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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: MPRDA Makes Slow Progress through Provinces

Public hearings on the MPRDA Amendment Bill have taken place at several of the provincial legislatures over the past two months. The period for written comments closed on 22 March, and the final provincial public hearing is due to take place in the Northern Cape legislature on 29 March. While the legislative process is slowly

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South Africa: Sasol’s Joint CEOs Outline Strategy

Sasol joint CEOs Bongani Nqwababa and Stephen Cornell have been relatively quiet since they were appointed in July 2016. However, they attended the World Economic Forum in Davos together and gave a joint media interview there that was released on 21 January, giving some insight into their working relationship and the potential direction that Sasol

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South Africa: 2017: Action-Packed Year for the Energy Sector

2017 promises to be an eventful year for the South African oil and gas sector. Parliament will likely finalize the much-delayed MPRDA Amendment Bill, the LNG independent power producer (IPP) program could see pre-qualified bidders announced, and the forecast in the updated 2016 draft of the IRP may provide a boost for the long-term development

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South Africa: DMR Looks to Clarify State Participation in MPRDA

On 8 November the NCOP Select Committee on Land and Mineral Resources held its first hearing on the MPRDA Amendment Bill. While the Department of Mineral Resources provided the committee with an overview of the various amendments in the bill, the key development for IOCs were three additional proposals that the department would like to

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South Africa: Protecting Zuma’s Legacy: Impact on Policy-Making

On 24 August the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources considered the input from the National House of Traditional Leaders (NHTL) on the Mineral and Petroleum MPRDA Amendment Bill. However, earlier news that the South African Police Service’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, commonly known as the “Hawks,” had requested Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan to

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South Africa: Revised Mining Charter to Complicate Black Economic Empowerment

On 16 April Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane published a draft review of the Broad-Based BEE Charter for the South Africa Mining and Minerals Industry, known as the Mining Charter. Although the Petroleum and Liquid Fuels Charter currently applies to the oil and gas industry, one of the important changes in the MPRDA Amendment

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South Africa: MPRDA Legislative Process Again Under Way

Parliament announced on 1 March that the MPRDA Amendment Bill has been referred to the NHTL, signaling that the legislative process for the bill, which President Jacob Zuma sent back to the National Assembly by President Jacob Zuma in January 2015, has been restarted. Parliament’s referral underscores the intention for the MPRDA Amendment Bill to