (01 February 2017 to date)

(3.1.2) Acting CFO’s and duration

(a) Mr Sibusiso Mandlazi (01 March 2017 to 31 March 2017)

(14 December 2016 to 31 January 2017)

(31 June 2016 to 31 July 2016)

(21 April 2016 to 20 June 2016)

(b) Ms Busisiwe Mahlungulu (11 October 2016 to 30 November 2016)

(C) Mr Xolile Mbonambi applied for CEO post and Mr Sibusiso Mandlazi, applied for the CFO position.

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

03 April 2017 - NW459

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Cassim, Mr Y to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

Whether his department procured any services from and/or made any payments to (a) Mr Mzwanele Manyi, (b) the Progressive Professionals Forum, (c) the Decolonisation Fund and/or (d) the Black Business Council; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what (i) services were procured, (ii) was the total cost, (iii) is the detailed breakdown of such costs, (iv) was the total amount paid, (v) was the purpose of the payments and (vi) is the detailed breakdown of such payments in each case?

Reply:

a) No (b) No (c) No and/or (d) No; because there was no contractual obligation to pay nor services procured in both (a)-(d),

b) (i)(ii) (iii) (iv)(v) (vi) Falls away

 

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

31 March 2017 - NW478

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

Whether he, with reference to his reply to question 1155 on 5 May 2016, (a) previously or (b) since he intervened in the sale of the Glencore mine, took similar actions to rescue mining companies and to retain jobs; if not, why did he find it expedient to intervene in this instance by virtue of his position as Minister of Mineral Resources; if so, what are the relevant details, with specific reference to (a) the companies involved, (b) his actions and (c) the outcome of the actions?

Reply:

There are several interventions that can be taken to save jobs depending on the challenges faced by the company. These interventions may include but not limited to interventions as declaration signed by the stakeholders.

Sale of assets might be considered if jobs are to be saved and two parties agrees. This intervention will always be persued if there is high probability that jobs will be saved.

I revived the Mineral and Petroleum Board (MPB) with a mandate to focus on section 52 notices

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

13 March 2017 - NW363

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Terblanche, Ms JF to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

What is the (a) make, (b) model, (c) price and (d) date on which each vehicle was purchased for use by (i) him and (ii) his deputy (aa) in the (aaa) 2014-15 and (bbb) 2015-16 financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2016?

Reply:

i. Minister Office

(aaa) 2014/15 Fin Year

(bbb) 2015-16 Fin year

(bb) since 1 April 2016

  (a) N/A

 (a)N/A

(a) Mercedes Benz E400

  (b) N/A

(b) N/A

(b) 2017 model

  (c) N/A

(c) N/A

(c) R1,2 mil

  (d) N/A

(d) N/A

(d)February 2017

ii. Deputy Minister Office

(aaa) 2014/15 Fin Year

(bbb) 2015-16 Fin year

(bb) since 1 April 2016

(a) N/A

(a) N/A

(a) Porsche Cayanne GTS

(b) N/A

(b) N/A

(b) 2017 model

(c) N/A

(c N/A

(c) R1,3 mil

(d) N/A

(d) N/A

(d) November 2016

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

13 March 2017 - NW270

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Schmidt, Adv H to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1) Whether mining permits have been issued for mining activities on the (a) Wintersveld 417 KS, (b) Jagdlust 418 KS and (c) Zeekoeigat 421 KS farms located next to the R37 road between Burgersfort and Polokwane in Limpopo; if not, in each case, is he aware of the illegal mining activities taking place on each of the specified farms; if so, (i) to whom were mining rights issued and (ii) for which minerals respectively; (2) what steps will he take in line with the court order handed down by the Gauteng High Court in case 46483/206 to ensure that (a) he and (b) his department act in accordance with the responsibilities of the State being the custodian of all mineral resources on behalf of the people of South Africa to prevent illegal mining on the specified farms?

Reply:

1.   (a)(b)(c)All mining permits (processing of dumps) that were issued over these properties have lapsed, however, two mining rights have been granted and issued respectively.

(i)(ii) Samancor Chrome – granted for Chrome

Lebowa Platinum Mines (Bokoni Platinum Mines) – Issued for All minerals on different reef/seam

2.   The Department is working with law enforcement agencies and have also opened cases at the local police station. According to the latest developments, a lot of machineries were confiscated / impounded on site. The Department will continue to work with law enforcement agencies hoping that the perpetrators will be successfully prosecuted. The Department has served notices to most perpetrators as part of administrative enforcement but furthermore opened cases as part of criminal enforcement.

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

13 March 2017 - NW183

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Schmidt, Adv H to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1) How many mining companies do not have sufficient resources for rehabilitation activities? (2) What steps are being taken to ensure that mining companies comply with the statutory requirements for rehabilitation activities? (3) What steps will his department take against mining companies that do not comply with the law?

Reply:

1.   130

2.   The Department issues Pre-compliance Notice in terms of section 31 of NEMA following review of report and outcome of the compliance inspections

3.   The Department will issue compliance Notice as part of administrative enforcement. However, if non-compliance persist, criminal enforcement will be persued.

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

27 February 2017 - NW182

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Schmidt, Adv H to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)How many mining companies have been granted permission to (a) access and/or (b) use funds from their statutorily required rehabilitation funds to conduct concurrent rehabilitation in the (i) 2013-14, (ii) 2014-15 and (iii) 2015-16 financial years; (2) What criteria did his department use to allow mining companies permission to access the specified rehabilitation funds to ensure concurrent rehabilitation?

Reply:

No mines have been granted access to their rehabilitation fund

  1. Please see (1) above

 

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2017

20 December 2016 - NW2577

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Mokoena, Mr L to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(a) How does his department intend to deal with zama-zamas and (b) how will the outputs of this plan be measured?

Reply:

(a) The department has established provincial illegal mining stakeholder forums in Mpumalanga, Free State, Gauteng and Northern Cape Provinces. Various stakeholders such as government departments (i.e. National, Provincial and local government), law enforcement agencies, mining companies, unions and associations, municipalities, certain SOEs, refineries and organized communities participate in these forums. Physical activities such as closure of open mine holes, arrests, prosecutions and convictions, deportations, disruptive operations and encouragement of land use/occupation have been conducted which led to a significant decrease of this practice. The illegal mining space is decreasing which result to illegal miners fighting for the remaining limited space and resorting to other crimes.

(b) The above mentioned Provincial Stakeholder Forums have action plans of which the output is measured against the action plan. Since the establishment of the Provincial Illegal Mining Stakeholder Forums progress has been made on combating illegal mining activities. The following has been achieved through the Provincial Illegal Mining Stakeholder Forums:

  1. Illegal miners were arrested and continued to be arrested and convicted.
  2. Illegal imigrants who are also involved in illegal mining activities were arrested and continued to be arested and deported.
  3. Mining permits have been issued to mining companies to conduct legitimate mining in areas that were infested with illegal mining.
  4. Most of the open holes and open shafts where illegal mining was taking place have been sealed, rehabilitated or closed.
  5. Land where illegal mining was taking place has been rehabilitated and used for development.
  6. People were employed through rehabilitation and shaft sealing projects.
  7. Conviction rates have increased from 2 months to 8 years.
  8. Reef outcrop and sub-oucrop areas where illegal mining was taking place has been succesfully mined and continued to be mined by legitimate mining companies.

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2016

15 December 2016 - NW2567

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Mokoena, Mr L to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(a) How many persons in his department are employed in senior management with a special salary level and (b) what (i) amount has each person been paid, (ii) is the basis for each specified salary level and (iii) are the further relevant details of each appointment?

Reply:

(a) The Department employed only one official at the senior management level with a special salary level (b) (i) the amount paid to the official is R1, 420,944 per annum (ii) The official possesses more than fifteen years experience in the public service and was already in this salary level during the time of her transfer to the Department (iii) based on experience and competencies the official was laterally transferred to serve in the current position.

 

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2016

15 December 2016 - NW2691

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)Did he appoint a certain person (name furnished) to the position of acting deputy director-general of his department; if not, who did he appoint in the specified position; if so, (a) when did the specified appointment take place and (b) what are the full relevant details of the process followed to appoint the specified person to the position; (2) has he taken any steps to fill the vacant position; if not, why not; if so, (a) by what date will the specified position be filled and (b) what are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

1. Yes, (a) 1 November 2016 (b) The official was appointed to act in terms of chapter 3 of the Senior Management Services (SMS) Handbook.

2. No. The position is not vacant. (a) N/A (b) N/A.

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

 

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2016

15 December 2016 - NW2633

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)(a) How long does it usually take him and his department to give approval for the transfer of exploration and mining rights and (b) what has been the average period for finalising the transfer of the specified rights over the past five years; (2) (a) how long did it take to approve the transfer of the mining and mineral rights from Optimum to Tegeta and (b) on what date (i) was the request of Tegeta received and (ii) was approval given for the transfer of the mining and mineral rights; (3) (a) why is there a difference between the specified average transfer period and the transfer period of Optimum to Tegeta and (b) who requested that the transfer should be expedited; (4) whether he had discussions and/or written communication with Tegeta and Optimum concerning expediting the transfer of the mining and mineral rights; if not, on what basis did he and his department make the decision to expedite the transfer; if so, (a) on what date, (b) where and (c) with whom did they communicate?

Reply:

(1)(a) There is no timeframe in the legislation for the processing of applications for the transfer of a right/interest in a right.

(b) On average three to six months

(2)(a) Three months and two weeks

2(b)(i) 15 December 2015

(ii) 29 March 2016

3(a) There is no difference

(b) There was no request to expedite this application.

4 Please see 3(a) above. The application was not handled differently by the Department

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Mr MJ Zwane

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2016

15 December 2016 - NW2570

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Mbatha, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(a) What is the total number of consultants that his department contracted from 1 September 2015 to 1 October 2016, (b) what services did the consultants render and (c) what was the total cost to his department?

Reply:

(a) Three.

(b) Business and advisory services (audit, research reports and project management).

(c) Total contract amount is R1, 148,069.88

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2016

15 December 2016 - NW2507

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)Whether he appointed or overseen the appointment of a certain person in his department (name and details furnished); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what process was followed in the appointment of the specified person and (b) what are the further relevant details; (2) can he provide Ms D Carter with a copy of the (a) advertisement for the position, (b) list of all persons who applied for the position, (c) list of all persons who were shortlisted and (d) interviews score sheets; (3) whether the appointment of the specified persons was approved by Cabinet as required by Public Service legislation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW2921E

Reply:

1. Minister of Mineral Resources has not appointed or overseen an appointment of any person in the Department.

2. Not Applicable.

3. Not Applicable.

 

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2016

21 November 2016 - NW2231

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)Whether, with reference to his reply to question 1808 on 27 September 2016, the area of the intended Yzermyn underground coal mine is protected under the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, Act 57 of 2003, as amended; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) why was a mining right for the specified mine issued on 28 June 2016, despite the recommendation contained in the biodiversity baseline and impact assessment report compiled for WSP Environmental by the Natural Scientific Services that the specified mining right should not be issued due to the impacts of the proposed mining project; (3) (a) how many mining rights have been issued in each province for the specified mining projects where environmental impact reports recommended against the issuing of such rights (i) in the (aa) 2013-14, (bb) 2014-15 and (cc) 2015-16 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2016 and (b) what are the (i) names of the mining projects and (ii) dates on which the specified rights were issued; (4) whether mining has commenced at the mining site; if not, on what date will it commence; if so, on what date did it commence? NW2561E

Reply:

1. The question must be directed to the Department of Environmental Affairs as the custodian of NEMPA.

2. The Department considered comments and authorisation to be issued by other organs of state in that potential impacts will be constantly monitored and managed in concurrence with other organs of state through prescribed conditions of authorisations and monthly, quarterly to annual reporting by the right holder

3. a)

  • None

NB: If the recommendations suggest that the proposed operation will pose unacceptable pollution, ecological degradation or damage to the environment, such a right will not be issued.

4. Not yet commenced, in terms of section 25(b) of the MPRDA Act 28 of 2008, the holder must commence with mining operations within one year from the date on which the mining right becomes effective in terms of section 23 (5) or such extended period as the minister may authorise.

 

Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-………………/………………/2016

QUESTION NUMBER: 1808

DATE OF PUBLICATION IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 09 September 2016

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NUMBER:

1808. Adv H C Schmidt (DA) to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources:

(1) Whether Atha-Africa Ventures has been issued with (a) a prospecting and/or (b) mining right and/or permit in Mabola, a proclaimed protected environment area close to Wakkerstroom in the Dr Pixley Ka Isaka Seme Local Municipality in Mpumalanga; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so,

(2) whether the relevant (a) Environmental Impact Assessment and/or (b) Environmental Management Programme was undertaken before the specified rights and/or permits were issued; if not, why not; if so, what were the (i) results of the assessments and/or programmes undertaken and (ii) details of the public participation process followed;

(3) whether the public participation process, as required in terms of the Minerals and Petroleum Resource Development Act, Act 28 of 2002, as amended, and its regulations were complied with in this regard; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW2116E

REPLY

  1. A Mining Right issued on 28th June 2016.
  1. (b) Environment Management Progrmme (EMP) was undertaken.
  2. The EMP provided an assessment on the potential impacts of the proposed mining activties, which therefore also provided measures to modify, remedy, control or stop any actions, or process which may cause pollution or degradation to the environment. Measures were informed by recommendations of the specialist reports undertaken amongst others, these includes, Floral assesment specialist report, Fauna assesment specialist report, Wetland assement specialist report, Air quality assement specialist report, Hydrological assesment specilist studies (Ground and surface water).
  1. Public participation was undertaken with land owners, Organs of State, Interested and affected parties, through newspaper advertisement, site notices, meetings, distribution of Background information Documents (BID) to both interested and affected parties.
  1. Details of public participation undertaken with land owners, Organs of State, Interested and affected parties, through newspaper advertisement, site notices, meetings with minutes, distribution of Background information Documents (BID) to both interested and affected parties. All interested and affected parties, land owners, were provided with opportunity to comment or raise concerns or objections. All comments, concerns and objection were addressed in the EMP in the form of mitigation measures.

16 November 2016 - NW2231

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1) Whether, with reference to his reply to question 1808 on 27 September 2016, the area of the intended Yzermyn underground coal mine is protected under the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, Act 57 of 2003, as amended; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) why was a mining right for the specified mine issued on 28 June 2016, despite the recommendation contained in the biodiversity baseline and impact assessment report compiled for WSP Environmental by the Natural Scientific Services that the specified mining right should not be issued due to the impacts of the proposed mining project; (3) (a) how many mining rights have been issued in each province for the specified mining projects where environmental impact reports recommended against the issuing of such rights (i) in the (aa) 2013-14, (bb) 2014-15 and (cc) 2015-16 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2016 and (b) what are the (i) names of the mining projects and (ii) dates on which the specified rights were issued; (4) whether mining has commenced at the mining site; if not, on what date will it commence; if so, on what date did it commence? NW2561E

Reply:

1. The question must be directed to the Department of Environmental Affairs as the custodian of NEMPA.

2. The Department considered comments and authorisation to be issued by other organs of state in that potential impacts will be constantly monitored and managed in concurrence with other organs of state through prescribed conditions of authorisations and monthly, quarterly to annual reporting by the right holder.

3. a)
• None

NB: If the recommendations suggest that the proposed operation will pose unacceptable pollution, ecological degradation or damage to the environment. such a right will not be issued.

4. Not yet commenced, in terms of section 25(b) of the MPRDA Act 28 of 2008, the holder must commence with mining operations within one year from the date on which the mining right becomes effective in terms of section 23 (5) or such extended period as the Minister may authorise.
 

Mr MJ Zwane, MP
Minister of Mineral Resources
Date Submitted:-..... . ........ ... ./. ... .... ......... ./2016


QUESTION NUMBER: 1808

DATE OF PUBLICATION IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 09 September 2016

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NUMBER:

1808. Adv H C Schmidt (DA) to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources:

(1) Whether Atha-Africa Ventures has been issued with (a) a prospecting and/or (b) mining right and/or permit in Mabola, a proclaimed protected environment area close to Wakkerstroom in the Dr Pixley Ka lsaka Seme Local Municipality in Mpumalanga; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so,

(2) whether the relevant (a) Environmental Impact Assessment and/or (b) Environmental Management Programme was undertaken before the specified rights and/or permits were issued; if not, why not; if so, what were the (i) results of the assessments and/or programmes undertaken and (ii) details of the public participation process followed ;

(3) whether the public participation process, as required in terms of the Minerals and Petroleum Resource Development Act, Act 28 of 2002, as amended, and its regulations were complied with in this regard; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW2116E

REPLY

1) A Mining Right issued on 28th June 2016.

2) (b) Environment Management Progrmme (EMP) was undertaken.

i) The EMP provided an assessment on the potential impacts of the proposed mining activities, which therefore also provided measures to modify, remedy, control or stop any actions, or process which may cause pollution or degradation to the environment. Measures were informed by recommendations of the specialist reports undertaken amongst others, Floral assessment specialist report, Fauna assessment specialist report, Wetland assessment specialist report, Air quality assessment specialist report, Hydrological assessment specialist studies (Ground and surface water).

ii) Public participation was undertaken with land owners, Organs of State, Interested and affected parties, through newspaper advertisement, site notices, meetings, distribution of Background Information Documents (BID) to both interested and affected parties.

3) Details of public participation undertaken with land owners, Organs of State, interested and affected parties, through newspaper advertisement, site notices, meetings with minutes, distribution of Background Information Documents (BID) to both interested and affected parties. All interested and affected parties, land owners, were provided with opportunity to comment or raise concerns or objections.

All comments, concerns and objection were addressed in the EMP in the form of mitigation measures.

10 November 2016 - NW2302

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Mokgalapa, Mr S to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

Whether any (a) internal and/or (b) external forensic reports pertaining to (i) his department and/or (ii) each entity reporting to him were completed from 1 January 2009 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what is the (aa) name, (bb) subject matter and (cc) date of conclusion of each of the specified forensic reports?

Reply:

 

Department of Mineral Resources

aa)

bb)

cc)

 

1

Mining permit application

Objection of mining permit application

11/10/2016

i)Dept

2

Prospecting right application

Unfair administrative procedures in processing mining right application

11/10/2016

 

3

Corruption on the issuing of mining permit

Investigation into allegations of corruption on the issuing of mining permit

23/02/2016

 

4

Stationery procurement

Irregular expenditure relating to procurement of stationery

15/12/2015

 

5

Mining permit

Incorrectly allocated mining permit

13/10/2015

 

6

Mining permit application

Irregular proof of submission of documents

13/10/2015

 

7

Mining permit application

Alleged conflict of interest

13/10/2015

 

8

Fraud and corruption

Fraudulent blasting certificates.

28/07/2015

 

9

Mine Managers Certificate of Competency (MMCC)

  1. Allegations of irregularities in the issuing of MMCC.
  1. Allegations pertaining to Principal inspector.

07/11/2014

 

10

Corruption

Allegations of irregular appointment

10/06/2014

 

11

Corruption

Abuse of GG vehicles

12/05/2014

 

12

Theft

Theft and loss of cash

12/03/2014

 

13

Irregular award of ICT Infrastructure

Allegations of irregular award of ICT Infrastructure

20/01/2012

   

aa)

bb)

cc)

ii)Entities

Council for Geoscience

Fraud

Recruitment process (mispresentation of qualifications)

30/10/2014

   

Contravention of Supply Chain Management regulations

Procurement irregularities

28/02/2014

   

Contravention of Supply Chain Management Practice Note

Collusion of suppliers

18/05/2016

 

South African Diamond and Precious Metal Regulator

Report on the contravention of ICT policy

Misconduct

31/12/2011

   

Corruption/fraud investigation

Alleged misconduct

24/03/2014

   

Disclosure of confidential information

Misconduct

28/05/2015

 

Mine Health and Safety Council

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

MINTEK

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

South African Diamond Trader

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-………………/………………/2016

07 November 2016 - NW2214

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

Whether, in light of the approval that he granted for the transfer of funds from the Optimum Mine Rehabilitation Trust, he will provide details of (a) the request made to him, (b) the rationale which he applied in giving favourable consideration to the request, (c) details of the approval granted and (d) any conditions attached thereto; if not, why not?

Reply:

As the question relates to a matter which is now the subject of ongoing legal proceedings, the Minister is constrained from providing any details or information in this regard.

In view of the above, paragraphs (a) to (d) falls away.

 

Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-………………/………………/2016

07 November 2016 - NW2302

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Mokgalapa, Mr S to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

Whether any (a) internal and/or (b) external forensic reports pertaining to (i) his department and/or (ii) each entity reporting to him were completed from 1 January 2009 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what is the (aa) name, (bb) subject matter and (cc) date of conclusion of each of the specified forensic reports?

Reply:

 

Department of Mineral Resources

aa)

bb)

cc)

 

1

Mining permit application

Objection of mining permit application

11/10/2016

i)Dept

2

Prospecting right application

Unfair administrative procedures in processing mining right application

11/10/2016

 

3

Corruption on the issuing of mining permit

Investigation into allegations of corruption on the issuing of mining permit

23/02/2016

 

4

Stationery procurement

Irregular expenditure relating to procurement of stationery

15/12/2015

 

5

Mining permit

Incorrectly allocated mining permit

13/10/2015

 

6

Mining permit application

Irregular proof of submission of documents

13/10/2015

 

7

Mining permit application

Alleged conflict of interest

13/10/2015

 

8

Fraud and corruption

Fraudulent blasting certificates.

28/07/2015

 

9

Mine Managers Certificate of Competency (MMCC)

  1. Allegations of irregularities in the issuing of MMCC.
  1. Allegations pertaining to Principal inspector.

07/11/2014

 

10

Corruption

Allegations of irregular appointment

10/06/2014

 

11

Corruption

Abuse of GG vehicles

12/05/2014

 

12

Theft

Theft and loss of cash

12/03/2014

 

13

Irregular award of ICT Infrastructure

Allegations of irregular award of ICT Infrastructure

20/01/2012

   

aa)

bb)

cc)

ii)Entities

Council for Geoscience

Fraud

Recruitment process (mispresentation of qualifications)

30/10/2014

   

Contravention of Supply Chain Management regulations

Procurement irregularities

28/02/2014

   

Contravention of Supply Chain Management Practice Note

Collusion of suppliers

18/05/2016

 

South African Diamond and Precious Metal Regulator

Report on the contravention of ICT policy

Misconduct

31/12/2011

   

Corruption/fraud investigation

Alleged misconduct

24/03/2014

   

Disclosure of confidential information

Misconduct

28/05/2015

 

Mine Health and Safety Council

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

MINTEK

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

South African Diamond Trader

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-………………/………………/2016

07 November 2016 - NW2230

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)(a) What were the detailed outcomes of the discussions on Mining Operation Phakisa held in 2015, (b) how long did the specified discussions take, (c) where were the specified discussions held, (d) who attended the specified discussions and (e) what did the specified discussions cost; (2) whether the specified outcomes were published in a report; if not, why not; if so, (a) on what date was the specified report published and (b) will he furnish Mr J R B Lorimer with a copy of the specified report? NW2560E

Reply:

1. The Mining Operation Phakisa is a programme of the President assigned to the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) as a lead department with the Department of Mineral Resources providing substantive support. The DPME would be better placed to respond to these questions.

   (a– (e) – Refer to (1)

2. Refer to (1)

 

Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-………………/………………/2016

25 October 2016 - NW1186

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(a) What are the (i) names of each of his advisors and (ii) relevant details of their (aa) professional qualifications, (bb) experience and (cc) previous employers and (b) what is the (i) job description, (ii) date of hiring and (iii) length of contract of each specified advisor?

Reply:

The Minister has two advisors, Mr Malcolm Mabaso and Advocate Zarina Kellerman (BA, LLB, FA ARb, ACI Arb, CEDR UK). Between them, the Minister’s advisors have a wealth of knowledge and experience (spanning over 25 years collectively) in the commercial, legal, governance and mining sectors. They advise Minister on the political environment, legal and regulatory environment, compliance matters and corporate and commercial sectors. Mr Mabaso is a businessman and entrepreneur, having owned and run a number of companies and Advocate Kellerman’s CV is already a matter of public record. Mr Mabaso was employed in October 2015 and Advocate Kellerman in April 2016. Both advisors’ contracts are linked to that of the Minister, with a contractual period of 3 years.

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Mr MJ Zwane

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2016

14 October 2016 - NW2098

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

What amount did (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to him spend on advertising on the (i) Africa News Network 7 channel, (ii) SA Broadcasting Corporation (aa) television channels and (bb) radio stations, (iii) national commercial radio stations and (iv) community (aa) television and (bb) radio stations (aaa) in the 2015-16 financial year and (bbb) since 1 April 2016?

Reply:

What amount did (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to him spend on advertising on the (i) Africa News Network 7 channel (ii) SA Broadcasting Corporation (iii) national commercial radio stations (iv) community (aa) television (bb) radio stations (aaa) in the 2015-16 financial year (bbb) since 1 April 2016

i)Dept

DMR

(aaa) (i) African News Network 7 channel – R0.0

(ii) SA Broadcasting Corporation – R0.0

(iii) National commercial radio stations – R0.0

(iv)Community television and radio stations - R 68 883.75

Total: R 68 883.75

(bbb) (i) African News Network 7 channel – R0.0

(ii) SA Broadcasting Corporation – R0.0

(iii) National commercial radio stations – R0.0

(iv)Community television and radio stations - R 285 923.00

Total: R 285 923.00

i)Entities

CGS

(aa)Television

(i)R0 00

(ii)R0.00

(bb)Radio Stations

(iii)R0.00

(iv)R0.00

((aa)Television

(i)R0 00

(ii)R0.00

(bb)Radio Stations

(iii)R0.00

(iv)R0.00

 

MINTEK

(aa)Television

(i)R0 00

(ii)R0.00

(bb)Radio Stations

(iii)R0.00

(iv)R0.00

(aa)Television

(i)R0 00

(ii)R0.00

(bb)Radio Stations

(iii)R0.00

(iv)R0.00

 

SDT

(aa)Television

(i)R0 00

(ii)R0.00

(bb)Radio Stations

(iii)R0.00

(iv)R0.00

(aa)Television

(i)R0 00

(ii)R0.00

(bb)Radio Stations

(iii)R0.00

(iv)R186.960.00

 

SADPMR

(aa)Television

(i)R0 00

(ii)R0.00

(bb)Radio Stations

(iii)R0.00

(iv)R0.00

(aa)Television

(i)R0 00

(ii)R0.00

(bb)Radio Stations

(iii)R0.00

(iv)R0.00

 

MHSC

(aa)Television

(i)R0 00

(ii)R0.00

(bb)Radio Stations

(iii)R0.00

(iv)R0.00

(aa)Television

(i)R0 00

(ii)R0.00

(bb)Radio Stations

(iii)R0.00

(iv)R0.00

Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-………………/………………/2016

14 October 2016 - NW2028

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Bozzoli, Prof B to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

What formal qualifications does each of his department’s (a)(i) Chief Financial Officers and/or (ii) acting Chief Financial Officers and (b)(i) Directors-General and/or (ii) acting Directors-General possess?

Reply:

(a) (i) Higher Certificate in Accountancy (IAC), B.Compt.Hons (CTA), AGA (SA)

(ii) Falls away

(b) (i) vacant

(ii) BSC Mining Engineering Degree, Mine Managers Certificate and Executive Management Programme.

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-………………/………………/2016

11 October 2016 - NW2063

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Hadebe, Mr TZ to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1) Whether each Head of Department (HOD) of his department signed a performance agreement since their appointment; if not, (a) what is the total number of HODs who have not signed performance agreements, (b) what is the reason in each case, (c) what action has he taken to rectify the situation and (d) what consequences will the specified HOD face for failing to sign the performance agreements; if so, (i) when was the last performance assessment of each HOD conducted and (ii) what were the results in each case; (2) whether any of the HODs who failed to sign a performance agreement received a performance bonus since their appointment; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) at what rate and (b) what criteria were used to determine the specified rate; (3) whether any of the HODs who signed a performance agreement received a performance bonus since their appointment; if so, (a) at what rate and (b) what criteria were used to determine the rate? NW2374E

Reply:

(1) Yes.
(2) Not applicable.
(3) No


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Mr MJ Zwane, MP
Minister of Mineral Resources
Date Submitted:-.... .. ..... ..... .. / ....... ... .. .. ... ./2016

27 September 2016 - NW1810

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)How many appeals (a)(i) are pending in terms of section 96 of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act, Act 28 of 2002, as amended and (ii) were pending as at 1 April 2016 and (b) have been dealt with in each of the past five months of the 2016-17 financial year, in each case indicating the number of appeals (i) granted and (ii) denied; (2) (a) for how many days has the oldest pending appeal been outstanding and (b) what plans have been put in place to address the specified pending appeals?

Reply:

1(a) (i) As at 31 August 2016 the number of outstanding appeals are 957.

1(a) (ii) At 1 April 2016, the number of outstanding appeals were 947.

1(b) The following number of appeals were finalised in the months as indicated

April 2016 - 4 Appeals

  1. Appeals granted – 1
  2. Appeals dismissed – 3

May 2016 – 6 Appeals

  1. Appeals Granted – 4
  2. Appeals Dismissed – 2

June 2016 – 31 Appeals

  1. Appeals granted – 27
  2. Appeals dismissed – 4

July 2016 – 20 Appeals

  1. Appeals granted – 10
  2. Appeals dismissed – 10

August 2016 – 10 Appeals

  1. Appeals granted – 4
  2. Appeals dismissed – 6

2(a) Considering the timeframes provided for in Regulation 74, it takes approximately 120 days to process and finalise internal appeals in the prescirbed manner. The attainment of this period is dependent on number of appeals received during a given period as well as the complexity of such appeals and capacity constrains. The 2010 Constitutional Court judgement in Bengwenyama held that internal remedies must exhuasted before judicial review proceedings may be instituted. This led to the lodgement of significantly more appeals than before as more applcants were required to exercise internal remedies.

2(b) Action Plans:

  • There is a continuous liaison with internal and external parties involved to expedite conclusion of the Regulation 74 process which appears to be yielding positive results.
  • From time to time, the Office of the State Attorney is requested to assist with the finalisation of certain appeals.
  • While implementing the above measures, historic appeals are prioritised.
  • Draft regulations to significantly streamline the appeal process has already been formulated and is to be promulgated soon.

 

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-………………/………………/2016

27 September 2016 - NW1811

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(a) How many successful mining rights applications have been made through the SA Mineral Resources Administration System without the assistance of his department’s officials (i) in the (aa) 2013-14, (bb) 2014-15 and (cc) 2015-16 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2016 and (b) what is the approximate annual cost of (i)(aa) maintaining and (bb) operating the specified system and (ii) remunerating officials assigned to the specified system?

Reply:

Question (i)

PERIOD

NO OF MINING RIGHTS

(aa)

01 APR 2013 – 31 MAR 2014

185

(bb)

01 APR 2014 – 31 MAR 2015

139

(cc)

01 APR 2015 – 31 MAR 2016

142

     

Question (ii)

01 APR 2016 – 31 AUG 2016

55

TOTAL

521

(b) Approximate annual cost are as follows:

Cost Driver

2013 - 2014

2014 – 2015

2015 - 2016

Maintenance

R 786 600.00

R 786 600.00

None - R0

Operating

R 897 180.00

R 533 346.72

R 304 970.52

(iii) Remuneration:

  • There are nine (9) officials each at salary level:10 (R389 145.00 p.a). One (1) offficial in each Regional Office, Assistant Director: Mineral Information Management (MIM). There are responseble for the day to day spatial verification.
  • One (1) official at salary level:5 (R142 461.00). Administrative Clerk located at Head Office, responsible for helpdesk.
  • One (1) official at salary level:12 (R726 276.00), Deputy Director: Administration and Information Systems, located at Head Office.

 

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-………………/………………/2016

27 September 2016 - NW1808

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Schmidt, Adv H to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)Whether Atha-Africa Ventures has been issued with (a) a prospecting and/or (b) mining right and/or permit in Mabola, a proclaimed protected environment area close to Wakkerstroom in the Dr Pixley Ka Isaka Seme Local Municipality in Mpumalanga; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (2) whether the relevant (a) Environmental Impact Assessment and/or (b) Environmental Management Programme was undertaken before the specified rights and/or permits were issued; if not, why not; if so, what were the (i) results of the assessments and/or programmes undertaken and (ii) details of the public participation process followed; (3) whether the public participation process, as required in terms of the Minerals and Petroleum Resource Development Act, Act 28 of 2002, as amended, and its regulations were complied with in this regard; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW2116E

Reply:

1. A Mining Right issued on 28th June 2016.

2. (b) Environment Management Progrmme (EMP) was undertaken.

     (i) The EMP provided an assessment on the potential impacts of the proposed mining activties, which therefore also provided measures to modify, remedy, control or stop any actions, or process which may cause pollution or degradation to the environment. Measures were informed by recommendations of the specialist reports undertaken amongst others, these includes, Floral assesment specialist report, Fauna assesment specialist report, Wetland assement specialist report, Air quality assement specialist report, Hydrological assesment specilist studies (Ground and surface water).

     (ii) Public participation was undertaken with land owners, Organs of State, Interested and affected parties, through newspaper advertisement, site notices, meetings, distribution of Background information Documents (BID) to both interested and affected parties.

3. Details of public participation undertaken with land owners, Organs of State, Interested and affected parties, through newspaper advertisement, site notices, meetings with minutes, distribution of Background information Documents (BID) to both interested and affected parties. All interested and affected parties, land owners, were provided with opportunity to comment or raise concerns or objections. All comments, concerns and objection were addressed in the EMP in the form of mitigation measures.

 

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-………………/………………/2016

27 September 2016 - NW1892

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Maynier, Mr D to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)Whether, with reference to his media statement of 1 September 2016, the report of the recommendations (a) was tabled at and (b) approved by Cabinet; if not, in each case, why not; if so, in each case, on what date was the specified report (i) tabled at and (ii) approved by Cabinet; (2) whether he was authorised to release the specified media statement; if not, why not; if so, by whom; (3) when was an Inter-Ministerial Committee to investigate the termination of financial services to Oakbay Investments (Pty) Ltd established and (b) by whom; (4) whether he intends to pursue the recommendations of the specified report; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) whether he intends to pursue the recommendation of the establishment of a Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the termination of financial services to the company, since the company has recourse to the courts; if not, why not; if so, why?

Reply:

The Minister of Mineral Resources released a statement on 01 September 2016. This was followed by an interview on SABC news on 02 September 2016. The Minister was not speaking in his personal capacity but in his capacity as Chairperson of the IMC. On 13 April 2016, Cabinet established an IMC to consider allegations that certain banks and other financial institutions acted unilaterally and allegedly in collusion, when they closed bank accounts and/or terminated contractual relationships with Oakbay Investments. The Minister recorded recommendations made to Cabinet by the IMC as well as the related resolutions taken by Cabinet at its meetings of 06 July 2016 and 31 August 2016 respectively. The IMC made 5 recommendations to Cabinet. 4 of the recommendations were approved by Cabinet and 1 was referred to the President for further consideration as it was not within the purview of Cabinet to take a decision on the matter. The Minister is not at liberty to make any further statements on this matter. 

 

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Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-………………/………………/2016

27 September 2016 - NW1683

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

(1)      With reference to his reply to question 1418 on 11 August 2016, what (a) were the terms and conditions of the specified mining permit that was not complied with that led to the specified permit’s withdrawal and (b) is the relationship between the communal property association and the original claimants to the specified portion of land; (2) whether all members of the specified communal property association are original land claimants; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether any safety inspections have been conducted on the specified operation (a) in (i) 2013, (ii) 2014 and (iii) 2015 and (b) since 1 January 2016; if not, in each case, why not; if so, in each case, what are the relevant details; (4) whether any administrative notices have been issued to Oersonskraal Mining (Pty) Ltd since the granting of the specified mining permit; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) what are the full relevant details regarding the value of benefits transferred by Oersonskraal Mining (Pty) Ltd to the specified communal property association since it commenced operations on the specified portion of land?

Reply:

1. (a)There were no terms and conditions of the permit as the permit was not issued.

(b)The Department of Rural Development and Land Affairs will be in a better position to respond to this question

2. The department Rural Development and Land Affairs will be in a better position to respond to this question

3. Should be referred to Mine Health and Safety

4. A notice in terms of section 93 of the MPRDA was issued on 17 August 2011. Issues to be addressed related to Environmental matters as well as implementation of the Social and Labour Plan.

5. The right holders are not obliged to report to the Department of any payments made to communities.

 

Approved/not approved

Mr MJ Zwane, MP

Minister of Mineral Resources

Date Submitted:-………………/………………/2016