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South Africa: Procedural Squabbles Likely to Delay New Upstream Development Bill

On 13 June the Select Committee on Land and Mineral Resources, part of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), held the first of three public hearings on the MPRDA Amendment Bill. The South African Oil and Gas Association (SAOGA), the NGO Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) and the National House of Traditional Leaders all submitted

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South Africa: New Mining Charter Preludes Upstream Black Economic Empowerment

Minister Zwane announced on 6 June 2017 that the much-delayed update to the Mining Charter will be published in the Government Gazette by mid-June. Proposed amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resource Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill suggest that the upstream oil and gas sector will not be required to comply with the Mining Charter.

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South Africa: DA Will Struggle to Form Opposition Coalition

The DA has started coalition talks with other opposition parties, including the EFF, ahead of the 2019 general elections. DA Federal Leader Mmusi Maimane said on 16 May that his party will consider a pre-election coalition agreement if it improves the chances of winning the election. However, there are wide political and ideological differences between

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South Africa: CEF Restructuring Threatens IPP Office’s Independence

On 19 May Minister of Energy Mmamoloko Kubayi highlighted key initiatives for the year ahead in her department’s budget vote speech, including several important developments relating to the restructuring of the CEF. Kubayi announced that the Petroleum Agency of South Africa (PASA) would be transferred to the Department of Mineral Resources and the IPP Office

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South Africa: ANC Presidential Candidates May Drop Out for Future Influence

While Ramaphosa and Dlamini-Zuma are the two frontrunners for the ANC presidential election in December 2017, a number of less-probable candidates have emerged. Still, given Ramaphosa and Dlamini-Zuma’s shortcomings, these newcomers may ultimately become credible threats. The other main contender is ANC Treasurer General Zweli Mkhize, who could be a compromise candidate or, if not

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South Africa: Nuclear Ruling Could Further Delay LNG IPP

On 26 April the Western Cape High Court handed down a judgment that is a major setback for the nuclear procurement program and could also have implications for the LNG-to-power IPP program. Judge Lee Bozalek set aside the determination for 9,600 MW of nuclear power, and that which made Eskom the procuring agent, on the

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South Africa: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma: Political Prospects and Controversy

Following the end of her tenure as chairwoman of the African Union, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma returned to South Africa in campaign mode for the ANC succession. Dlamini-Zuma has made several public appearances in recent weeks that have given her prominence in the domestic political arena. They have also provided a better understanding of who and what

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South Africa: ANC to Suffer as Zuma Survives

President Jacob Zuma has survived a week of unprecedented pressure since his cabinet reshuffle on 30 March. A credit rating downgrade has tipped South Africa toward being dropped from the investment grade grouping. Calls from numerous former allies for him to resign have been ignored, and Zuma has utilized his support in the ANC’s leadership

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South Africa: Implications of Zuma’s Cabinet Reshuffle

President Jacob Zuma’s late-night reshuffle on 30 March saw both Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas ousted from the Department of Finance and Tina Joemat-Pettersson replaced with Mmamoloko Kubayi as minister of energy. A total of 10 ministers and 10 deputy ministers were reshuffled. The replacement of Gordhan and Jonas with