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27 November 2020 - NW2237

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

1) Whether, with reference to his reply to question 1709 on 27 August 2020, he will furnish Mr G R Krumbock with copies of the Standards of Service (NRS 047) and Quality (NRS 048); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, on what date; 2) on what date did the City of Ekurhuleni last submit their maintenance schedules; and 3) whether he will furnishMr G R Krumbock with a copy of the maintenance schedules of the City of Ekurhuleni; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, on what date? NW2809E

Reply:

1. Yes, the NRS 047 and the relevant NRS 048 specifications are attached.

2. In terms of the license condition 5.4.1 the Energy Regulator is entitled to collect information such as the maintenance plans of the licensee, the process of collecting and examining such information is always undertaken during the annual compliance audits that the Regulator conducts on selected licensees each year. The City of Ekurhulenihad not been audited before, and had therefore not submitted its maintenance plants. It is however on the list of the licensees to be audited during this financial year.

3. According to license condition 5.3.2, the licensee is required to always prepare the maintenance plans annually and adhere to this, however it is not the requirement for the licensee to submit the report to the regulator annually. The maintenance plans are scrutinised when the licensee is selected for a compliance audit.

27 November 2020 - NW2523

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Mthenjane, Mr DF to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Given that the recent murder of an environmental activist (Fikile Ntshangase) is indicative of deep tensions between communities and mining companies who want to take over their land, what programmes has his department initiated to ensure that mining companies respect communities and their rights to land which may be of interest to mining companies?

Reply:

Before a mining right is granted, a thorough consultation with interested and affected parties including other government department is conducted. In a situation where there are communities, and are to be relocated, a consultation process/Public participation should be undertaken by the mine or by an applicant for a mining right.

An all-inclusive method(s) should be utilised to ensure that community groups can take part in the consultation process in a fair and transparent manner.

 

27 November 2020 - NW2569

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1) With reference to borrow pits being required to meet certain statutory requirements, (a) what pre-planning and licensing requirements exist where borrow pits are being mined on land belonging to a traditional authority, (b) how does this differ from borrow pits on state-owned land, (c) who is responsible for monitoring compliance of borrow pits, (d) what measures are taken against the company responsible for the borrow pit where there is material non-compliance and (e) what measures should be taken against the company by the family of the injured and/or deceased where there is injury and/or loss of life as a result of a borrow pit that does not comply;

Reply:

a) The requirements as it relates to borrow pits are not informed by the nature of ownership of the land over which they are to be undertaken, but the distinction revolves around the entity that intends to undertake such borrow pit activities. The distinction is in the following manner.;If a natural person or an entity that intends to undertake the borrow pit activities does not form part of those that are not exempted in terms of Section 106 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (Act 28 of 2002), they will be required to lodge an application for either a mining permit(Where the area does not exceed 5 hectares and the period of activities may not be longer than the period for which a mining permit can be valid for) or a Mining right (Where the area exceeds 5 hectares and the activities may take longer than the period provided for mining permit). It is important to highlight that the applications for either mining permit or mining right are to be lodged simultaneously with the application for Environmental Authorization in terms of the National Environmental Management Act (Act 107 of 1998).

In case of entities, that are exempted from applying for either a mining permit or a mining right in terms of Section 106 of the MPRDA, they were previously only required to submit the application for an environmental authorization, however following the delisting of this activity from the listing notices, they are currently under no obligation to submit such unless if any of the activities to be undertaking over and above the mining of material may fall under the listing notices.

b) As indicated above, the requirements are not informed by the nature of land ownership. Whether it’s Private or State-owned land, the requirements as outlined above would apply.

(c) The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy is the authority responsible for ensuring compliance by the entities/persons that are undertaking borrow pits activities. It is however imperative to highlight that following the delisting of activities exempted in terms of Section 106 of the MPRDA IN 2017, the activities that are currently undertaken by the exempted State Owned Entities are excluded from this compliance monitoring, although the DMRE and the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries have now embarked on a process of effecting the amendments to overcome this gap. The draft documents are already in place and DEFF is in the process of finalizing the same to enable the DMRE to resume this responsibility of regulating the entities that are exempted from applying for either mining permits or mining rights.

d) The measures to ensure compliance are invoked as necessitated by the nature of non-compliance and differs from one case to the other. This may amongst others include, a Compliance Notice being issued in terms of Section 31L of NEMA with the instructions for corrective measures/steps to be effected. Failure to adhere to these administrative measures in terms of NEMA may also lead to Criminal measures being invoked.

In a case where the said borrow pit would have necessitated that the mining permit or mining right be issued (those that are not exempted in terms of Section 106 of the MPRDA), the said activity may also be suspended in terms of MPRDA. In severe cases of non-compliance, such a mining permit or mining right may be cancelled in terms of Section 47 of the MPRDA, after all the due administrative processes have been followed.

e) Firstly, if the nature of non-compliance warrants that the DMRE should take the appropriate steps as provided for in the legislation, such a family may bring the aspect to the Department’s attention, so that the measures as outlined above can be considered.

(2) With regard to the six children who have reportedly died in three borrow pits in the Moretele Local Municipality, North West, in the past few years, what (a) measures is his department taking to ensure that there is stricter compliance and enforcement and (b) support will his department provide to the families of the deceased children if the deaths were found to have been preventable and due to negligence and/or non-compliance?

Reply

  1. The Department will conduct an investigation to establish the facts before responding comprehensively.

(b) It is imperative to be familiar with the actual circumstances in order to offer appropriate assistance.

 

27 November 2020 - NW2707

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

What are thereasons that the (a) (i) City of Ekurhuleni is still operating on a temporary electricity license 20 years after it was established and (ii) National Energy Regulator of South Africa has failed to provide the specified city with a permanent license; and (b) legal implications for the city of operating with a temporary licence for 20 years? NW3475E

Reply:

a)  (i) The temporary electricity distribution licence granted to City of Ekurhuleni is still valid as it has two extension letters of which the second extension letter, dated 8 May 2007, extents the licence until 36 months after the promulgation of the Licensing Regulation made under the Electricity Regulation Act, 2006 (Act. No 4 of 2006). Until the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy promulgates the Licensing Regulations, the temporary licences remain valid.

(ii)Refer to (i) above.

b) There are no legal implications for the City of Ekurhuleni operating with a temporary licence, as it was issued and extended by NERSA in line with section 4 (a) of the Electricity Regulation Act, 2006 (Act. No 4 of 2006).

27 November 2020 - NW2708

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

1) (a)What number of audits has the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) conducted of the City of Ekurhuleni since its establishment, (b) on what date was each audit report submitted to the specified city, (c) what were the recommendations contained in each audit report and (d) what number of new electricity connections have taken place within the city since the last audit was conducted by NERSA; 2) Whether NERSA has ensured that its recommendations have been implemented by the city; if not, why not; if so, which recommendations have been implemented? NW3476E

Reply:

1.

a) An independent technical audit of Ekurhuleni was done in January 2006. Another audit was done in 2020 but the focus was on the business assessment.

b) The report on the independent technical audit was submitted in the same year in May 2006. Due to COVID induced travel restrictions that was in place when the business assessment was done, the site inspection on the audit conducted in 2020 will be done in early 2021.The draft report of the business assessment will be sent to the Licensee by the end of November 2020.

c) It was recommended that:

  1. There must be investment in the maintenance and the refurbishment of the networks and on skilled staff.
  2. The Department must operate as an integrated entity.
  3. The maintenance and refurbishment plans must also be integrated.

d) According to our knowledge, there were 45 intake points in 2005/6 and there are now 55 intake points.

Increased Infrastructure

The Department of Energy has since 2006 increased its infrastructure in the various Depots in Ekurhuleni as follows:-

Electrification of Subsidized Households

High Mast Lights

Street Lights

Substations

92 161

977

15 458

Upgrading/Construction of 13 Substations

The 92 161 additional connections excludes town planning development connections for non-subsidized households, which also forms part of the electricity grid and infrastructure to be maintained by the Department.

2. NERSA requests all audited licensees to develop Corrective Action Plans so that this can be monitored. The same will happen with Ekurhuleni Metro when the site inspection has been done and a final report has been shared with the Licensee. One of the objectives of the NERSA audits is to encourage licensees to do self-monitoring so that the networks do not deteriorate.

27 November 2020 - NW2723

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

(1) Whether the Astron Energy refinery in Milnerton intends to return to operational service in the near future; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, by what date is the refinery envisaged to return to full production capacity; (2) whether (a) a safety and (b) environmental inspection and/or audit will be conducted prior to the facility returning to operational status; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. The Department does not have specific date at which the refinery is scheduled to start operating, what was shared with the Department from Astron Energy is that the assessments of the incident arestill ongoing and there is no firm date of when the refinery would come back to be operational.
  2. Safety and environmental inspectionsand/or audit do not fall within the ambit of the Department of Mineral, Resources and Energy.

27 November 2020 - NW2740

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

(1) Whether any environmental audit and/or inspection has been conducted by his department and/or any other relevant government entity at the Astron refinery in Milnerton in the past nine months before and/or after the explosion on 2 July 2020 that caused the loss of two lives; if not, why not; if so, what (a) were the findings of the audit and/or inspection in each case and (b) actions have been taken based on the findings of the audit and/or inspection; (2) whether the refinery is still compliant with its licensing conditions; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The Department of Mineral, Resources and Energy does not conduct any environmental audits, as these fall under different departments.

2. The refinery is not operational at the moment, however in terms of the Petroleum Products Act, the refinery was compliant prior to the incident.

27 November 2020 - NW2820

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

(1) For each storage facility owned, leased and/or operated by the Strategic Fuel Fund, (a) on what date was the last (i) maintenance and (ii) refurbishment undertaken on the storage tanks and (b) what was the cost of such maintenance and/or refurbishment in each case; (2) (a) on what date was each specified facility last audited for environmental compliance and (b) what were the findings of the last environmental audit in each case; (3) whether there are any indications of seepage into the ground and/or the groundwater table; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details of the seepage?

Reply:

1. Saldanha Terminal

(1)     For each storage facility owned, leased and/or operated by the Strategic Fuel Fund, (a) on what date was the last (i) maintenance and (ii) refurbishment undertaken on the storage tanks and (b) what was the cost of such maintenance and/or refurbishment in each case;

  • Saldanha Terminal is made of Concrete Underground Closed tanks which do not require maintenance or refurbishments on the Saldanha tanks. There are however scheduled inspections to test the tanks structure and roof supports. In all inspections done to date there were NO abnormalities that were detected. This include the tank settlement test that was done in 2016, where no discernible changes since commissioning were observed.

(2) (a) on what date was each specified facility last audited for environmental compliance and (b) what were the findings of the last environmental audit in each case;

(a) The last full recertification Audit was conducted by SABS on ISO14001 2015 on the 10TH to the 13TH March 2020

(b) One “minor” finding was issued and cleared by SFF Saldanha and we have thus been recertified under the new ISO 140001 2015 StandardCertificate}.

(3)   whether there are any indications of seepage into the ground and/or the groundwater table; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are

the relevant details of the seepage?

A “Ground water sampling” exercise is done bi-annually and the last one was done in May 2019 and there is no seepage detected to date.

​​2. ​Milnerton Terminal

1. For each storage facility owned, leased and/or operated by the Strategic Fuel Fund;

a) on what date was the last Maintenance:

(i) Maintenance of the SFF Milnerton tank farm is an on-going exercise based on a schedule created as per the operating and manufacturers specification of a particular equipment. These schedules are distributed from the Maintenance planner’s office to the relevant staff (electrical or mechanical). Another form of maintenance is “adhoc” as and when a breakdown occurs it is attended to.

(ii) 1999 - 2002

  • During this period 11 tanks were refurbished.

​b) For each storage facility owned, leased and/or operated by the Strategic Fuel Fund, what was the cost of such maintenance and/or refurbishment in each case:

  • SFF paid market related costs as obtained following its approved tender process.

2. On what date was each specified facility last audited for environmental compliance:

a) An “Environmental Legal Compliance Audit” is conducted bi-annually and the last audit was done in June 2019.

b) The results of these audit was 2 minor findings that were closed-off and terminal received certification.

3. Whether there are any indications of seepage into the ground and/or the groundwater table; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details of the seepage?

  • A “Ground water sampling” exercise is done bi-annually and the last one was done in December 2019 and there is no seepage detected to date,

 

13 November 2020 - NW2503

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

(1)Whether, with reference to the report of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research which indicates that the Republic faces load shedding for at least the next 18 months unless the Government and Eskom make the decision this year to bring the cheapest and most reliable energy on to the grid within the next three years, and Government’s approval that consumers may generate their own renewable energy, he will consider the possibility of allowing access by default to the national power grid so as to allow private instances who generate renewable energy, to be in a position to load surplus energy onto the national power grid, subject to the required safety conditions; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details; (2) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. In line with similar prognosis on supply and demand, the IRP2019 recognises that there is risk of load shedding in the next 18 to 24 months.

It is for this reason that as one of the 9 (nine) decisions in the IRP2019 we committed to the following:

Decision 1:Undertake a power purchase programme to assist with the acquisition of capacity needed to supplement Eskom’s declining plant performance and to reduce the extensive utilisation of diesel peaking generators in the immediate to medium term. Lead-time is therefore key.

Decision 2: Koeberg power plant design life must be extended by another 20 years by undertaking the necessary technical and regulatory work.

Decision 3: Support Eskom to comply with MES over time, taking into account the energy security imperative and the risk of adverse economic impact.

We in addition to these decisions made provision for distributed generation by allowing electrify consumers to generate their own electricity. We have in this regard taken following steps:

    • The department has enabled generation for own use by removing the licensing requirements for certain category of generation facilities under one megawatt (1 MW). 139 requests for registration have been processed by NERSA to date with capacity of 59. This capacity excludes installations under 1MW that register direct with local municipalities.
    • The department has also eased the licensing of generation for own use above 1 MW which is mainly to supplement power supply to commercial and industrial customers including the mines. The IRP 2019 now makes provision for distributed generation for own use above 1MW, which takes away the need for a Ministerial approval for deviation from the IRP before NERSA can process a generation license application. 5 Licences have been issued to date. The Department has invited applicants experiencing challenges to engage DDG responsible for Programmes and Projects.

2. These initiatives have already beenpublicly pronounced.

 

30 October 2020 - NW2485

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Whether he will provide Mrs C Phillips with a list of any companies that (a) he and (b) his immediate family members are shareholders in and/or benefit from financially, that have applied for prospecting and/or mining rights; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister makes annual declarations to Parliament through the Parliamentary Ethics Committee. The Member can, if she is interested, make a request of the Ministers Declaration of Financial Interests from the Committee.

 

30 October 2020 - NW2486

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Whether he will provide Mrs C Phillips with a list of any companies that provide mining companies with goods and/or services that (a) he and (b) his immediate family are shareholders in or benefit from financially; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister makes annual declaration of Financial Interest to Parliament through Parliamentary Ethics Committee. The Member can, if she is interested, make a request to access such declaration from the Committee.

30 October 2020 - NW2178

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1) What total number of households (a)(i) nationally and (ii) provincially have benefited from the Integrated National Electrification Programme (INEP) over the past five financial years and (b) who initially benefited from infrastructure under the mixed development category, no longer qualify for subsidisation of INEP and free basic electricity; (2) what is (a) total number of electricity meters have been installed under the INEP programme in the past financial year and (b) total amount is still outstanding for the installation of the electricity meters?

Reply:

(1)(a)

(i) The total number of households electrified over the past five financial years is 1,266,240.

(ii) Provincial breakdown of number of indigent households electrified in last 5 years:

(b) The Mixed Developer Policy Guideline was introduced in October 2018. Before this date, all applications received by the Department on mixed developer projects were treated as normal Bulk and Households applications. Funding for infrastructure under the mixed development category is provided for on a pro-rata basis based on the percentange consumption of indegent customers within the development. If the percentage power consumption of indegent customers within the development is 70% and above, the bulk infrastructure qualifies for fullfunding through the INEP Grant.

All indigent customers qualify for free basic electricity as per the Free Basic Electricity policy.

(2)

(a) A total of 214 517 households were electrified in the past financial and these households have electricity meters installed.

(b) No outstanding meter installations have been reported by our electrification programme implementing agents (Eskom and Municipalities).

02 October 2020 - NW2100

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What total number of regional offices of his department are still closed under Level 2 of the lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus?

Reply:

(a) No Regional Offices of DMRE are still closed under Level 2.

All sixteen (16) Regional Offices of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy are operating during lock down level 2. However, these offices are operating at the capacity of 30% to curb the spread of Covid-19.

02 October 2020 - NW1822

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Mthenjane, Mr DF to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Whether any person has applied to his department for prospecting rights of diamond mines in Limpopo in the past two years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, who is the applicant?

Reply:

List of application for Prospecting Rightlodged in Limpopo for the past two years

DATE LODGED

COMPANY

MINERAL

16 Feb 2018

KADOSH MINING PTY LTD

COPPER,DIAMOND (GENERAL),DIAMOND,DIAMOND (ALLUVIAL),GEMSTONE EXCEPT DIAMONDS,GOLD,PHOSPHATE,PGM

01 March 2018

DE BEERS CONDOLIDATED MINES PTY LTD

DIAMOND (INKIMBERLITE)

14 Nov 2018

RAZORBILL PROPERTIES 12 (PTY0 LTD

DIAMOND,DIAMOND(GENERAL),DIAMOND (KIMBERLITE)

14 Nov 2018

RAZORBILL PROPERTIES 12 (PTY0 LTD

DIAMOND,DIAMOND(GENERAL), DIAMOND(KIMBERLITE)

27 Nov 2018

BOLDMAN MINING ENTERPRISE (PTY) LTD

COAL,COPPER,DIAMOND,MAGNESITE,URANIUM

15 March 2019

GABBINS HOLDINGS PTY

DIAMOND (GENERAL),DIAMOND,DIAMOND (INKIMBERLITE),DIAMOND ALLUVIAL),GOLD,PGM,SILVER

09 April 2019

KDB MINING PTY LTD

DIAMOND (GENERAL)

15 April 2019

WIZA MINING PTY LTD

Chrome,andalusite,diamondgeneral,iron,manganese,pgm

15 April 2019

BASADZI PELE MANAGEMENT CONSULTING AND PROJECTS

Chrome,andalusite,diamondgeneral,iron,manganese,pgm

27 May 2019

ANGLO EXPLORATION HOLDINGS PTY LTD

CHROME,COPPER,DIAMOND(GENERAL),GOLD,IRON,LIMESTONE,MAGNESITE,MANGANESE,SILVER,TIN,ZINC

03 June 2019

VHARANANI MINING PTY LTD

DIAMOND, GOLD

22 Aug 2019

NKUZI YA MANANGA GROUP PTY LTD

GEMSTONES EXCEPT DIAMONDS, GOLD ORE, TUNGSTEN ORE, ZINC ORE

21 Oct 2019

YUGASET PTY LTD

DIAMOND (ALLUVIAL)

22 Oct 2019

Atok Mining House Pty Ltd Limpopo

COPPER ORE , DOLOMITE, GEMSTONES EXCEPT DIAMONDS, SILICA SAND (GENERAL)

10 Dec 2019

ANOITED MINING (PTY) LTD

CHROME,COPPER,DIAMOND (GENERAL),DIAMOND,DIENSION STONE, GOLD,IRON,MAGNESITE,MANGANESE,METALLURGICAL,NICKEL,PGM,SILICA SAND (GENERAL),SILICA SAND (SILICA) SILICON,SILVER

17 Dec 2019

BARWA BA PHALADI MINING AND PROJECTS CC

DIAMOND,DIAMOND (ALLUVIAL),DIAMOND(KIMBERLITE),GRAPHITE,MAGNESITE

17 Dec 2019

ON REEF INVESTMENTS (PTY) LTD

DIAMOND,DIAMOND (ALLUVIAL),DIAMOND(KIMBERLITE),GRAPHITE,MAGNESITE

25 Feb 2020

BOO WANDO HOLDINGS

AGGREGATE,CHRONME,COBALT,COPPER,DIAMON (GENERAL),DIAMOND,DIAMOND (KIMBERLITE),GOLD,GRAVEL,IRON,NICKEL,PGM,RARE EARTHS,SILVER,SULPHUR(IN PYRITE)

27 Feb 2020

SAMIN GROUP (PTY) LTD

BRYTES,CHROME,COAL,COBALT,COPPER,DIAMOND (GENERAL),DIAMOND,DIAMOND (ALLUVIAL),DIAMOND (KIMBERLITE,GOLD,GRAPHITE,IRON,NICKEL

27 Feb2020

SAMIN GROUP (PTY) LTD

BRYTES,CHROME,COAL,COBALT,COPPER,DIAMOND (GENERAL),DIAMOND,DIAMOND (ALLUVIAL),DIAMOND (KIMBERLITE,GOLD,GRAPHITE,IRON,NICKEL

04 Mar 2020

MIHLOTI MINING (PTY) LTD

DIAMOND, DIAMOND (ALLUVIAL), DIAMOND (IN KIMBERLITE)

27 Mar 2020

TSHIKUNDA MINING (PTY) LTD

NICKEL,LEAD,IRON,GRAPHITE,GOLD,GARNET(GEMSTONE),GARNET(ABBASIVE),DIAMOND (KIMBERLIET), DIAMOND (ALLUVIAL), DIAMOND, DIAMOND (GENERAL),COPPER,CORUNDUM, COBALT,BRYTES

24 April 2020   

MAFURI MINING CONSTRUCTION (MPUMALANGA) PTY LTD

COPPER, GEMSTONES EXCEPT DIAMONDS, GOLD, Phosphate, URANIUM,
VERMICULITE

09 July 2020

MBOKOTO MIINING GROUP (PTY) LTD:

BRYTES, COBALT, COPPER ORE, CORUNDUM, DIAMOND (ALLUVIAL), DIAMOND (IN KIMBERLITE), GARNET (ABRASIVE) ,GARNET (GEMSTONE) ,GOLD ORE ,IRON ORE, LEAD, NICKEL ORE

10 July 2020

MAKANYAGO GENERAL BUSSINESS ENETERPRISE

DIAMON (GENERAL)
DIAMOND
DIAMOND (ALLUVIAL)
DIAMOND (IN KIMBERLITE)

17 July 2020

MAMPURU RED GRANITE INVESTMENTS

COBALT, COPPER ORE, DIAMON (GENERAL), DIAMOND, DIAMOND (IN KIMBERLITE), GOLD ORE, IRON ORE, MANGANESE ORE, NICKEL ORE QUARTZ (GEMSTONE), SILCRETE (SILICA), SILICA SAND (GENERAL) URANIUM ORE, VANADIUM ORE, VERMICULITE, ZINC ORE

29 July 2020

MARALE COMPANY PTY LTD

AGGREGATE, COAL, DIAMOND, PSEUDOCOAL, TORBANITE/OIL SHALE

 

02 October 2020 - NW1501

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1) What is the exact location and/or GPS co-ordinates of the national monument and memorial commissioned by the Mine Health and Safety Council in 2017; (2) Whether he will furnish Mrs C Phillips with the (a) confirmation of the total allocated budget of R4 800 000,00 including value-added tax and (b) total amount paid to a certain service provider (name furnished); if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the further relevant details in each case?NW1872E

Reply:

1. Answer:The GPS co-ordinates, MHSC has experienced various delays in the finalisation of the projects especially on the approval of site location after the City of Joburg change in position on their original approval of site location for the projects. The details will be provided at the later stage the location of new MHSC offices is confirmed.

2. Answer: (a) Initial total project amount is confirmed to be R4 800 000,00 inclusive of value added Tax.

(b) Total amount paid to the service provider is R4 457 741.14 on original project plan. This excludes the additional costs incurred for additional technical R 191 291.32 for more technical work and storage costs.R 104 291.32 was spent onNew Site Additional Costs (Drawings, Design & Artworks) for Johannesburg Land Company application requirements R 87 000.32 Storage Costs as Result of Delays in Installation of the Monument. Therefore the total amount paid to date on the project is R 4 649 032,46.

02 October 2020 - NW1403

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1)What number of (a) prospecting rights were issued since 1 April 2020 by each regional mineral resources and energy office and (b) the specified rights were issued within the stipulated time frame; (2) of the prospecting rights that were not issued within the stipulated time frame, how long did it take for each such right to be issued; (3) what number of (a) mining rights were issued since 1 April 2020 by each regional mineral resources and energy office and (b) the specified rights were issued within the stipulated time frame; (4) of the mining rights that were not issued within the stipulated time frame, how long did it take for each such right to be issued?

Reply:

(1) Two prospecting rights were issued

(b) There is no specified timeframe with regard to issuing of rights.

(2) Please see (1)(b) above

(3) No mining rights were issued since 01 April 2020

(4) Please see (3) above

DDG: MR

Date:

Recommended / Not Recommended

Advocate TS Mokoena

Director General: Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

………………/………………/2020

Approved/Not Approved

Mr SG Mantashe

Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2020

27 August 2020 - NW1747

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1) Whether his department currently provides free basic electricity under programmes other than the Free Basic Electricity programme; if not, why not; if so, (a) to whom and (b) what are the relevant details; (2) whether the installation and maintenance of electricity prepaid meters would be (a) subsidised or (b) free under certain parameters; if not, why not; if so, (i) under what parameters and (ii) what are the relevant details; (3) whether his department prescribes electricity tariffs and rates to municipalities in order to ensure that the most vulnerable and indigent communities receive free basic electricity; if not, why not; if so, (a) in what manner and (b) what are the relevant details?

Reply:

 

1. The Department have developed a Free Basic Electricity (FBE) Policy which aims to protect the indigents by provision of lifeline tariff to indigent households as part of government initiative of poverty alleviation. The amount of free basic electricity provided is deemed sufficient to provide basic lighting, basic media access, cooking and basic water heating. The following measures are also available to protect the poor:

  • The Department isfacilitating access to electricity through government subsidised Integrated National Electrification Program (INEP) that is improving the quality of life of all citizens through electricity infrastructure and provision of FBE to indigents;
  • Free connections provided to Eskom’s low consumption residential customers;
  • Lower price increases applied to low consumption domestic customers; and
  • Inclining block tariffs (IBT) prescribed in the Electricity Pricing Policy and being implemented by municipalities.

2. Installation and maintenance of electricity prepaid meters is provided by the utility or distribution licence holder.

3. The Free Basic Electricity Policy provide for targeting of indigents or targeted customers by giving them limited free basic electricity. Municipalities develop indigent register or use targeting criteria as prescribed by the Free Basic Electricity. The proposed level of service is for a grid based system for qualifying domestic customers.Terms of use and distribution are different in every Municipality;however, municipalities restrict FBE to a minimum of 50kwh per household per month as prescribed by the policy homes while other Municipalities uses 20 Amps meters as the qualification criteria for Free Basic Electricity.

27 August 2020 - NW1823

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

What amount (a) do the residents of the City of Tshwane pay for a kilowatt unit of prepaid electricity and (b)is the metering company paid for each unit sold?NW2218E

Reply:

a)  After consultation with Nersa the following information, relating to the prepaid charge on prepaid electricity was provided:

1.1 Domestic Tariffs

    1. Domestic Standard Supply Single & Three Phase: Conventional & Prepaid

Tariff blocks

c/kWh

Block 1 (0-100 kWh)

170.28

Block 2 (101 – 400 kWh)

199.28

Block 3 (401 – 650 kWh)

217.11

Block 4 (>650kWh)

234.06

 

1.2 Domestic Indigent: Conventional & Prepaid

Tariff blocks

c/kWh

Block 1 (0-100 kWh)

169.89

Block 2 (101 – 400 kWh)

195.43

Block 3 (401 – 650 kWh)

214.42

Block 4 (>650kWh)

228.79

 

1.3 Lifeline: Prepaid

Tariff blocks

c/kWh

Block 1 (0-100 kWh)

169.89

Block 2 (101 – 400 kWh)

195.43

Block 3 (401 – 650 kWh)

214.42

Block 4 (>650kWh)

228.79

1.4 Domestic Three Phase Demand Supply: Convention & Prepaid

Domestic Three Phase Demand Supply

  • Basic charge: R644.89/month
  • Energy charge:130.76c/kWh
  • Demand charge: R120.29/kVA

2. Agriculture and Farm Land: Conventional & Prepaid

2.1 Agriculture Tariffs Conventional

  • Energy charge: 211.21c/kWh

3. Non - Domestic Single - Phase: Prepaid

3.1 Single Phase: Prepaid (≤ 60A)

  • Basic charge: R1 047.12/month
  • Energy charge:181.19c/kWh

3.2 Single Phase: Prepaid (≥ 60A)

  • Basic charge: R1 309.18/month
  • Energy charge: 181.19c/kWh

b) The metro has indicated that it does not pay metering companies for the sale of electricity. However, resellers buy electricity in bulk and resell to their customers.

27 August 2020 - NW1820

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Mthenjane, Mr DF to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1) Whether the generation capacity under Eskom will be sold and electricity generation will be opened to the private sector; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (2) whether a new company will be created and/or it will happen under Eskom; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what will be the role of Eskom? NW2215E

Reply:

 

1. Government does not have intentions or policy to sell Eskom, however, several interventions to date have been undertaken to restore Eskom Balance Sheet, recovery losses and deal with inefficiencies. Establishing a new company will require a review of the current existing legislation, the government and Eskom have focused on seeing through the turnaround strategy of Eskom to see its full implementation. Also, plans are ongoing on the two new build power stations to be fast tracked for the completion and commission. The Government has also allowed for small scale embedded generators to be installed, allowed for procurement of new generation capability under the IPP program. The current Eskom financial burden and the Covid 19 pandemic might delay the recovery. Municipalities will also be allowed to do their own procurement. This is to help with electricity interruptions as the government commitment in ensuring electric supply. The approved IRP acknowledges the need for new additional capability which will be needed and which type of technology.

2. Eskom as a generator can participate in new generation bidwindows to address some of their inefficiencies. In terms of capacity needed going forward,Government has opened the door for Private participants, that include Eskom and private sector is part of the program. Government will continue to look at existing legislation in order to enable Eskom and other stakeholder’s advances in a manner that benefits Eskom, customers and investors.

 

27 August 2020 - NW1709

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

(1) What are the licence conditions between the National Energy Regulator of South Africa Authority (Nersa) and the City of Ekurhuleni (CoE)? (2) whether he will furnish Mr M Waters with a copy of the licence agreement and conditions between NERSA and CoE; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, on what date? NW2099E

Reply:

 

1. See Conditions of Licence: Section 5 (5.1 – 5.4) as reproduced below.

2. Distribution Licence attached as Annexure “A”.

CONDITIONS OF LICENCE

The licensee shall be bound by the following conditions to this licence:

5.1. LEGAL CONDITIONS

5.1.1 The licensee shall supply electricity within the area of supply mentioned in schedule I below to every applicant who is in a position to make satisfactory arrangements for payment thereof.

5.1.2 The licensee shall not reduce or discontinue the supply of electricity to a consumer unless -

(i) the consumer is insolvent; or

(ii) the consumer has failed to pay the agreed charges or to comply with the conditions of supply and has failed to remedy the default within 14 days after receiving from the licensee a written notice by post calling upon him to do so.

5.1.3 Where the licensee is undertaking an electrification programme which has been approved based on a one year fixed and three year rolling programme in terms of the Integrated National Electrification Programme, the licensee's programme shall set out the approximate dates on which potential consumers will receive their electricity supply, the licensee shall supply electricity to such potential consumers in accordance with the approved electrification plan.

5.1.4 The National Electricity Regulator shall be entitled to settle disputes between the licensee and another supplier, or between the licensee and its consumers or prospective consumers regarding -

i. the right to supply;

ii. the quality of such supply and the provision of services in connection therewith;

iii. the condition on and prices at which electricity is supplied;

iv. the installation and functioning of meters;

v. the suitability of the equipment of the licensee;

vi. delays in or refusal to supply by the licensee;

vii. any other matter in respect of which the licensee or its consumers requests the National Electricity Regulator to act as mediator.

5.1.5 Any decision of the regulator on a dispute as contemplated in 5.1.4 above is binding on the parties to the dispute.

5.1.6. This licence is not transferable without the approval of the National Electricity

Regulator.

5.2. FINANCIAL CONDITIONS

5.2.1 The licensee shall maintain separate electricity distribution business affairs from the licensee's other affairs so that the revenues; cost; assets; liabilities; reserves and provisions for the electricity business are separately identifiable in the books of the licensee from those of any other business.

5.2.2 The licensee shall prepare on a consistent basis from such accounting records in respect of the financial year of the licensee, and each subsequent financial year, accounting statements comprising -

i. an income statement;

ii. a balance sheet.

together with notes thereto, and in appropriate detail the amounts of any revenue, cost, asset, liability, reserve or provision which has been charged from or to any other business together with a description thereof.

5.2.3. The licensee shall annually submit audited copies of such accounting statements to the National Electricity Regulator within 180 days of the end of the licensee’s financial year. This shall include an asset register, purchase value and current value.

5.2.4. The National Electricity Regulator shall determine the prices at which the licensee shall supply electricity to its consumers.

5.2.5. The licensee is not permitted to charge any consumers with other tariffs than those specified in the schedule of approved tariffs set out in schedule 2 hereto, as revised from time to time, without the approval of the National Electricity Regulator.

5.2.6. The licensee shall pay the bulk supplier from whom it purchases its electricity.

5.2.7. Ensure that monies allocated for statutory National Electricity Regulator purposes in the licensees’ budget are utilised for such purposes.

5.2.8. Ensure that electricity tariffs increases are promulgated through appropriate media.

5.3 TECHNICAL CONDITIONS

5.3.1 The licensee shall supply electricity to its consumers in compliance with quality standards/criteria as the National Electricity Regulator may from time to time prescribe. Currently such applicable standards are, NRS 048 and NRS 047.

5.3.2 Prepare and adhere to plans, which protect customers and ensure the effectiveness of the industry such as:

i. Maintenance Schedules;

ii. Standards of Service (NRS 047) and Quality (NRS 048);

iii. enquiries and complaints management;

iv. licence compliance management;

v. consumer/public and staff safety/education; and

vi. system losses reduction.

5.3.3 Explore demand management strategies before augmentingor expanding a distribution system.

5.3.4 Ensure that metering, billing and revenue collection are effective, efficient and accurate.

5.4 GENERAL CONDITIONS

5.4.1 The National Electricity Regulator shall be entitled to collect such information from the licensee or its consumers as it deems necessary.

5.4.2. The licensee shall supply the NER on a quarterly basis with new electrification connections completed during the previous three months, starting in April of each year.

5.4.3. The National Electricity Regulator, or any person authorised by it in writing, may enter upon premises of the licensee and inspect any plant, machinery, books, accounts and other documents found there.

5.4.4. The National Electricity Regulator may call upon the licensee to furnish to it such periodical or other returns in such form as the National Electricity Regulator may from time to time prescribe, and such particulars in respect of the undertaking as the National Electricity Regulator may from time to time demand.

END

02 July 2020 - NW1115

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

(a) Who are the directors of Ghunu Diamonds at the Brazil mine in Namaqualand, (b) which licence rights (i) have they applied for and (ii) have been afforded to them, (c) for how long will the licence be valid and (d) what total amount has the company put aside for rehabilitation?

Reply:

a) The members in Ghunu Diamonds CC are Martins Bernardo Paolo Sergio who is a 50% member’s interest holder and Cloete Ghusain who is also a 50% member’s interest holder. All members are South African residence.

b) The corporation holds a prospecting rights with bulk sampling to prospect for diamonds.

c) The right was issued on the 10th September 2015 under reference number NC 30/5/1/1/2/10090 PR to prospect for Diamond (Alluvial) in respect of a Portion of the farm Brazil No 329, in extent of 4043.9282 hectares, situated within the administrative district of Namaqualand. The right was issued for a period of two years ending on the 9th September 2019. The corporation applied for a renewal under reference number NC 30/5/1/1/2/12024, which is now granted pending execution.

d) The rehab amount requested is R210 000.00 and is deemed adequate.

 

DDG: MR

Date:

Recommended / Not Recommended

Advocate TS Mokoena

Director General: Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

………………/………………/2020

Approved/Not Approved

Mr SG Mantashe

Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2020

02 July 2020 - NW999

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Nxumalo, Mr MN to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1)Given the reports of positive cases of Covid-19 at some mines, what steps does his department intend to take to better manage the situation at mines; (2) what is his current position on the Covid-19 testing of miners, in light of guidelines that his department published last week that did not involve physical testing, but only the screening of patients which involves only questioning the patients about their movement and coming into contact with the virus and ignoring asymptomatic patients?

Reply:

1.  The Department has promulgated a Guideline for the Compilation of a Mandatory Code of Practice for the Mitigation and Management of Covid-19 Outbreak. For instance, the Guideline requires the employers to ensure that employees returning from areas which are regarded as hotspots of COVID-19 are quarantined for 14 days before they return to work. Also, there must be vigorous screening and testing at the mines as well as to ensure that hygiene practices and the provision of adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) are maintained.

Further, the Department conducts inspections to ensure that effective measures are implemented on the mitigation and management of COVID-19 and issue instructions where necessary to ensure compliance with the legal provisions.

2. The Guideline issued by the Department does not require for only screening to be done but for employees to also be tested. In fact, most of the cases reported by the sector were asymptomatic and were as a result of the DMRE requirement for testing to be done.

The mines are also required through the Guideline to work in collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH) when conducting contact tracing.

 

Chief Inspector Mines

Date:

Recommended / Not Recommended

Advocate T S Mokoena

Director General: Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

………………/………………/2020

Approved/Not Approved

Mr SG Mantashe, MP

Minister of Mineral Resource and Energy

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2020

02 July 2020 - NW1188

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

(a) How will the Government assist to create opportunities for illegal miners in Namaqualand to mine legally and (b) what proposals are being put in place in this regard?

Reply:

(a) The Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 (Act 28 of 2002) as amended, allows any person (legal/natural) to apply for either mining rights, prospecting rights or mining permits. The department has a Small Scale Mining Section which is responsible to assisting those who are struggling financially to apply for permits or rights. Applications can be accepted and processed only where there is no existing applications or rights issued for the same mineral and land. Illegal activities that are taking place in Namaqualand are in respect of areas that are part of rights already issued to other entities. It is unfortunate that others resort to conducting illegal mining instead of approaching the Department for assistance.

(b) There was a process initiated by the department to engage the legal right holders before national lockdown to work on a plan to accommodate the illegal miners in the area. The department also advised the illegal miners to form Cooperatives so that they can be collectively assisted (where possible), and only on areas where no entity holds a right or permit. NW1493E

DDG: MR

Date:

Recommended / Not Recommended

Advocate TS Mokoena

Director General: Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

………………/………………/2020

Approved/Not Approved

Mr SG Mantashe

Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2020

02 July 2020 - NW1239

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Boshoff, Dr WJ to ask the Minister of Mineral Reurces and Energy.Mr

1 What are the current fuel reserves at all the Republic’s fuel refineries and depot5; 2 whether domestic shortages are foreseen; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, 3 whether fuel is currently being exported to neighbouring countries; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details? NW1605E

Reply:

  1. The feel reserves at each of the refineries and depots are a function of the market share of each of the oil companies as well as company policy.
  2. No domestic shortages are foreseen, Currently all the refineries are operational with the exception of the Milnerton Refinery which is on a planned maintenance shutdown. It is expected to be back online by the first week of July 2020.
  3. Yes. Oil Companies have individual contracts with neighbouring countries such as Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland and Botswana, and they supply them accordingly

02 July 2020 - NW928

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

Whether his department awarded any tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, fat (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded and (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business;

Reply:

  1. The department did not award tenders for Covid-19

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

  1. The is no procurement facilitated through deviations for Covid-19

Not applicable

Not applicable

  1. There were no tenders awarded

08 June 2020 - NW732

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

(1) Whether any payments were made to certain companies (names furnished) in terms of bid number BAC 10/16 for the nuclear new build; if so, (a) what was the amount of each payment made, (b) what value was received from the supplier with regard to each specified payment and (c) from which budget line item and programme was the payment drawn in each year in which a payment was made; (2) what role did certain persons (names furnished) play in the negotiations, implementation and/or facilitation of the specified deal; (3) whether either of the specified persons received any remuneration, commission and/or other fees as a result of the deal; if so, what is the quantum thereof; (4) what are the relevant details of the process that was followed in the awarding of the contract; (5) whether the Auditor-General has made any findings with regard to the specified process that was followed in awarding the contract; if so, what were the findings? NW936E

Reply:

1.  Payments were made to (a) (b)  Central Lake 149 Trading / Empire Technology (Pty) Ltd, no payment were made to (c) Edson power group

  • (i) R 22 800 000 (ii) 01/07/2016
  • (i) R 23 940 000 (ii) 28/09/2017
  • (i) R 51 642 000 (ii)  03/02/2017
  • (i) R 12 500 000  (ii) 19/092019
  • (i) R 51 568 000 (ii) 12/02/2019
  • (i) R 4 275 000  (ii) 26/03/2020
  • (i) R 4 275 000  (ii) 31/03/2020

 (iii)              Programme 5: Nuclear Energy

Responsibility    CD: Nuclear Safety & Technology

                   Objective:          Nuclear Safety & Technology

                  Item:                 CNS: BUS & ADV SER RESE & ADVISORY

2.         The Department does not know the role the certain individual played because the Department participated in terms of Treasury Regulations Section 16A6.6. on the contract which was secured by another organ of State, i.e. Provincial Treasury in Free State

3.         Please refer to response in under 2 above.

 4.         what are the relevant details of the process that was followed in the awarding of the contract;

  • The Department participated in terms of Treasury Regulations Section 16A6.6. on the contract which was secured by another organ of State, i.e. Provincial Treasury in Free State

5.         whether the Auditor-General has made any findings with regard to the specified process that was followed in awarding the contract; if so, what were the findings? NW936E

  • Yes -  The Auditor General raised an audit finding in the 2016/17 financial year

08 June 2020 - NW876

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Bozzoli, Prof B to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1)Whether his department will offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the Covid-19 financial or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what statutory grounds and/or provisions does he or his department rely to allocate Covid-19 financial or other relief only to small businesses according to the specified Act and (b) what form of Covid-19 financial or other relief, if any, will be made available to other small businesses?

Reply:

1. Yes, the department will offer some form of relief/ assistance.

2. (a) The Covid 19 assistance will be allocated to qualifying businesses in line with the Small-Scale Mining Implementation Framework.

(b) All qualifying small scale mining companies will be assisted.

DDG: MPPP

Date:

Recommended / Not Recommended

Advocate T Mokoena

Director General: Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

………………/………………/2020

Approved/Not Approved

Mr SG Mantashe

Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2020

08 June 2020 - NW677

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

(1) What (a) total number of fuel storage tanks are owned by the Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF), (b) number of the specified storage tanks are in an operational condition and (c) is the volume of the tanks that are (i) in an operational condition and (ii) not in an operational condition; (2) what (a) number of the storage tanks are utilised by the SFF for strategic fuel reserves and (b) is the volume thereof; (3) what (a) number of the storage tanks are leased to other companies and (b) is the volume thereof?

Reply:

(1) (a) 45 Tanks;

(b) 6 Tanks operational;

(c) (i) 45 Million barrels operational;

(ii) 7,8 Million barrels not operational;

(2) (a) 2 tanks;

(b) 15 Million barrels;

(3) (a) 4 tanks;

(b) 30 Million barrels;

08 June 2020 - NW675

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

(1) What is the current status of the investigation into the sale, also known as stock rotation, of the strategic fuel stocks of the Strategic Fuel Fund; (2) whether the report of the investigation will be submitted to the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy; if not, why not; if so, by what date; (3) has any (a) disciplinary, (b) criminal and/or (c) civil action been instituted against each person who is implicated; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

(1) SFF has filed the papers and supplementary papers after the investigation. Report has been handed to the Law Enforcement Agency (Hawks) for further criminal investigation;

(2) At this stage the report cannot be shared with any member of the public as advised by the Law Enforcement Agency (Hawks);

(3) (a) Report is being reviewed internally for any evidence of misconduct and any recommendations will be implemented;

(b) As in (1) above the investigation is still with the Hawks;

(c) Report is being investigated by the Hawks and also internal review for any misconducts. Recommendations from the 2 investigations will be implemented;

NW877E

08 June 2020 - NW328

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

Whether the proposal as stated by him at the 26th Investing in African Mining Indaba that the Government seeks to establish an alternative power generation entity outside of Eskom has been (a) discussed and (b) approved by the Cabinet; if not, why not; if so, on what date did this discussion and approval take place; 2) Where did the specified proposal originate from; 3) What is the proposed (a) structure, (b) mandate and (c) time line for the establishment of the new entity; 4) What are the relevant details of the envisaged reporting line of the entity to the national executive? NW482E

Reply:

2.. The single buyer model cannot be sustained, in respect of which Eskom is the sole aggregator and dispatcher of all the energy generated in the interconnected power system. This is due to Eskom’s poor balance sheet and its inability to carry the risks relating to long term power purchase agreements with other generators, without further encumbrance of the national revenue fund.

In the circumstances, it has become critical to find alternative models for the delivery of new generation capacity as required under the integrated resource plan. The entity that the Minister referred to at the Mining Indaba is aimed at complimenting the role that Eskom is unable to fulfil, in relation to new generation capacity. It is noteworthy that the entity could play the role of Buyer as well as developer of new power capacity, with or without private sector partners.

3. (a) (b)(c) work in regard to the structure has not been finalized and it would be premature to answer questions like mandate and timelines.

4. See (4) above

25 May 2020 - NW676

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

Whether there are any national standards for the quality, installation and maintenance of mining equipment and/or assets; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what are the details of the standards, (b) who is responsible for the enforcement thereof, (c) what total number of compliance inspections were undertaken in the (i) 2016-17, (ii) 2017-18 and (iii) 2018-19 financial years and (d) what were the outcomes thereof?

Reply:

a) There are 36 South African National Standards (SANS) and 2 South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) referenced in the Mine Health and Safety Act No 29 of 1996, as amended. The list is in Annexure 1.

b) The monitoring and enforcement is done by the Department’s Engineering Inspectors.

c) (i) The total number of compliance inspections conducted in 2016/2017 was 9 363 which included the mine equipment inspections.

(ii) Similarly, the total number of compliance inspections conducted in 2017/2018 was 9 425.

(iii) The total number of inspections conducted in 2018/2019 was 8567.

d) Where there were non-compliances observed during the inspections, to deal with dangerous conditions or non-compliance with mine standards or provisions under the Act, Inspectors issued sections 55 and 54 instructions as per the Mine Health and Safety Act, No. 29 of 1996 as amended. For instance, during the reporting period 2018/2019, there were 1399 section 55 instructions and 963 section 54 instructions issued, respectively.

Chief Inspector Mines

Date:

Recommended / Not Recommended

Advocate T S Mokoena

Director General: Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

………………/………………/2020

Approved/Not Approved

Mr SG Mantashe, MP

Minister of Mineral Resource and Energy

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2020

25 May 2020 - NW587

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Montwedi, Mr Mk to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What measures did his department put in place to monitor working conditions in mines to ensure that workers are protected from COVID-19 before granting Sibanye Mine in Rustenburg and other mining companies permission to resume work?

Reply:

1. The Department has consulted with organised labour and organised business regarding the possible impact of COVID-19 in the mining sector.

2. The Department has made inputs into the recent amendments of the Regulations of the Disaster Management Act (DMA), issued in terms of Section 27(2) of the same Act and published by the Minister of COGTA on the 17th April 2020. Please take particular note of the insertion of Regulation 11K which deals with Mining Operations.

2.1 Regulation 11K.(1) of DMA states:

Mining operations, as referred to in paragraph 22 of Part B of Annexure B, must be conducted at a reduced capacity of not more than 50% during the period of lockdown, and thereafter at increasing capacity as determined by direction issued by the Cabinet member responsible for mineral resources and energy.

2.2 Regulation 11K.(2) of DMA states:

The following conditions apply to the starting and increasing of capacity:

a) A rigorous screening and testing program must be implemented as employees return to work;

b) The mining industry must provide quarantine facilities for employees who have tested positive for the COVID-19;

c) Data collected during the screening and testing programme must be submitted to the relevant authority;

d) Mining companies must make arrangements to transport their South African employees from their homes to their respective areas of operations;

e) Workers from neighbouring Southern African Development Community countries must be recalled to their place of employment at the end of lockdown in their respective countries in accordance with these Regulations and regulations applicable in those countries.

2.3 Regulation 11K.(3) of DMA states:

The monitoring and impact assessment of seismicity through the Council for Geoscience must be intensified with immediate effect.

3. The Department through the Chief Inspector of Mines has also directed the South African Mining Industry (SAMI) to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the following communique issued to mining companies:

3.1 Guiding principles on prevention & management of COVID-19 in SAMI

3.2 Request for protocol on prevention & management of COVID-19 in SAMI

3.3 Safe start-up procedure of mines by employers and employees.

4. The Department has identified all Inspectors of Mines as essential service and were issued with Lockdown Permits to ensure that health and safety of mineworkers is not compromised even during this pandemic.

5. Inspectors of Mines remain on duty during the lockdown and conduct mainly unannounced visits at various mines particularly at high risk mines, to check the mines compliance to the Mine Health and Safety Act and other relevant prescripts such as “Lockdown” regulations.

Chief Inspector Mines

Date:

Recommended / Not Recommended

Advocate T S Mokoena

Director General: Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

………………/………………/2020

Approved/Not Approved

Mr SG Mantashe, MP

Minister of Mineral Resource and Energy

Date Submitted:-……………/………………/2020

09 March 2020 - NW161

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What government incentives are in place to encourage individuals to (a) install solar systems, and (b) use micro power generation for their own private power supply at household level?

Reply:

Currency government does not have incentives to encourage (a) individuals to install systems and (b) use micro power generation for their own private power supply at household level, However, it should be indicated that there are benefits to either install or use micro power generator through sayings that are made from the decrease on electricity bills be» one is not using the grid connected electricity.

NW182E

09 March 2020 - NW157

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

Whether his department received any applications for mining licences in the City of Ekurhuleni; if so, (a) what number of applications have been (i) received (aa) in each of the past five years and (bb) since 1 April 2019 and (ii) issued in each case and (b) where is the mining taking place?

Reply:

Reply

  1. (i)The number of applications received in the last five years from 2015 to 31 March 2019 are 56

Year

Total No of Applications

Applications issued

2015

15

04

2016

07

01

2017

17

03

2018

10

01

2019

08

01

(bb)
(bb) Applications received from 1 April 2019 are 08

(ii) There are no applications issued in this category

(ii) There are no applications issued in this category

(b) Nigel, Brakpan and Benoni.

 

DDG: MR
Date: 27 FEB 2020

Recommended

Advocate TS Mokoena
Director General: Department of Mineral Resources and Energy


Approved

Mr SG Mantashe
Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy
Date submitted: 09/03/2020

09 March 2020 - NW159

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

(1) Whether any mining permits were issued to certain companies (names furnished) since 1 January 2017; if so, what are the site locations of each permit that was issued; (2) whether it is possible for (a) one permit holder to transfer a permit to another and/or (b) multiple permits to be issued for the same site location? NW180E

Reply:

(1) Yes, the department has issued a mining permit to Hlelo mining (Pty) Ltd under the reference number 11218MP. It is located on portion of portion 3 of the farm Boschmanspoort 159 IS, within the magisterial district of Hendrina. The department has no record of a mining permit issued to Lunathi Mining.

(2)(a) Section 27(8) of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act 28 of 2002 (MPRDA) as amended, provides that a mining permit may not be transferred, ceded, let, sublet, alienated or disposed of, in any way whatsoever, but may been cumbered or mortgaged only for the purpose of funding or financing of the mining project in question with the Minister’s consent.

(b) Yes, multiple permits can be issued for the same location in that a mining permit is issued only for 5 hectares and therefore other entities can apply on the same location for 5 hectares as long as it is not on the 5 hectare where there is an issued mining permit or a right.

DDG: MR

Date: 27 Feb 2020

Recommended

Advocate TS Mokoena
Director General: Department of Mineral Resources and Energy


Approved

Mr SG Mantashe
Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy
Date submitted: 09/03/2020

27 February 2020 - NW81

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

(1) Noting the problems reported at the National Solar Water Heater Programme during the annual report presentation by his department in 2019, (a) what number of solar water heaters (i) have been installed in the current financial year. (ii) are still in storage; (b) what is the monthly cost of storage; (2) what steps has his department taken to rectify the major problem of the shortage of qualified installers?

Reply:

In 2019/20 financial year, the Department has not installed any Solar Water Heaters.
However,it can be reported that the installation companies were appointed in December 2019. The Department is currently finalising the internal audit on the bidding process to enable the finalisation of the contractual arrangements with the appointed Service Providers from which installation will commence; and

(ii) are still in storage;

Reply: The Department procured 87 206 SWH Baseline Systems from Bid Number DOE 008/2015/16 from which 150 systems were installed in Sol Plaatje Municipality on a repair and replace programme in 2018/19 FY whilst 200 systems where installed in 2018/19 FY at a pilot project in Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. The remaining systems are stored, some at SoEs, municipalities and Suppliers/ Manufacturers storage facilities.

The systems are currently being moved to the identified municipalities' storage facilities. As such, to date delivery of the systems is in progress to various municipalities since February 2020.


(b) what is the monthly cost of storage;

Reply: The monthly storage varies depending on the number days in a month. For a 30 days month, the storage costs amount to R 7, 923, 828.00 whilst in a 31 days month, the storage costs amount to R 8, 187, 956.53. The variance is due to the fact that the additional storage costs charged by each supplier is per unit per day instead of a fixed or standardised rate on a floor area coverage measured in square meters. These amounts reported on are after the Department had removed some systems to the SoEs' storage facilities.

In terms of the Supply Agreement for the Supply of Solar Water Heaters under Bid Number DOE 008/2015/16 entered in to between the Department and Suppliers, the Department had both financial and contractual obligations to settle additional storage costs in line with the extension of time on taking delivery of the manufactured goods. The prolonged period was attributable to the participating municipalities' delay in concluding the Framework Agreements with the Department in accordance with the Intergovernmental Framework Act (IGRA) owing to the project being implemented across the different spheres of government and the need to clearly outline the roles and responsibilities as well as obligations of each sphere during the implementation of the programme. Ensuring that governance structures are in place prior to the commencement of the programme will ultimately enable the level of accountability required from each sphere and or party.

As result, the delay in concluding the institutional arrangements impacted negatively on the planning and implementation of the programme which among others required municipalities to prepare the storage facilities (i.e. Central Storage) to take delivery of the goods and also enable the other critical path activities such Social Facilitation, Technical Feasibility Assessment and installation phase to be fast tracked.

(2) what steps has his department taken to rectify the major problem of the shortage of qualified installers?

Reply: The Department of Minerals Resources and Energy (the then DoE) partnered with the Department of Labour and Employment and the Central Energy Fund to facilitate the training of installer assistants. In all participating municipalities, it is estimated that 2644 installer assistants will be trained. However this number will reduce slightly due to Ndlambe Municipality's council resolution putting the programme on hold due to water challenges. As a result, the programme will not be rolled out in this municipality including training thereof. The Department of Labour and Employment has committed R36 million for this training of installation assistants. Energy and Water Sector Education Training Authorities has been contracted to oversee adherence to all the training requirements in line with its accreditation.

In addition, through the Supply Agreement entered between the Department and the Suppliers/Manufacturers, installers will be provided with product specific training by the manufacturers to make sure that all installations are done in line with their respective installation procedures.
NW86E

20 November 2019 - NW450

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Boshoff, Dr WJ to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources andEnergy

(1) Whether his department has been informed of (a) the application to mine coal in the Marloth Park and Kruger National Park area and (b) the findings of an environment impact assessment study (EIA) that had been done to determine the impact of such a mine on the area; if so, (i) on what date did his department first learn of the application and (ii) whether he will furnish Dr W J Boshoff with a copy of the EIA; (2) Whether his department is willing to initiate its own EIA so as to compare its findings with the findings of the existing EIA done by Singo Consultants; if not, why not; if so, on what date will the EIA be commissioned (3) Whether his department has been informed that a certain person (name furnished) is a member of the board of executives of a certain mining corporation (details furnished) and that the specified person’s report in fact constitutes a conflict of interest; if not, (4) Whether his department is prepared to investigate the matter; if not, why not; if so, what will be his department's further actions in this regard; (5) Whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

(1)(a) Yes, the Department is aware of an application to mine coal in Marloth Park next to the Kruger National Park.

(b) The assessment of the Environmental Impact Assessment is currently being conducted in terms of the requirements of the National Environmental Management Act and its Regulations. The assessment has not yet been finalised.

  1. The Department learned of the application on the 19!h July 2018, which is the date when both the Mining Right Application in terms of section 22(1) of the MPRDA and the Environmental Authorization were lodged in terms of the EIA Regulations.
  1. Yes, the copy of the EIA will be made available upon request.
  2. The Department will not initiate an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) as this is the requirement that must be satisfied by the applicant. The Department is required and currently undertaking an assessment of the submitted EIA in terms of the NEMA Act and Regulations
  3. It is difficult for the Department to answer this question since the name of the person under this enquiry and the mining corporation she/he is said to be an executive has not been revealed.
  4. It is again difficult for the Department to properly reply to the question since the name of the person under this enquiry and the mining corporation she/he is said to be an executive has not been revealed. This makes further investigations into the matter an impossibility.
  5. The Minister will not be making a statement in this regard

20 November 2019 - NW91

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Arries, Ms LH to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What is the (a) total number of mine workers who are employed in each mining company in the Republic, (b) location of each specified mine and (c) name of the company that manages each mine?

Reply:

The question should be referred the Department of Labour to as the competent Authority.

20 November 2019 - NW1019

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Mileham, Mr K to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources andEnergy

(1) What number of mining entities, including prospecting and exploration entities, are currently in or facing business rescue; (2) Whether a business rescue plan has been approved in each case; if not, why not; if so, what (a) are the details in each case and (b) is the current status of each business rescue plan?

Reply:

Regions

(1)

(2)

     

Mpumalanga

05

Business rescue plan were not submitted

Limpopo

01

No, It’s not our competency therefore the office cannot give a response since it’s the responsibility/competency of the Business

Practitioners.

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MINISTRY OF MINERAL RESOURCES REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

North West

04

  1. Programme for Community Development 10000MR, Business Rescue Plan approved and a contarctor is currently mining
  1. Hernic Ferrochrome 91, 308 & 396 MR> Business Rescue Plan adopted on 29/03/2019, the mining right has been ceded to Samancor Chrome Limited with the only outstanding precedent condition being the conclusion of an electricity supply agreement with Eskom.
  1. Shiva Uranium (228, 400 & 401MR)> Business Rescue Plan not approved,
  1. Horizon Chrome Mine (247 MR) > Business Rescue Plan is approved, the mine is operational

Northern Cape

01

Details of the business rescue plans are not share with the office by

the practitioners

KwaZulu Natal

00

 

Gauten

00

 

Free State

02

In both cases the process is still ongoing and not concluded.

Western Cape

00

 

Easter Cape

03

The office does not have business rescue plans at this point, entities were engaged to submit copies thereof and have failed thus far.

TOTAL

16

 

(1) The number of entities facing business rescue are 16

(2)

20 November 2019 - NW617

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

(1) Whether any license has been issued for mining, prospecting or exploration purposes to any mining company within 10 kilometers of the border of the Kruger National Park; if so, in each case, what are the details of each license issued, including the (a) date of issue, (b) company issued to, (c) minerals sought, (d) location of the license, (e) conditions attached to issuing of the license and (I) current status of each operation; (2) Whether the Department of Environmental Affairs, Forestry and Fisheries was consulted at any point during the licensing process; if not, why not; if so, what are the details of the input of the specified department on the licensing of the operations; (3) Whether environmental impact assessments were conducted; if not, in each case, why not; if so, (a) what did each environmental impact assessment recommend and (b) were these recommendations complied with before issuing licenses?

Reply:

Yes, the Department has issued a prospecting right within 10 km of the border of the Kruger National Park.

(a) date of issue of the right: 06 October 2009 expiring on the 5 h October 2014, The said right was renewed and expired on the 26* August 2018.

(b) Name of the company: Manzolwandle Investments (Pty) Limited

(c) Minerals: Coal

(d) Location of the license: The Farm Tenbosch 162 JU, Turnbult 593 JU & Tecklenburg Ranch 548 JU in the Magisterial District of Barberton

(e) Conditions attached to the license: The applicable conditions of the prospecting right required the right holder to comply with section 19(1) and (2), section 38, 41, 42, 43 and the related Regulations as well as comply with the approved Environmental Management Plan (EMP)

§ Current status of the operation: The prospecting right has lapsed

2. Yes, the following organs of state in charge with the environment in terms of section 40 of the MPRDA:

    • National Department of Water Affairs and Forestry
    • Department of Agriculture
    • Mpumalanga Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment
    • Mpumalanga Tourism & Parks Agency

3. Yes, the Environmental Impact Assessment were conducted by the applicant as required in terms of section 39 of the MPRDA

a. the EIA recommended that the right be issued and financial provision for rehabilitation paid by the applicant in terms of section 41 of the MPRDA.

b. Yes, the applicant did comply with the recommendations.

20 November 2019 - NW460

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1) Whether his department received prospecting applications for mining activities in (a) Komatipoort, (b) Marloth Park, (c) Hectorspruit, (d) Malelane and/or (e) Nkomazi in each of the past three years; if so, what are the details of the (i) Geographic Information System coordinates of each site and (ii) dates of public participation meetings held for each application; (2) Whether he will furnish Mr H C C Kruger with copies of the (a) environmental impact assessments and (b) water licence approvals for each application? NW1452E

Reply:

1. Please see Annexure A

2. (a) Yes, the Minister will furnish the copies of the Environmental Impact Assessments upon request

(b) Water Use License Approvals fall within the competence of the Department of Water and Sanitation in terms of the National \/\later Act 36 of 1998

ANNEXURE A

REF NUMBER

Date of Public Participation (ii)

MP 30/5/1/1/2/4218 PR

31,88271269180

-25,73419908670

24/02/2009

MP 30/5/1/1/2/0912 PR

31,82637458710

-25,69166262520

17/02/2006

MP 30/5/1/1/2/0787 PR

31,79476781810

-25,83804059790

refused no consultation

MP30/5/1/1/2/4524 PR

31,83482205530

-25,64327422090

withdrawn

MP 30/5/1/1/2/1325 PR

31,91839345340

-25,75332860260

2006/02/10

MP 30/5/1/1/2/0720 PR

31,82188617410

-25,90884537650

2005/06/10

MP 30/5/1/1/2/1305 PR

31,83994699620

-25,74284178660

refused no consultation

MP30/5/1/1/2/11143PR

31,88188278400

-25,67655251020

27/11/2013

MP30/5/1/1/2/10318PR

31,93622615420

-25,66816008370

rejected

MP30/5/1/1/2/12108PR

31,79697664160

-25,63684453420

rejected

MP30/5/1/1/2/10532PR

31,81750930740

-25,89867460210

rejected

MP30/5/1/1/2/11906PR

31,80699542720

-25,63644033710

22/05/2014

MP30/5/1/1/2/11907PR

31,82829565150

-25,64315396870

2014/03/06

MP30/5/1/1/2/11329PR

31,48747718360

-25,70979678860

1711212013

MP30/5/1/1/2/12368PR

31,96697067960

-25,63486432850

ected

26/06/2008

MP30/5/1/1/2/2094 PR

31,82921735800

-25,64228126990

 

MP30/5/1/1/2/11464PR

31,79697664160

-25,63684453420

31/01/2014

MP30/5/1/1/2/10290PR

31,82045434450

-25,70638769250

16/01/2013

MP30/5/1/1/2/5038 PR

31,47674307140

-25,71937221650

30/03/2010

MP30/5/1/1/2/03048 PR

31,47644148360

-25,71995708080

2008/11/08

MP 30/5/1/1/2/0865 PR

31,82205657200

-25,68763613010

lapsed

MP 30/5/1/1/2/1325 PR (R)

31,91838260720

-25,75345513130

2006/02/10

MP30/5/1/1/2/4773 PR

31,83976545340

-25,63603062580

refused no consultation

MP 30/5/1/1/2/0712 PR

31,82393434990

-25,90391680190

13/09/2005

 

 

31,45325341000

-25,71186871200

2009/10/12

 

31,96878494990

-25,63393733200

rejected

 

31,81402322220

-25,68258424200

rejected

 

31,84108462040

-25,72258788010

2009/10/12

 

31,81658581280

-25,90235678030

rejected

 

31,79466917090

-25,83797900450

refused no consultation

 

31,82830611450

-25,64324150990

refused no consultation

 

31;75612168250

-25,62375976820

refused no consultation

MP30/5/1/1/2/13463PR

 

31,75612168250

-25,62375976820

No outcome yet 2015/03/03

   

31,83661113390

-2563062512550

 

MP30/5/1/112112928PR

31,96019608670

-25,67730561270

29/10/2014

MP30/5/1/1/2/13183PR

31,81958917440

-25,74072656330

rejected

MP30/5/1/1/2/13651PR

31,87511848300

-25,74720084110

4* November 2o014

MP30/5/1/1/2/13549PR

31,80121716950

-2563720520040

2015/06/03

MP30/5/1/1/2/14052PR

31,85030602510

-25,90690859510

rejected

MP30/5/1/1/2/15027PR

31,78440680450

-2563669016420

2018/11/06

MP30/5/1/1/2/14884PR

31,92466808080

-25,72794011510

lapsed

MP30/5/1/1/2/15634PR

31,48116350740

-25,70518383400

NotyetdeGdedon

MP30/5/1/1/2/15993PR

31,92447751970

-25,92195402590

Not yet decided on

 

20 November 2019 - NW85

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Mantashe, Mr G to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources

What total number of permanent jobs (a) have been and (b) will be created at the Vedanta Zinc International Mine?

Reply:

(a) Total number of posts created: 2449

(b) Total number of posts to be created: 1700

20 November 2019 - NW435

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

Whether he has found that the granting of the (a) 5a, (b) 6a, (c) 7a, (d) 8a and

Reply:

1. No, the granting of the above-concessions will not result in the monopolization and sterilization of the resources, since all these rights were issued with approved Mining Work Programmes that details how the minerals will be extracted in different phases.

2. Because the company has applied for renewals, host communities and the local municipalities are consulted before the Social and Labour Plans before the renewals are submitted, the Marine Artisanal Miners Primary Cooperative Limited should have been consulted as part of the host communities not in their capacity as the representatives of the Cooperative.

NW1409E

19 November 2019 - NW806

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What number of applications for mining licenses are still pending, (b) on what date was the oldest pending application submitted, (c) what number of the pending applications are from people who are already mining illegally and (d) on what date was the oldest pending application submitted by people mining illegally?

Reply:

(a) 314

(b) 10/06/2011

(c) 01

(d) 30/08/2018

17 October 2019 - NW366

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Sharif, Ms NK to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What (a) number of official international trips is (i) he and (ii) his deputy planning to undertake in the 2019-22 medium term expenditure framework, (b) will the (i) destination, (ii) date, (iii) purpose and (iv) number of persons who will travel with the delegation be and ( c) is the detailed breakdown of the expected cost of (i) flights, (ii) accommodation and (iii) any other expenses in each case?

Reply:

(a) (i)3

(a) (ii) None

Note: the indicated international trips are for the 2019/2020 financial year only.

Planning of the 2022 - 2020 is scheduled for later this year.

(b) (i) Australia, London and Canada

(ii) 4 - 6 September 2019; 26 - 28 November 2019; 01 - 04 March 2020

(iii) Investment conferences

(iv) 4

Australia London Canada
( c) (i) Flights: R 101 527 R105 940 R131 839
(ii) Accommodation: R54 860 R69 260 R42 520
(iii) Other expenses: R2 I 670

DDG: Mineral Policy and Promotion
Ms N Ngcwabe
Date: 27/08/2019

Recommended

Advocate Y Mokoena
Director General: Department of Mineral Resources
03/09/2019

Approved

Mr SG Mantashe
Minister of Mineral Resources
Date: Submitted: 15/10/2019
 

17 October 2019 - NW434

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

(1) What is the current status of the processing of the (a) 5a, (b) 6a, (c),?a, (d) Ba and (e) 9a shallow-water diamond concessions in the Northern Cape; (2) on what legal provisions did his department rely when it granted the applicants permission to undertake shallow-water diamond concessions in the specified area? NW140BE

Reply:

(1) The department is processing the above-mentioned applications in terms of Section 24 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 200B (Act 2B of 2002).

Sea Concessions Ba and 9a are the Converted Mining Rights that were issued in terms of Minerals Act 50 of 1991 and were converted in to new order rights in terms of MPRDA.

Sea Concessions 5a, 6a and ?a were issued in terms of the Minerals Act, and the company applied for conversion in terms of the Transitional arrangements of the MPRDA.

Sea Concessions Sa and 9a were granted in terms of section 23(1 )(a)-(f).

(2) The Department rely on the provisions of the MPRDA to process all Applications

 

DOG: Minerals Regulation

Adv S Malebe
Date: 07/10/2019

Recommended

Advocate T Mokoena
Director General: Department of Mineral Resources
15/10/2019

Approved

Mr SG Mantashe
Minister of Mineral Resources
Date submitted: 15/10/2019

17 October 2019 - NW976

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

(I) With reference to his statement made on 10 July 2019 during his department's Budget Vote, what are the details of the other methodologies besides fracturing that his department is going to focus on to access shale gas in the Karoo; (2) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

(1) The Department is still conducting research on the different methodologies.

(2) No

DDG: Mineral Policy and Promotion
Ms N Ngcwabe
Date: 26/09/2019
 

Recommended

Advocate T Mokoena
Director General: Department of Mineral Resources
Date: 30/09/2019

Approved

Mr SG Mantashe
Minister of Mineral Resources
Date: 15/10/2019

17 October 2019 - NW195

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

a) What number of the electrical substations within the boundaries of the City of Ekurhuleni did not meet International Electrotechnical Commission minimum safety specifications including (i) switchgear and (ii) circuit breakers; and b) (i) what aspects of the minimum safety specifications did the specified substations not meet in each case, (ii) where is each substation located and (iii) what voltage does each substation provide?

Reply:

The Department received the question, reviewed its contents against its mandate and has determined that the most appropriate respondent should be the City of Ekurhuleni.

17 October 2019 - NW1020

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

Whether any mining, prospecting and exploration rights have (a) been issued and/or (b) applied for in Ward 1 in the Emfuleni Local Municipality; if so, in each case, what (i) are the details of the right granted and applied for in terms of the (aa) location, (bb) mineral sought and (cc) applicant's details, (ii) is the current status of the application if a right has not yet been granted and (iii) public participation process was followed?

Reply:

(a) Yes, 9 Mining Rights issued and 5 Prospecting Rights issued in Emfuleni Local Municipality.

(b) Other rights applied for and their details as per the other questions follows in the table below:

17 October 2019 - NW988

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

(1) Whether, with reference to the fact that Eskom cannot comply with the minimum standard of emissions as it is too costly, his department looked at other resources for generating energy for instance solar and wind; if not; why not; (2) What is the possibility of doing a feasibility study on both solar and wind by looking at the cost as well as employment opportunities? NW2140E

Reply:

(1) Yes, Eskom's compliance with the minimum emissions standards (MES) is currently being monitored by the Department of Environmental Affairs. The draft IRP 2019 explored scenarios wherein through the energy mix, we reduce the aggregate emissions profile of South Africa's energy generation sector. In order to mitigate against high emissions, provision is made for other technologies to meet the supply/demand gap, taking into account the technical and economical characteristics of each technology.

(2) An analysis has already been done based on the IRP Update. Job creations is one of the objectives under the IRP Update process