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22 July 2022 - NW2247

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Ismail, Ms H to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What (a)(i) strategic action plans, (ii) key performance indicators and (iii) targets does his department have in place to remove gold on surfaces in order to effectively address illegal mining, (b) total amount in budget allocation has been provided to address specific development plans, especially with regard to portions of illegal mining, such as number of shafts and/or kilometers and (c) monitoring tools does his department have in place that can be used to monitor illegal mining activities in the Republic?

Reply:

(a)(i) The strategic action plans that the Department has is to seal and close all derelict and ownerless mines so that illegal miners are denied access to the same mine, and also regular inspections in identified sites with law enforcement agencies (SAPS) to curb illicit dealing in gold.

(ii) The key indicators as per the Annual operational Plan are the percentage of complaints attended to/inspected as received as well as the criminal cases opened in respect of unlawful/illegal perpetrators who have commenced with mining activities without the necessary authorisation. This is contained in the Department’s Annual Operational Plan

(b)The compliance and enforcement directorate has a budget of R17 953 151, 26 for the purpose of compliance and enforcement.

(c) The Department does not regulate illegal mining, however when the officials of the come across it or a complaint is received such is attended to jointly with SAPS.

17 June 2022 - NW2209

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Madokwe, Ms P to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

In light of the ongoing protests by Sibanye-Stillwater mineworkers, what (a) intervention has he made to ensure Sibanye-Stillwater meets the workers’ demands and (b) guarantee does his department give workers that, should Sibanye-Stillwater lose their license, (i) anyone who takes over the operations will not be as exploitative as Sibanye-Stillwater and (ii) Sibanye-Stillwater will be held liable for all its crimes, including unfair dismissal of workers, its refusal to pay workers what is due to them and failure to record and compensate workers for injury on duty? NW2617E

Reply:

(a) The Minister met with both the management of Sibanye-Stillwater and Labour representatives and emphasized the importance of them reaching an amicable solution.

(b)(i) The Department cannot give any guarantees in this case as the relationship between Employer and Employee is governed by both the Labour Relations Act and Basic Condition of Employment Act, and both are the competency of the Department of Employment and Labour.

(ii) The competent authority to respond to these questions is the Department of Employment and Labour.

17 June 2022 - NW2208

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Madokwe, Ms P to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What are the reasons for (a) his insistence on Shell’s continued operations, which is rejected by the people of the Eastern Cape, before the Gas Amendment Bill [B 9 - 2021] is finalised and (b) his department insisting that the Republic and its people will benefit from these operations, while the same operations left the Niger Delta polluted and set off the conflict in Mozambique? NW2616E

Reply:

Development of oil and gas has great potential to offer South Africa energy independence (and security), economic growth and jobs as long as is developed within the principles of sustainable development.

06 June 2022 - NW2046

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Boshoff, Dr WJ to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

1) Whether he will make available all information regarding the findings by the Council for Geoscience that shale gas extraction is viable; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, by what date; and 2) How does he anticipate the way forward for shale gas (a) exploration and (b) extraction? NW2446E

Reply:

1. Yes, information will be made available after Cabinet approval.

2. The way forward will be informed by scientific studies currently underway.

06 June 2022 - NW2033

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Madokwe, Ms P to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

In light of the fact that discussions in the Mining Indaba emphasised the need for his department to crack the whip and deliver on a number of mandates in relation to the mining and energy crisis the Republic is faced with, and notwithstanding the plans his department already had to stabilise the embattled but crucial entities, what (a) new information has he received from the Mining Indaba that he will now be considering and (b) are the timelines for delivering? NW2376E

Reply:

a) Mining Indaba is a conference like any other, the Department does not derive its mandate from it.

b) All issues raised at different platforms, including mining indaba are dealt with in line with the Department’s mandate and in accordance with the annual performance plan.

27 May 2022 - NW1687

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Madokwe, Ms P to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

In light of the recent results of the Fraser Institute's Annual Survey of Mining Companies 2021, wherein the Republic was ranked as the world’s 10th least attractive mining destination, what (a) has he found to have been the reasons to influence this and (b) steps will be taken by his department to guarantee that the mining industry in the Republic remains lucrative and appealing to investors?

Reply:

The Department gazetted the Exploration Strategy recently and key areas of influence were identified. Government and social partners will address these to improve the country’s investment attractiveness within the next five years.

There are logistical (rail and freight), regulatory (water and environmental licensing) and security challenges which fall outside the mandate of the DMRE.

27 May 2022 - NW1698

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Tito, Ms LF to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What are the (a) reasons that mining communities such as (i) Sasolburg, (ii) Secunda, (iii) Witbank and (iv) Rustenburg are still largely underdeveloped after so many years of mining activities on their shores and (b) consequences for the mining houses that have failed to fulfil their responsibilities toward the specified communities?

Reply:

a) Although Social economic development is the constitutional mandate of the Local Government, mining companies have to also contribute to the socio-economic development of the area they are operating through Social and Labour Plans. Mining companies around those areas have committed to contribute to the socio-economic development of the area in line with the IDPs of the municipalities.

b) The Department has a responsibility to monitor compliance. If non-compliance is detected, the Department issues a directive to remedy the non-compliance. If the non-compliance is not addressed, it may lead to a right being suspended or cancelled.

20 May 2022 - NW1383

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Sonti, Ms NP to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Affairs

On what date will his department provide basic services, such as electricity, to the community of Ward 26 in Madibeng in the North West province?

Reply:

Ward 26 falls under the Eskom Licenced Area of Supply which is the Wonderkop area. Ward 26 is situated on private land and Eskom has since asked landowners for consent to electrify the area. No response has been received and the local municipality (Madibeng) has been asked to assist with the process. Electrification of the area can therefore only resume as soon as all the above issues are resolved.

20 May 2022 - NW1600

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What progress has been made regarding developing a policy on integrity testing for personnel and contractors working in the (a) Alexkor mine and (b) mining industry?

Reply:

The matter is not within the mandate of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy as it is an operational matter which should be responded to by the relevant mine(s).

 

17 May 2022 - NW1522

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Msimang, Prof CT to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1)Whether, with reference to his comments at the recent 2022 Platinum Group Metals Industry Day on 6 April 2022, regarding the urgent need for a mineral rights cadastre (details furnished), it is his responsibility to establish and/or initiate a cadastral system for managing mineral rights; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) what are the full, relevant details of the steps that have been taken by his department to establish a mining cadastre for the Republic; (3) whether the urgent establishment of a mining cadastre has been included in the annual budget; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. Yes, it is the responsibility of the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy to establish a Cadastral system.
  2. The Department engaged SITA to initiative the procurement of the system and the evaluation of the proposal was concluded in October 2021. To date the Department is awaiting the recommendation letter from SITA in order to appoint the successful bidder.
  3. The budget for the system has been included in the Departmental Budget.

 

17 May 2022 - NW1798

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1)Whether he has been informed that in spite of the Pooling and Sharing Joint Venture (PSJV) being issued with a directive from the Department of Fisheries, Forestry and the Environment to desist from building cofferdams without a dumping permit in terms of the Integrated Coastal Management Act, Act 24 of 2008, the PSJV continues to do so in spite of the terms and/or provisions of section 79(1)(d) of the specified Act that a person is guilty of a category one offence if that person dumps any waste at sea without a dumping permit; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) what steps does his department intend to take against a certain company (name furnished) that has been guilty of the specified offence continually since 2014, but now continues to commit the offence even after being issued with an official environmental directive from the Minister of the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment in order to stop the illegal activity? NW2064E

Reply:

The matter referred to in the question should be addressed to the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment.

 

17 May 2022 - NW1604

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Weber, Ms AMM to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Whether, with reference to the Elandshoogte Gold Mine being very close to the Sudwala Caves in the Houtbosloop Valley, he will furnish Ms A M M Weber with the (a) rehabilitation plan and the (b) environmental impact assessment for the mine as the mine is operational again; if not, why not in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

Yes, Elandshoogte Gold mine is issued with the mining right and an approved EMP/ EA which contain rehabilitation plan.

17 May 2022 - NW1586

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Whether (a) his department and/or (b) entities reporting to him concluded any commercial contracts with (i) the government of the Russian Federation and/or (ii) any other entity based in the Russian Federation since 1 April 2017; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, for each commercial contract, what are the (aa) relevant details, (bb) values, (cc) time frames, (dd) goods contracted and (ee) reasons that the goods could not be contracted in the Republic?

Reply:

a1 NRWDI

a) N/A

b) No commercial contract was concluded between the entity and Russian Federation

(i) No contract concluded

(ii) No contract concluded since 01 April 2017

(aa) N/A

(bb) N/A

(cc) N/A

(dd) N/A

(ee) N/A

2. SDT

a) N/A

b) No commercial contract was concluded between the entity and Russian Federation

(i) No contract concluded

(ii)No contract concluded since 01 April 2017

(aa) N/A

(bb) N/A

(cc) N/A

(dd) N/A

(ee) N/A

3. MHSC

a) N/A

b) No commercial contract was concluded between the entity and Russian Federation

(i) No contract concluded

(ii) No contract concluded since 01 April 2017

(aa) N/A

(bb) N/A

(cc) N/A

(dd) N/A

(ee) N/A

4. CEF

We can confirm that as CEF Group we have not concluded any commercial agreements with any Russian entities since 2017 to date. Following a tender by our subsidiary, PetroSA to sell non-core assets (i.e. Christmas Trees) through an open tender process, the Russian entity called Gazprom has shown interest to acquire these assets. We can also confirm that no agreement has been concluded in this regard.

a) N/A

b) No commercial contract was concluded between the entity and Russian Federation

(i) No contract concluded

(ii) No contract concluded since 01 April 2017

(aa) N/A

(bb) N/A

(cc) N/A

(dd) N/A

(ee) N/A

5. CGS

(a) N/A

(b) No commercial contract was concluded between the entity and Russian Federation

(i) No contract concluded

(ii) No contract concluded since 01 April 2017

(aa) N/A

(bb) N/A

(cc) N/A

(dd) N/A

(ee) N/A

6. MINTEK

Russian Federation entities involved: EVRAZ Holdings, PAO Severstal, Kutchatov Institute, Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company (UMMC) (Uchalin and Gai Mines), A9 Systems, and Polyus Verinskoe.

Total value of projects: R7 751 547

​6.1 RAZ Holdings – Moscow Russia (East Metals AG Switzerland)

(aa) Relevant details

MINTEK has contracted with EVRAZ, based in Russian, for MINTEK to perform quality control (QA) evaluation work on grinding balls.

Date: 22 November 2021

(bb) Values

EVRAZ Holdings: R403 065

(cc) Time Frames

Complete by 31 May 2022

(dd) Goods Contracted

MINTEK will perform metallurgical characterisation test work on the grinding balls, including:

  • Chemical composition analysis
  • Metallurgical characterisation
  • Impact/drop tests
  • Ball mill abrasion wear testing
  • Pin abrasion testing
  • Dry rubber wheel abrasion testing

(ee) Reasons that the goods could not be contracted in the Republic?

EVRAZ Holdings sought the best available services and approached Mintek to execute the work on their behalf.

​6.2 PAO Severstal – Russia

(aa) Relevant details

MINTEK has contracted with PAO Severstal, based in Russian, for MINTEK to perform metallurgical characterisation test (i.e. Quality Control (QC) work on grinding balls).

Date: 22 October 2021

(bb) Values

PAO Severstal: R425 766

(cc) Time Frames

PAO Severstal: Work conducted over 30 October 2021 to 03 December 2021

(dd) Goods Contracted

MINTEK will perform metallurgical characterisation test work on the grinding balls, including:

  • Visual inspection and mass of the balls.
  • Chemical Analysis.
  • Microstructural Analysis.
  • Hardness Measurements.
  • Impact/Drop Testing (2000 drops) of three balls from each set.
  • Charpy Impact Strength Analysis
  • Ball mill abrasion wear test in the laboratory ball mill using the silica sand ore

(ee) Reasons that the goods could not be contracted in the Republic?

PAO Severstal sought the best available services and approached Mintek to do the work.

​6.3 Kutchatov Institute (KI), of the Russian Federation

(aa) Relevant details

SA-Russia Bilateral Agreement on Research & Development (R&D):

MINTEK, under the Joint Russia-South Africa Commission on Science & Technology (JCST) that was established in 2011 collaborated with the Kutchatov Institute (KI), of the Russian Federation, on Nanotechnology. The work centred on developing Smart Human and Animal Health Sensing using Nanotechnology.

(bb) Values

AMD (Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Group): South Africa Department of Science & Innovation (DSI)-funded programme at Mintek: R1 500 000

(cc) Time Frames

AMD (Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Group): South Africa Department of Science & Innovation (DSI)-funded programme at Mintek: Programme planned over 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17. Programme concluded in 2017/18.

(dd) Goods Contracted

MINTEK was tasked with the design, development and characterization of new nanotechnology biolabels (gold-based) and Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) systems for the detection of diseases which are prevalent in South Africa. The Kutchatov Institute (KI) was responsible for advanced materials testing and validation of these technologies. The work developed gold (Au) and silver (Ag)-based SERS sensors for the detection of human (Malaria) and animal diseases (Rift Valley Fever (RVF), Rabies and Foot and Mouth).

(ee) Reasons that the goods could not be contracted in the Republic?

AMD – A collaboration between institutes in South Africa (MINTEK) and Russia (Kutchatov Institute (KI)) carried out under a bilateral agreement between SA and Russia.

​6.4 A9 Systems and Polyus Verinskoe

(aa) Relevant details

Mintek signed a contract with A9 Systems on behalf Polyus Verinskoe. A9 Systems is a third-party distributor in Russia.

(bb) Values

Measurement and Control Division (MCD): R4 611 036

(cc) Time Frames

17 April 2019 – 26 August 2022

(dd) Goods Contracted

Mining Efficiency Automated Measurement and Controls Systems/Products:

Carbon Activity Analyzer, Cynoprobes, Carbon Concentration Meters, LeachStar Control Systems and CyLas Instruments

(N.B. These are all trademarked products manufactured at Mintek).

(ee) Reasons that the goods could not be contracted in the Republic?

No other suppliers in the Russian Federation.

​6.5 Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company (UMMC) – Uchalin Mine

(aa) Relevant details

The Division submitted a proposal for consultation work.  This are for consulting for Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company (UMMC) – Uchalin Mine. The work involves reviewing their data on processing of tailings from Au/Sb deposits and advising on a test work program and interpretation of results. The proposal for Uchalin mine has been accepted.

(bb) Values

R202 920

(cc) Time Frames

Complete by 31 August 2022

(dd) Goods Contracted

The work involves reviewing their data on the processing of tailings from Au/Sb (Gold/Antimony) deposits and advising on a test work program and interpretation of results.

(ee) Reasons that the goods could not be contracted in the Republic?

Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company (UMMC) – Uchalin Mine: No reason given.

​6.6 Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company (UMMC) – Uchalin Mine

(aa) Relevant details

The Division submitted a proposal for consultation work.  This are for consulting for Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company (UMMC) – Gai Mine. The work involves reviewing their data on processing of tailings from Au/Sb deposits and advising on a test work program and interpretation of results. The proposal for Gai Mine has yet to be accepted.

(bb) Values

R202 920

(cc) Time Frames

Complete by 31 December 2022 should the project be awarded.

(dd) Goods Contracted

The work involves reviewing their data on the processing of tailings from Au/Sb (Gold/Antimony) deposits and advising on a test work program and interpretation of results.

(ee) Reasons that the goods could not be contracted in the Republic?

Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company (UMMC) – Gai Mine: No reason given

7. NECSA

(a) N/A.

(b) Yes,

(i) N/A

(ii) Necsa concluded two once-off commercial contracts with companies based in the Russian Federation within the period in question (since 01 April 2017).

​7.1 Contract One

(aa) Necsa concluded a once-off contract with Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant

(NCCP) in November 2018.

(bb) USD 1 058 015, 00

(cc) Once-off transaction that will conclude upon delivery of the order, possibly in the financial year 2022/23. At the moment the delivery of the order is delayed by the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

(dd) The goods procured are LTA fuel Elements and control rods for SAFARI-1.

(ee) The rods and the fuel elements are not available in the country.

7.2 Contract Two

(aa) Necsa’s subsidiary NTP Radioisotopes concluded a once-off contract with the Center for Molecular Research (CMR) in January 2018.

(bb) USD 7000

(cc) Once-off transaction that was concluded upon delivery of goods.

(dd) The product that was procured was Ytterbium - 176 (Raw Material used in the

production of Lutetium)

(ee) This isotope is only produced in Russia and is sometimes available through

distributors based in the USA but no such distributors are available in Africa.

8. SANEDI

a) N/A

b) No commercial contract was concluded between the entity and Russian Federation.

(i) No contract concluded

(ii No contract concluded since 01 April 2017

(aa) N/A

(bb) N/A

(cc) N/A

(dd) N/A

(ee) N/A

9. SADPMR

(a) N/A

(b) No

(i) No

(ii) No, the Entity is guided by the decision of the DMRE and Government

(aa) N/A

(bb) N/A

(cc) N/A

(dd) N/A

(ee) N/A

10. NERSA

a) N/A

b) No commercial contract was concluded between the entity and Russian Federation

(i)No contract concluded

(ii) No contract concluded since 01 April 2017

(aa) N/A

(bb) N/A

(cc) N/A

(dd) N/A

(ee) N/A

11. NNR

(a) N/A

(b) No

(i) N/A

(ii) No position

(aa) N/A

(bb) N/A

(cc) N/A

(dd) N/A

(ee) N/A

17 May 2022 - NW1414

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Msimang, Prof CT to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What (a) is the position of his department regarding the recently released 2021 Annual Survey of Mining and Exploration Companies by the Fraser Institute, which, out of 84 jurisdictions that were assessed, ranks the Republic in the bottom 10 (details furnished) and (b) are the details of the plans that his department has put place to (i) counteract the results and (ii) improve the standing of the Republic?

Reply:

a) The department has recently gazetted the Exploration Strategy to address this. There are logistical (rail and freight), regulatory (water and environmental licensing) and security challenges which fall outside the mandate of the DMRE.

b) Key areas have been identified in the Exploration Strategy that government and social partners will address to improve the country’s investment attractiveness in the next five years.

 

 

06 May 2022 - NW883

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What (a) is the total number of incidents of (i) sexual harassment and (ii) sexual assault that were reported in his department (aa) in each of the past three financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2021, (b) number of cases (i) were opened and concluded, (ii) were withdrawn and (iii) remain open or pending based on the incidents and (c) sanctions were meted out against each person who was found guilty?

Reply:

a) No incidents of (i) sexual harassment and (ii) sexual assault were reported in the department (aa) in each of the past three financial years and (bb) since April 2021, (b) number of cases opened (i) were five (5), (ii) no case was withdrawn and (iii) three (3) cases remain open/pending (c) sanctions meted out against persons found guilty were dismissal (3 cases) and one month suspension without pay (2 cases).

06 May 2022 - NW1486

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Bryant, Mr D W to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What are the relevant details of how he will assist the fisherfolk with the rising cost of fuel, diesel in particular and the impact this will have on the sector? NW1817

Reply:

The high diesel prices globally are a direct results of the ongoing conflict in Eastern Europe. The supply of diesel to Europe from Russian Federation has been disrupted as a result of sanctions thus creating a major diesel shortage globally.

The government has intervened by reducing the fuel levy by R1.50 per litre over a period of two months. This intervention came at a cost of R6 billion to the State and benefited both diesel and petrol users.

06 May 2022 - NW1388

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Mathulelwa, Ms B to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Why was action not taken against a certain person (name and details furnished) after it came to light that the specified person allegedly solicited a bribe from another certain person (name and details also furnished)?

Reply:

Allegations of soliciting a bribe against the former Director-General of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy came to light during legal proceedings instituted by DNG Power Holdings (Pty) Ltd in which the Director-General was cited as 3rd Respondent in his official capacity. The allegations related, amongst others, to corruption during the tender process for the procurement of an emergency supply of 200 megawatts of general capacity under the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Procurement Programme.

Subsequently, the Gauteng Division of the South African High Court dismissed the application with cost and held that corruption in relation to the impugned tender process could not be established. This judgement is currently on appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Having regard to the Court’s ruling and considering that this matter is being investigated by appropriate authorities, a departmental investigation into the allegations would be inappropriate and unjustified. Moreover, there is currently no employment relationship, as the term of the employment contract with the former Director-General has since expired.

05 May 2022 - NW1003

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What (a) number of mining right holders are (i) in compliance and (ii) not in compliance with 46A(a) and 46(b)(i) of the Minerals and Petroleum Development Act, Act 22 of 2002: Minerals and Petroleum Development Regulations in each province, (b) steps have been taken by his department to ensure compliance with 46A(a) and 46(b)(i) of the Regulations and (c) are the website Uniform Resource Locators for each Social and Labour Plan published by each mining right holder in terms of 46(b)(i) of the Minerals and Petroleum Development Regulations?

Reply:

(a)(i) Number of mining right holders that are complying is 48

(ii) Number of mining right holders that are not in compliance is 51

(b) Directives and orders in terms of section 29 and 93 of MPRDA were issued to those mining right holders who does not comply

(c) The publishing of SLP is not only limited to website, but some companies also publish in their website while most Mines are publishing in Tribal Authority, Local Municipalities and Libraries for easy access to community they are operating around.

05 May 2022 - NW1434

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Weber, Ms AMM to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1) Whether, with reference to the renewal of the mining rights for the Elandshoogte Gold Mine, he considered that the mine is right next to the Houtbosloop that is the habitat of the fish species of Chiloglanis Bifurcus; if not, why not; if so, (2) whether he has been advised that the specified fish species is on the Red List of Threatened Species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, how does his department plan to ensure that this species does not become extinct as a result of the mining activity?

Reply:

(1) The renewal application of the mining right is still under consideration.

 

05 May 2022 - NW1433

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Weber, Ms AMM to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

At which (a) waste landfill site does the Elandshoogte Gold Mine dispose of their waste and (b) hazardous waste site do they dispose of their hazardous waste?

Reply:

Elandshoogte Gold Mine is the holder of the mining right with an approved Environmental programme/ Environmental Authorisation, which provide that General waste must be kept in containers which are either wind and scavenger proof, and be disposed of at a permitted landfill site. This Authorisation does not negate the holder of the Authorisation to comply with any statutory requirements that might be applicable to the undertaking of any other activity. In this regard Elandshoogte Gold Mine must be in a position of a waste disposal permit from a local Municipality.

05 May 2022 - NW1432

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Weber, Ms AMM to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

On what date did the mining in Elandshoogte Gold Mine start?

Reply:

The mining right was issued on 24 February 2007 and in terms of section 25(2)(b) the holder must commence with mining operations within one year from the date of issuing.

05 May 2022 - NW601

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Madokwe, Ms P to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Whether, in view of his remarks at the recent National Energy Dialogue, in which he stated that it is not the role of his department to build an affordable and renewable energy sector, his department intends to leave the building of an affordable and renewable-energy sector completely to the private sector?

Reply:

It is the mandate of the department to ensure security of energy supply. The Department delivers on this mandate through the development of policy and regulations, energy planning and the facilitation of investment into the sector.

In line with the government investment drive, the department intends to continue to attract private sector investment into the energy sector including renewable energy. It must be noted that there is no law prohibiting organs of state from investing in the energy sector and the department has through the IRP 2019 and Electricity Regulations on New Generation Capacity further clarified this.

25 April 2022 - NW898

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Msimang, Prof CT to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

In view of section 31BB of the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA), Act 107 of 1998, which empowers him to designate persons as environmental mineral resource inspectors to monitor compliance of NEMA, as of 1 March 2022, what (a) total number of environmental mineral resource inspectors are currently employed by his department, (b) is the total breakdown of the inspectors in each province, (c) specific factors are taken into consideration to determine the number of environmental mineral resource inspectors required in each province and (d) prescribed standards are in place to ensure that the monitoring and compliance functions fulfilled by the environmental mineral resource inspectors give effect to NEMA?

Reply:

(a) Total number of environmental inspectors is 94

(b) The breakdown in respect of Environmental Mineral Resource (EMRIs) in each province is as follows:

No. Seq

REGIONS

EMRIs

1.

Head Office

16

2.

Limpopo

12

3.

Northwest

14

4.

Mpumalanga

12

5.

Northern Cape

10

6.

Free State

7

7.

KwaZulu Natal

7

8.

Gauteng

7

9.

Western Cape

6

10

Eastern Cape

3

(c) A number of dynamics are taken into consideration when Inspectors are assigned with the functions and responsibilities, which may amongst others include the Inspectors capacity (skills and experience) required to perform functions relating to the dynamics of such a province’. The environmental challenges and dynamics of a particular Region/Province would also form the basis of the capacity required to deal with such.

(d) All the EMRIs have undergone the necessary training by an assigned Institution with more focus on the National Environmental Management Act (Act 107 of 1998). The training largely revolves around the functions they need to perform as per the relevant legislation, primarily being NEMA. All the Performance standards set for the inspectors in this regard revolve around NEMA. The adherence to the standards in this regard are duly monitored by their managers and supervisors who are graded as Grade 1 EMRIs.

 

25 April 2022 - NW1009

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Steenhuisen, Mr JH to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1) What is the (a) volume in barrels, (b) average cost in Dollars per barrel and (c) value of the Republic’s strategic fuel reserve currently; (2) (a) how often was a rotation of the strategic fuel reserve undertaken (i) in the (aa) 2019-20 and (bb) 2020-21 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2021 and (b) what was the reason for each rotation that was undertaken in each case; (3) to what extent will the Republic’s strategic fuel reserve shield South Africans from the predicted fuel crises caused by the Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine? NW1257E

Reply:

(1)(a) Whilst there are 10 million barrels of crude oil in the terminal, only 8.7 million barrels are accounted as inventory and the balance is working stock.

(b) The cost per barrel is as per prevailing market rate. Each grade of Crude oil is priced differently at a premium or discount of Brent Crude Oil as prevailing in the market. As at the 4th of April Brent Crude Oil was trading at $104/bbl.

(c) As at the 28th of March 2022 the cost value of the strategic reserves in tank was R 1 750 764 252. This is what would be reflected on the annual financial statement in terms of the accounting rules.

(2) There has not been any rotation of strategic reserves during the abovementioned periods.

(3) As per the joint statement issued by the National Treasury and the Department of Minerals and Energy, the Strategic stock will be utilised to provide a R 6 Billion cover for revenue lost in the reduction of the general fuel levy for two months. This will effectively “reduce the general fuel levy for Petrol from R3.85 per litre to R2.35 per litre and reduce the general fuel levy for diesel from R3.70 per litre to R2.20 per litre”

05 April 2022 - NW855

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Engelbrecht, Mr J to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What total amount in Rand has been spent on (a) catering, (b) entertainment and (c) accommodation for (a) him, (ii) the Deputy Minister and (iii) officials of his department since 29 May 2019?

Reply:

ITEMS

2019/20

2020/21

2021/22

 

OFFICE OF THE MINISTER

OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY MINISTER

DEPARTMENT

OFFICE OF THE MINISTER

OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY MINISTER

DEPARTMENT

OFFICE OF THE MINISTER

DEPUTY MINISTER

DEPARTMENT

a) CATERING

1,272.90

24,164.50

1,041,642.70

15,468.00

-

272,099.64

7,832.00

1,572.40

432,669.69

b) ENTERTAINMENT

-

-

-

-

-

-

888.90

-

-

c) S&T - LOCAL ACCOMMODATION

822,741.16

258,903.06

22,248,865.44

352,939.89

117,943.62

10,506,194.13

510,031.34

694,075.03

15,643,483.33

c) S&T - FOREIGN ACCOMMODATION

387,307.17

143,021.00

1,236,889.29

183,157.94

12,379.75

140,784.86

3,735.89

23,908.67

176,859.52

TOTALS

1,211,321.23

426,088.56

24,527,397.43

551,565.83

130,323.37

10,919,078.63

522,488.13

719,556.10

16,253,012.54

.

05 April 2022 - NW801

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Weber, Ms AMM to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Whether, in light of the fact that his department closed the illegal mining of a certain company (name and details furnished) on 8 September 2021 and the specified company was given 14 days’ notice to follow the correct procedures by applying for a valid and legal permit or licence, the company received a valid licence and/or permit from his office in eMalahleni; if not, (a) what are the reasons that the company is still operating and (b) to whom is the company selling its coal; if so, (i) on what date did the company acquire its licence and (ii) will he provide Ms A M M Weber with a copy of the licence and/or permit issued to the company?

Reply:

According to the records of the Department, there is no company by the name of Liquid Mist.

 

05 April 2022 - NW802

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Weber, Ms AMM to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1) What steps will (a) he and/or (b) his department take to prevent contamination of water flowing in the rivers (details furnished); (2) whether he will furnish Ms A M M Weber with a list of all mines in Mpumalanga that (a) have been rehabilitated in the past 10 years and (b) are currently being rehabilitated; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what is the current cost of (a) all rehabilitated mines and (b) mines that are being rehabilitated at the moment; (4) whether he will provide Ms A M M Weber with the names of all un-rehabilitated mines in Mpumalanga; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW981E

Reply:

1.a) All water resources are managed through the National Water Act, 1998 (Act 36 of 1998), under the competency of the Minister of Water and Sanitation, all mines are mandated to acquire water use License prior commencing with mining activities

2(a)(b) The Department has record of the Authorised mining operations conducting concurrent rehabilitations on portion/s of the disturbed environment, however there’s no recorded of a complete rehabilitated and closed mining operations in Mpumalanga. All mining operations conduct concurrent rehabilitation in accordance with the approved Environmental management Program/Environmental Authorisation

3(a)(b) Mining companies submit an annual Environmental Audit report which describe the current environmental disturbances and conducted rehabilitation process with a quantum calculation on the extent of the activities within the mining operations. This report further provides the operational cost on the management of the potential impacts with the adjustment of the financial provision. All mining operations conduct concurrent rehabilitation in accordance with the approved Environmental management Program/Environmental Authorisation

4) All holders of rights and permits whose operations are underway or placed under Business Rescue Practice have some level of outstanding rehabilitation, and the Department continuously monitor these operations to ensure that the State is not exposed to the risk of inheriting liability.

 

 

03 March 2022 - NW68

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

1) On what grounds was a certain person (name furnished) suspended as a board member of the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) and (b) what are the reasons that the specified person was prevented from accessing board documents, minutes and files on 17 January 2022, a day before his suspension was served on 18 January 2022; 2) Whether he has found that the NNR Technical Subcommittee that approved the replacement of the Koeberg reactor head and steam generator on 18 January 2022 was properly constituted in light of the person’s suspension; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; 3) Whether the person’s suspension has anything whatsoever to do with the Koeberg replacement decision; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what conflict of interest arises between the involvement of the person in the nuclear industry and the Koeberg decision? NW72E

Reply:

In response to questions 1(a) and 3:

Serious allegations of misconduct have been levelled against the board member, and I have been requested to consider exercising the powers afforded to me under section 9(1)(c) of the National Nuclear Regulator Act, Act no. 47 of 1999. The board member has been afforded an opportunity to fully respond to these allegations, which opportunity he has accepted. It would therefore be, at this time, premature and inappropriate to comment further on this matter.

In response to questions 1(b) and 2

The NNR has advised me that it is factually incorrect that the steam generator replacement approval was issued by the Technical Committee of the NNR board. Instead, the steam generator replacement approval is an operational decision concerning plant modification, which is not within the remit of the Technical Committee or the NNR board. The steam generator replacement approval was accordingly issued by the NNR Programme Manager responsible for Nuclear Power Plants on 18 January 2022, which was a day before the Technical Committee meeting.

The NNR has further advised me that the Technical Committee meeting of 19 January 2022 was properly constituted and quorate in accordance with the provisions of the National Nuclear Regulator Act, Act no. 47 of 1999.

03 March 2022 - NW529

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Ngcobo, Mr S to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What is the (a) make, (b) model, (c) year of manufacture, (d) price and (e) purchase date of each vehicle purchased for use by (i) him and (ii) the Deputy Minister since 29 May 2019?

Reply:

a) Since 29 May 2019 no new vehicles were purchased for the (i) Minister and the (ii) Deputy Minister.

b) N/A

c) N/A

d) N/A

e) N/A

03 March 2022 - NW504

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Mabika, Mr M to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Whether his department intends to allow municipalities to procure their own electricity; if not, why not; if so, what (a) measures has his department put in place to make the procurement processes proceed smoothly and quickly and (b) are the further relevant details?

Reply:

The law has always allowed for municipalities to procure their own power. As the DMRE, we have gone further and clarified requirements and process for municipalities to obtain the necessary Section 34 Ministerial Determinations.

03 March 2022 - NW223

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Madokwe, Ms P to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Following his department’s advisory indicating that he will be engaging with traditional leaders in the Eastern Cape on the exploration of oil and gas, (a) what informed his department’s decision to not involve communities through public participation and (b) how will meeting traditional leaders address the various concerns raised by communities and civil society during the Wild Coast protests? NW227E

Reply:

The visits to the traditional leadership in the Eastern Cape are part and parcel of the ongoing departmental engagements with stakeholders on issues affecting the minerals and energy industries. As part of the stakeholder engagement process, the department continuously consult interested and affected parties including communities and civil societies.

 

03 March 2022 - NW69

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

1) Whether any studies have been conducted into clean coal by (a) the SA National Energy Development Institute, (b) the Council for GeoSciences and/or (c) any other entity reporting to him; if not, why not; if so, (i) when were the studies conducted and (ii) what is the status of the specified studies; 2) Whether he will make the studies available to Parliament for the purposes of oversight, information and scrutiny; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; 3) On what scientific basis does he rely in his repeated statements regarding clean coal; and 4) What are the reasons that the recognised research experts of his department have not been consulted on this matter? NW73E

Reply:

1) Yes, the following studies have been conducted in relation to coal:

Research Programme/Project

(i) Expected date of conclusion of phase

(ii) Status

(a) SANEDI

Cleaner Fossil Fuel

31 March 2022

In progress

(b) Council for Geoscience

Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage

2024

To be conducted in 2024

(c) MINTEK

Coal gasification

2020-present

In progress

Operability of the DC waste coal gasification concept

2015

Outputs incorporated in strategic programme

Techno-economic evaluation of the DC arc plasma coal gasifier

2011

Outputs incorporated in strategic programme

Feasibility of Producing Hydrogen in DC arc Furnace

2009

Outputs incorporated in strategic programme

Coal solubilisation

2004

The project was not successful as the conversion of the coal to methane could not be controlled and the coal was instead converted to biomass and carbon dioxide.

Biogas from coal

2019

Issue with the quality of the gas produced and the economic viability of the process

Microbial desulphurisation of coal

1995

Process technically successful, economic viability an issue

Reuse of treated mine-impacted water as a potential resource for accelerated carbon sequestration

2020-present

In progress – concept being validated

CO2 Capture and Utilisation

2019/2020

At concept stage

2) Yes but most of these studies are available online. either on the websites of SOEs or from the document database on request. Any which is not in the public domain they can be released for sharing at the Minister’s discretion.

3) The clean coal technology as a scientific intervention is not new – the Norwegians started a pilot in 1986, followed by a number of other jurisdictions that have tested the technology, including the USA, UK, Italy, Netherlands and Australia amongst others. The basis of science has therefore been established and is a subject of refinement to the South African context by the CGS, as an implementing agent for the partnership of the South African Government with the World Bank. As a responsible state, it is our social and environmental responsibility to allow critical decisions to be premised essentially on scientific and technical basis. However, the afore mentioned studies are all of a sound scientific basis and one needs to consider energy security and its impact on the South African economy. South African coal reserves are adequate to meet the targets outlined in the IRP 2019 and the Paris Agreement talks to the country’s commitment to lowering emissions from an economy that will still be using coal towards a net zero by 2050.

4) The Department is consulting experts in the sector and within its resources.

 

11 January 2022 - NW2658

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Tambo, Mr S to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Whether his department was consulted when commitments in the COP26 global climate change summit were made to level down on the use of coal; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what impact will this agreement have on the South African workers?

Reply:

 

Cabinet considers and approves the Country Negotiating Position for the UNFCCC processes, with the DFFE mandated to lead negotiations on behalf of the Republic.

11 January 2022 - NW2857

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Madokwe, Ms P to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

In light of the fact that at the beginning of this term, a discussion was held between his department, the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy and various stakeholders on the failure of his department to issue mining licences, what are the (a) details of the progress made on the issuing of mining licences to date and (b) challenges that have been experienced that resulted in a backlog? NW3377E

Reply:

 

  1. Significant progress has been made in the adjudication of mining licence applications since the beginning of the last calendar year. A total of One Thousand and Eleven (1011) prospecting right applications were finalised and Two Hundred and Seven (207) mining right applications were finalised. In addition, 96 Social and Labour plans were finalised.
  2. The Challenges experienced included the inordinate number of appeals that accompany each application. In addition, the delays in filling of vacancies exacerbated the situation.

11 January 2022 - NW2748

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Madokwe, Ms P to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1). What process was followed before Shell was granted permission to conduct seismic surveys on the Wild Coast; (2). whether he has found that all applicable legislative requirements and processes were followed; if not, what steps did he take(a) before the blasting scheduled for 1 December 2021 and(b) after 1 December 2021? NW3263E

Reply:

(1). The permission to conduct the seismic survey is part of the exploration right that Shell and Impact Africa Oil hold for the Transkei Algoa in the Wild Coast. As part of the exploration right application an environment impact assessment was carried out in 2013 culminating in the approval of the Environmental Management Programme in 2014. An independent review of the Environmental Management Programme was carried out in 2020 with the audit report sent to the database of Interested and Affected (I&A) Parties in May 2020. No objections were received The Environment Management Programme permits the licensees to undertake exploration activities including the seismic survey.
(2). The 3D seismic survey is not blasting but rather it is compressed air that is released and generates sound output directed to the seabed. All applicable legislative requirements were followed in granting the Exploration Right including the Environmental Management Programme.

11 January 2022 - NW2623

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Komane, Ms RN to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What intervention is he planning to make to ease the pressure on motorists affected by the astronomical rise in fuel prices?

Reply:

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has noted the justified anxiety of fuel users and consumers in general, following the steep fuel increases effected in recent months. The recent fuel price increases that have been experienced in the country are not dissimilar to record breaking increases that have been experienced in such jurisdictions as New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the UK, Singapore and other non-oil producing countries. South Africa is a net importer of both crude oil and finished petroleum products. Crude oil which is the main feedstock for fuel used in vehicles is traded in US dollars and the higher price of oil is supported by oil producing countries. The exchange rate and the price of crude oil are the main cause of fuel price fluctuations.

The Department will amongst others intensify campaigns for efficient fuel usage in order to help motorists appreciate some of the driving habits that can help them save fuel.

28 December 2021 - NW2367

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Langa, Mr TM to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What measures does his department currently have in place to ensure the (a) safety of mine workers; and (b) lowering of the high fatality rates in the mines?

Reply:

Legislative Review

Mine Health and Safety Act (Act 29 of 1996) will be strengthened through legislative amendments.

 The Department has issued a guideline for a mandatory COP on the right to refuse dangerous work. All mines are encouraged to popularise this COP so that mineworkers can exercise this important right without any fear of victimisation.

 The Department has also issued a guideline for a mandatory COP for the management and mitigation of COVID-19 at SA mines. The Department continues to encourage all mineworkers and their loved ones to vaccinate. As on the 14 December 2021, about 70% of the employees in the mining sector have been vaccinated.

Issuing of Chief Inspector of Mines (CIOM) Directives

 The Department issue CIOM directives where necessary to enhance the health and safety of the mineworkers. The following directives have been issued by the DMRE:

• Elimination of rock-burst and rockfall accidents as a result of remnant pillar extraction.

• Elimination of shaft and winders accidents.

• Elimination of fire, explosion, heat and oxygen deficiency accidents.

• Emergency preparedness and secondary outlets.

• Start –up procedure and return to work post Covid -19 lockdown.

• Vigilance on health and safety matters during last quarter of the year.

Monitoring and enforcement of compliance

 The Department will be reviewing the organizational structure which will also ensure that the capacity to monitor the mining sector is strengthened.

 The Inspectors continuously monitor health and safety matters at mines by conducting proactive routine inspections and audits at various mines.

 During the routine inspections and audits Inspectors, as empowered by the Mine Health and Safety Act (MHSA), do issue relevant statutory notices/instructions in case of non-compliance to the legal provisions and dangerous conditions or practices which may endanger the health and safety of mineworkers. The relevant statutory notices include orders to stop an unsafe mine or part thereof in terms of MHSA Section 54 and Section 55 provides for the ordering of compliance to the provisions of the MHSA.

 During the 2021/21 financial year the Department issued 2 115 Section 54 instructions and 1 080 Section 55 instructions to various mine employers. In the current financial year(2021/22) from April to September, the DMRE has issued 750 Section 54 instructions and 794 Section 55 instructions. Before the said statutory instructions can be lifted, the mine management together with all organised labour representatives at that mine, are requested to confirm full compliance with the Inspector’s instructions through a formal presentation to the respective regional Principal Inspector of Mines.

Conducting of Investigations and Inquiries

 The Department conducts accident investigations and inquiries in case of serious mine accidents to determine the cause of each mine accident, appropriate remedial measures to prevent recurrence and in case of gross negligence by any person, then make necessary recommendations for prosecution to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

 The Department will suspend or withdraw legal appointments and the Government Certificate of Competency of the responsible managers, engineers and supervisors who fail in their duties to safeguard the health and safety of mineworkers in their areas of responsibility.

Stakeholder Engagements

 The Department engages the CEOs of mining companies and Minerals Council of SA (former Chamber of Mines), to present their turn-around health and safety strategies and commitments.

 Mines are encouraged to adopt best/leading practices and technology advances to enhance and safety.

 Meetings are also held with organized labour to discuss on the areas of concern and remedial actions.

 The DMRE has also established Regional Mine Health and Safety Tripartite forums in all the nine provinces where relevant officials of the Department, mine management and representatives of organised labour regularly meet to share mine health and safety challenges, best mining practices and proposed way forward to safeguard the mineworker’s health and safety.

 The Minister in collaboration with organised labour and business leaders convened a MineSafe conference on the 25 November 2021. The aim of the MineSafe was for the sector to recommit to health and safety as well as to urgently focus on actions to address the loss of life of the mineworkers. Subsequently, the stakeholders agreed on actions which will be implemented to ensure improvement.

Skills Development

 The Department is collaborating with the Mining Qualification Authority (MQA) on implementing health and safety skills programme including on the training and supporting learners in the sector to register for a qualification related to seismology and rock engineeringas part of the efforts to mitigate the prevalence of FOG incidents.

  Also, the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) finalized the development of the business plan for Phase 2 of the Centre of Excellence (CoE).

 The following were the key recommendations of the business plan that would enable the implementation of Phase 2 of the CoE:

• Re-skilling of Mining and Mineral sector workforce.

• Development of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) training programmes that cater for modernized mines in line with 4IR developments.

• Inclusion of innovative technologies and techniques into training.

• Augmentation of the proposed career paths by linking them with other industries’ career paths in OHS.

NW2739E

28 December 2021 - NW2626

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Madokwe, Ms P to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Whether, following the community protests against the exploration of the Wild Coast by Shell, the allegations that his department granted Shell the authorisation to proceed despite scientific warnings that such an exploration would affect marine life in the area and the call for the move towards green energy, his department will consider reviewing its decision and put measures in place to protect our environment instead; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

It is worth noting that the development of the upstream oil and gas industry is part of South Africa’s

economic recovery strategy. Indigenous production of oil and gas will support the country’s energy

security and provide an opportunity for local beneficiation of oil and gas. The IRP2019 has a large

renewable energy build programme which needs to be supported by gas-to-power to ensure stability of

the electricity grid. It would therefore be an added benefit to the economy if the gas to be used in the gas-

to-power programme is indigenous gas.

Having said the above, the decision made by the Department to grant the exploration right and approve

the Environmental Management Programme was based on the following:

1. The application for the exploration right and the development of the Environmental Management

fulfilled the prescribed regulatory framework i.e. Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development

Act, 2002 and its Regulations.

2. The potential impacts associated with the proposed exploration activities on marine life were

identified and assessed. The Department’s evaluation was that the proposed exploration

activities would not cause detrimental impact on the environment as the majority of the potential

impacts were assessed to have very low significance when taking into consideration the

implementation of the mitigation measures.

3. The measures to prevent and minimise impact on the environment and marine life were also

deemed suitable to manage potential environmental impacts.

The Department therefore does not find it necessary to review its decision to allow Shell to undertake the

3D seismic survey as part of its exploration right.

 

 

 

28 December 2021 - NW2738

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Msimang, Prof CT to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Whether, in light of the latest figures given by his department reflecting the total number of (a) mining deaths amounting to 58 and (ii) injuries amounting to 1 824, and in view of the concerns brought forward by all mining stakeholders, there are any plans in place to improve the health and safety matters, including, but not limited to, COVID-19 matters; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; Yes, there are plans to improve health and safety performance at mines, which include but not limited to:

Reply:

 

Legislative Review

Mine Health and Safety Act (Act 29 of 1996) will be strengthened through legislative amendments.

 The Department has issued a guideline for a mandatory COP on the right to refuse dangerous work. All mines are encouraged to popularise this COP so that mineworkers can exercise this important right without any fear of victimisation.

 The Department has also issued a guideline for a mandatory COP for the management and mitigation of COVID-19 at SA mines. The Department continues to encourage all mineworkers and their loved ones to vaccinate. As on the 14 December 2021, about 70% of the employees in the mining sector have been vaccinated.

Issuing of Chief Inspector of Mines (CIOM) Directives

 The Department issue CIOM directives where necessary to enhance the health and safety

of the mineworkers. The following directives have been issued by the DMRE:

• Elimination of rock-burst and rockfall accidents as a result of remnant pillar extraction.

• Elimination of shaft and winders accidents.

• Elimination of fire, explosion, heat and oxygen deficiency accidents.

• Emergency preparedness and secondary outlets.

• Start –up procedure and return to work post Covid -19 lockdown.

• Vigilance on health and safety matters during last quarter of the year.

 

Monitoring and enforcement of compliance

 The Department will be reviewing the organizational structure which will also ensure that the capacity to monitor the mining sector is strengthened.

 The Inspectors continuously monitor health and safety matters at mines by conducting proactive routine inspections and audits at various mines.

 During the routine inspections and audits Inspectors, as empowered by the Mine Health and Safety Act (MHSA), do issue relevant statutory notices/instructions in case of non-compliance to the legal provisions and dangerous conditions or practices which may endanger the health and safety of mineworkers. The relevant statutory notices include orders to stop an unsafe mine or part thereof in terms of MHSA Section 54 and Section 55 provides for the ordering of compliance to the provisions of the MHSA.

 During the 2021/21 financial year the Department issued 2 115 Section 54 instructions and 1 080 Section 55 instructions to various mine employers. In the current financial year (2021/22) from April to September, the DMRE has issued 750 Section 54 instructions and 794 Section 55 instructions. Before the said statutory instructions can be lifted, the mine management together with all organised labour representatives at that mine, are requested to confirm full compliance with the Inspector’s instructions through a formal presentation to the respective regional Principal Inspector of Mines.

Stakeholder Engagements

 The Department engages the CEOs of mining companies and Minerals Council of SA (former Chamber of Mines), to present their turn-around health and safety strategies and commitments.

 Mines are encouraged to adopt best/leading practices and technology advances to enhance health and safety.

 Meetings are also held with organized labour to discuss on the areas of concern and remedial actions.

 The DMRE has also established Regional Mine Health and Safety Tripartite forums in all the nine provinces where relevant officials of the Department, mine management and representatives of organised labour regularly meet to share mine health and safety challenges, best mining practices and proposed way forward to safeguard the mineworker’s health and safety.

 The Minister in collaboration with organised labour and business leaders convened a MineSafe conference on the 25 November 2021. The aim of the MineSafe was for the sector to recommit to health and safety as well as to urgently focus on actions to address the loss of life of the mineworkers. Subsequently, the stakeholders agreed on actions which will be implemented to ensure improvement.

Skills Development

 The Department is collaborating with the Mining Qualification Authority (MQA) on implementing health and safety skills programme including on the training and supporting learners in the sector to register for a qualification related to seismology and rock engineering as part of the efforts to mitigate the prevalence of FOG incidents.

 Also, the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) finalized the development of the business plan for Phase 2 of the Centre of Excellence (CoE).

 The following were the key recommendations of the business plan that would enable the implementation of Phase 2 of the CoE:

• Re-skilling of Mining and Mineral sector workforce.

• Development of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) training programmes that cater for modernized mines in line with 4IR developments.

• Inclusion of innovative technologies and techniques into training.

• Augmentation of the proposed career paths by linking them with other industries’ career paths in OHS.

(2) whether his department is investigating the high number of fatalities and injuries; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

DMRE REPLY

Conducting of Investigations and Inquiries

 The Department conducts accident investigations and inquiries in case of serious mine accidents to determine the cause of each mine accident, appropriate remedial measures to prevent recurrence and in case of gross negligence by any person, then make necessary recommendations for prosecution to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

 The Department will suspend or withdraw legal appointments and the Government Certificate of Competency of the responsible managers, engineers and supervisors who fail in theirnduties to safeguard the health and safety of mineworkers in their areas of responsibility.

 

10 September 2021 - NW2046

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1) (a) What total number of applications to erect wind farms in the Eastern Cape were approved by his department, (b) what total number of wind farms are erected in the Eastern Cape currently following the approval of such applications and (b) where is each wind farm located in each case; (2) whether his department has identified other areas in the Eastern Cape for potential wind farms; if not, why not; if so, (a) where will each such project be located and (b) on what date is it envisaged that construction will (i) commence and (ii) be completed?

Reply:

1. (a) The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy does not receive applications for the erection of Wind Farms but receive bids following a request for proposals. The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment is probably best placed to provide this information based on environmental impact assessments applications they receive.

(b) Find below a list of wind-based projects in the Eastern Cape procured under Bid Windows 1 – 4.

Project

Area

Dorper Wind Farm

Stormberg

MetroWind Van Stadens Wind Farm

Port Elizabeth

Kouga Wind Farm

Port Elizabeth

Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm (RF) (PTY) LTD

Jeffereys Bay

Cookhouse Wind Farm

Cookhouse

Amakhala Emoyeni

Bedford

Tsitsikamma Community Wind Farm Project

Tsitsikamma

Waainek

Grahamstown

Grassridge

Coega

Chaba

Komga

Nojoli Wind Farm

Cookhouse

Red Cap-Gibson Bay

Oyster Bay

Nxuba Wind Farm

Cookhouse

Golden Valley Wind

Cookhouse

Wesley-Ciskei

Hamburg

Oyster Bay Wind Farm

Humansdorp

2. Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) does not dictate the location of the Wind Energy Facilities. IPPs are required to select their own location and conduct the necessary studies to ensure viability of the project.

The department has however worked with international partners and local industry associations to produce the Wind Atlas. The Wind Atlas is a high-resolution wind resource map that shows South Africa’s wind resource.

 

10 September 2021 - NW2047

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(a) What has he found to be the challenges that are currently experienced in erecting more wind farms in the Eastern Cape and (b) how much energy in megawatts does his department anticipate will be generated from the wind turbines located in the Eastern Cape?

Reply:

(a) There are currently no known challenges. Projects are expected to manage the process of securing land use rights from landowners and ensure compliance with environmental requirements.

The projects are also dependent on the availability of grid capacity which Eskom has indicated is starting to become a limitation.

(b)  The current procured and contracted capacity of Wind Energy Facilities in the Eastern Cape is about 1432 MW. According to the Grid Connection Capacity Assessment 2023 report published by Eskom, the Eastern Cape electricity network can accommodate an additional 1740MW of generation capacity and it will therefore require upgrading in the future.

10 September 2021 - NW2045

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Mr Jacob MbeleDeputy Director General

(1) What total number of applications for the erection of wind farms and/or wind turbines have been received by his department in each district in the (a) 2018-19, (b) 2019-20 and (c) 2020-21 financial years; (2) what (a) total number of objections were received and (b) are the reasons for the objections in each case?

Reply:

1. The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy does not receive applications for the erection of Wind Farms but receive bids following a request for proposals. The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment is probably best placed to provide this information based on environmental impact assessments applications they receive.

2. See response to (1) above.

06 August 2021 - NW1652

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

1) What total amount has been set aside for rehabilitation for Ghunu Diamonds mine at the Brazil Farm, Kleinzee; 2) Whether the contract for bulk sampling has been increased; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, how has this changed the amount for rehabilitation; 3) Whether the (a) impact study and (b) public participation was completed when his department awarded the contract regarding Ghunu Diamonds mine; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, will he furnish Mrs V van Dyk with a copy of the impact study and the public participation that was done at the time; 4) Whether any of the employees of Ghunu Diamonds mine have been arrested for being in possession of any fauna, tortoises in particular, and flora; if not, what is the position

Reply:

1. An amount of R210 000.00 financial provision is provided.

2. The quantity of the bulk sample is clearly described in the approved Prospecting work programme and has not been increased. Rehabilitation is described in the approved EMP

3. (a) Yes.

(b) Yes. All the studies were done copies are readily available in our offices in Springbok for collection as they can not be mailed through due to size.

4. This is the competency of the Department of Agriculture, Environment, Rural Development and Land Reform (Kimberley office).

05 August 2021 - NW1621

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Whether he will furnish Mr J R B Lorimer with a list of all the (a) mining and (b) prospecting licences granted in the area of the eMalahleni Local Municipality in Mpumalanga in the past three financial years; if not, why not; if so, in each case, what is the (i) geographic location of each mine and (ii) status of each specified mine in terms of mining taking place, care and maintenance, expiry date of each licence, rehabilitation and/or abandonment of each mine? NW1827E

Reply:

ANNEXURE A

list of all the (a) mining and (b) prospecting licences granted in the eMalahleni Local Municipality in Mpumalanga in the past three financial years

Seq No.

NAME OF THE COMPANY

REF NUMBER

STATUS

LOCATION

TYPE OF RIGHT

GRANTING/ISSUING DATE

EXPIRY

OPERATION OR NOT

1

Kusile mining (Pty) Ltd

MP30/5/1/2/2/10049MR

GRANTED

ROODEBLOEM 58 IS, ptn 1 and 2

NEW

2019/03/11

2029/03/10

Not operational

2

SIDE MINERALS (PTY) LTD

MP30/5/1/2/2/10072MR

GRANTED

BANKFONTEIN 216 IR, ptn 7 and 11

RENEWAL

2019/11/03

2026/11/02

Operational

3

Eyethu Coal (Pty) Ltd

MP30/5/1/2/2/10148MR

GRANTED

SPEEKFONTEIN 336 JS, ptn 4

RENEWAL

2019/03/18

2024/03/17

Operational

4

UMCEBO MINIING (PTY) LTD

MP30/5/1/2/2/10118MR

GRANTED

RONDEBULT 303 JS, RE and DOORNRUG 302 JS, ptn 11

RENEWAL

2019/03/17

2027/03/16

Operational

5

Eyethu Coal (Pty) Ltd

MP30/5/1/2/2/10166MR

GRANTED

KOSMO 282 JS, BLOEKOMBOS 414 JS, DRIEFONTEIN 297 JS, LEEUWPOORT 283 JS, SUURWATER 366 JS, TWEEDAM 377 JS

RENEWAL

2019/03/17

2024/03/16

Operational

6

JOE SINGH GROUP OF COMPANIES

MP30/5/1/2/2/10197MR

GRANTED

HENMA 291 IR

RENEWAL

2019/03/11

2024/03/10

Operational

7

Ibumba Bricks (Pty) Ltd

MP30/5/1/2/2/10124MR

GRANTED

LEEUWPOORT 283 JS, ptn 9

NEW

2019/03/17

2049/03/16

Not operational

8

Koornfontein Mines (Pty) Ltd

MP30/5/1/2/2/10077MR

GRANTED

VLAKLAAGTE 45 IS

NEW

2020/08/14

2035/0813

Not operational

Prospecting Rights

Seq No.

NAME OF THE COMPANY

REF NUMBER

STATUS

LOCATION

TYPE OF RIGHT

GRANTING/ISSUING DATE

EXPIRY

OPERATION OR NOT

                 

1.

Kusile Mining (Pty) Ltd

MP30/5/1/1/2/14040PR

GRANTED

9, 11, 12 & 15 Rietfontein 100 IS

RENEWAL

2019/05/13

2015/09/04

Operational

2.

CREDOCRON CC

MP30/5/1/1/2/10891PR

GRANTED

25 Elandsfontein 309 JS

New

2018/04/25

2012/08/22

Not operational

3.

Makole Electrical (Pty) Ltd Trading As Makole Electrical (Pty) Ltd

MP30/5/1/1/2/11732PR

GRANTED

26 & 94 Naauwpoort 335 JS

New

2020/03/25

2013/04/25

Not operational

4.

Invincibledrive Pty Ltd Trading As Invincibledrive Pty Ltd

MP30/5/1/1/2/11725PR

GRANTED

5 & 11 Rhenosterfontein 318 JS

New

2019/10/30

2013/04/10

Not operational

5.

125 Makole Investment cc Trading As 125 Makole Investment cc

MP30/5/1/1/2/12195PR

GRANTED

3 Steenkoolspruit 18 IS

New

2020/03/25

2013/07/26

Not operational

6.

NGULULU RESOURCES PTY LTD Trading As

MP30/5/1/1/2/13065PR

GRANTED

4,5,6,8,9,36,39, RE Hartgebeestlaagte 325 JS

New

2018/04/24

2014/06/03

Not operational

7.

J for Joy Development and Entertainment (Pty) Ltd

MP30/5/1/1/2/14497PR

GRANTED

Portion of portion 4 Driefontein 297 JS

New

2018/07/20

2016/10/13

Not operational

8.

XAKWA INVESTMENT (PTY) LTD

MP30/5/1/1/2/12382PR

GRANTED

Waterkyk 304 JS

RENEWAL

2019/05/29

2013/09/26

Operational

9.

Superlane 137 (Pty) Ltd

MP30/5/1/1/2/14001PR

GRANTED

Portion of RE Duvha Kragstasie 337 JS

RENEWAL

2018/11/08

2015/07/24

Operational

10

Umzobanzi Coal and Energy Pty Ltd

MP30/5/1/1/2/14632PR

GRANTED

8, 10, 30 Grootvallei 258 JS

RENEWAL

2019/05/29

2017/01/27

Operational

11

Inkanyezi Mining and Industrial Suppies cc

MP30/5/1/1/2/14670PR

GRANTED

2, 11 Nooitgedacht 300 JS

New

2018/07/04

2017/02/23

Not operational

12

AMULA RESOURCES (PTY) LTD

MP30/5/1/1/2/14181PR

ISSUED

31 Wolvenskrans 17 IS

New

2018/05/30

2016/02/23

Operational

13

Zama Jali Mining CC

MP30/5/1/1/2/14138PR

ISSUED

6, 12, 13 Speekfontein 336 JS, 12 Rhenosterfontein 318 JS

RENEWAL

2018/11/28

2015/12/18

Operational

14

Big Coal (Pty) Ltd

MP30/5/1/1/2/11318PR

ISSUED

1, 13 & 32 Blesboklaagte 296 JS

New

2018/10/03

2013/01/17

Operational

15

MH Kekana and Sons

MP30/5/1/1/2/14870PR

ISSUED

30-60, 63, 64, 65, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79,80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 92, 112, 123, 134, 235 Nooitgadacht 300 JS, 2, 3, 10, 14-18, 23, 24, 26, 29, 30, 32 Hartbeestpruit 281 JS

New

2019/09/19

2017/08/22

Not operational

05 August 2021 - NW1731

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1) With reference to the mining permit granted for the farm Boschmanspoort adjacent to the Optimum coal mine, (a) on what dates was the mining operation inspected by officials of his department and (b) what were the findings of such inspections; (2) (a) what consultation was done with the landowner before the permit was issued and (b) for what reason (i) was a certain company (name furnished) allowed to mine without a permit as was subsequently found by the court and (ii) was information relating to the specified permit not shared with the landowner after the commencement of mining; (3) whether his department has been informed that critical parts of the application for the permit were allegedly cut and pasted from other applications; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) what are the reasons that (a) it took his department one year to acknowledge the request to be furnished with the permit by Ms A M M Weber in February 2020 and (b) the information has still not been provided; (5) what (a) internal investigations is his department conducting into the issuing of this permit and the subsequent court case and (b) actions have been taken as a result? NW1942E

Reply:

1. a) On the 25th of October 2019.

b) Inspection findings;

  • No mining activities were taking place onsite at the day of inspection.
  • The access gate was locked with security guard onsite.
  • Mine infrastructure onsite, include office, access and haul road, opencast pit, overburden stockpile, opened trenches with berms, coal stockpile.

2. a) There is no mining permit issued on the area that was inspected and as such no consultation took place.

b) (i) The court order found Lunathi to be mining; no authorization neither a permit/mining right or prospecting right was issued to Lunathi to mine the area.

(ii) No information could have been shared with the land owner as Lunathi was never authorized to mine the area.

3. The office of the Regional Manager has not received any concern or objection alleging that certain part of the applications constituted of cut and paste material.

4( a) The Department was still investigating the validity of mining permit.

(b) Ms A M M Weber was provided with the copy of the approved Environmental management plan (EMP) of Hlelo.

5(a) There is no mining permit on portion 24 of Boschmanspoort and as such no internal investigations are being conducted. This is being treated as an illegal activity and law enforcement will assist in dealing with the matter.

05 August 2021 - NW1734

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Msimang, Prof CT to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Whether, with regard to the regulation of generation of electricity by private parties, which is currently capped at 10MW, the Government will increase the limit to allow for more capacity to avert electricity challenges facing the Republic; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details? NW1945E

Reply:

Yes.

Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act will be amended to increase the NERSA licensing threshold for embedded generation projects from 1 MW to 100 MW.

05 August 2021 - NW1651

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

1) What total amount was set aside by West Coast Resources at Koingnaas for rehabilitation; 2) Whether the specified amount was paid over to his department; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; 3) In light of West Coast Resources, under Lower Orange River, being in business rescue, (a) what is the name of the (i) person and/or (ii) institution who will be performing the rehabilitation and (b) on what date? NW1858E

Reply:

(1) An amount of R1,253,386,427.00

(2) Yes, the mentioned amount is held by the Department.

(3) (a) (i) West coast Resources is still the holder.

(ii) West Coast Resources.

(b) The date cannot be confirmed as the business rescue process is still underway.

11 June 2021 - NW1623

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Given that mining and prospecting rights can be obtained with a shelf company that could incur major financial liabilities, what are the reasons that applications for mining rights do not require Financial Intelligence Centre Act, Act 38 of 2001, information from applicants, including banking details, tax numbers and proof of residence? NW1829E

Reply:

Section 16 for prospecting right and 22 for mining right read with Regulation 5 and 10 of the MPRDA outlines granting criteria for such rights.

11 June 2021 - NW1676

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What are the (a) full relevant details of the various agreements signed by him and his predecessors over the past 10 financial years on behalf of the Government with the Republic of Cuba, (b) reasons and (c) total amounts paid to any Cuban entity in the past 10 financial years by (i) his department and (ii) any entity reporting to him?

Reply:

a) The DMRE has no Inter-Governmental Agreements with Cuba.

b) N/A

c) (i) N/A, (ii) N/A

11 June 2021 - NW1622

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Lorimer, Mr JR to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

1) What is the position regarding the mining licence of the Shiva Uranium and Gold mine; 2) Whether buyers for the mine are still being sought; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; 3) Whether there have been any offers to buy the mine; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what are the reasons the offers were refused, (b) are there any prospects for a sale this year and (c) on what date will his department withdraw the mining right if no buyer is secured; 4) Whether his department communicates with the previous employees of the mine; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) how and (b) on what date; 5) What (a) is the position regarding the mine’s rehabilitation guarantee, (b) will the estimated cost of rehabilitation be and (c) amount of it will be funded by the rehabilitation guarantee?

Reply:

(1) Shiva Uranium has been issued with three mining rights, and they are all valid

(2) This matter is still before the Business Rescue Practitioner (BRP) and is yet to be finalised. The Department does not get to be involved in the process of appointing the potential buyers, it is only once purchase has been concluded wherein an application to transfer ownership would be made in accordance with the provision of section 11 of the MPRDA. At this stage, such application has not been brought for our attention as the BRP’s process is not yet concluded.

(3) (a) Please see (2) above

(b) Please see (2) above

(c) The date cannot be confirmed as the rescue process is still underway

(4) (a) The Department is of the view that the issue of communicating with previous employees of the mine remains to be the responsibility of the BRP as they are assuming the responsibility of the right holder (b) 31 May 2021

(5)(a) There is financial provision to the value of R61 424 275.00 that has been deposited into Rehabilitation Trust (Cash Deposit) held by the Department.

(b) The environmental liability that was determined by the independent environmental assessor (before the mine went through the BRP’s process) was estimated at R101 018 658. 57, the mine was further directed to address the shortfall of R39 594 383.57, which is still pending.

(c) The shortfall of financial provision has be discussed with the Business Rescue Practitioner in the sense that the potential buyer will be required to demonstrate that they have financial capacity to address the required financial provision before section 11 application is finalised.