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South Africa: Mosebenzi Zwane Appointed Minister of Mineral Resources

On 22 September President Jacob Zuma announced that relatively unknown Mosebenzi Zwane would be appointed minister of mineral resources. Zwane, who was sworn into office on 23 September, replaces Ngoako Ramatlhodi, who has been shifted to minister of public service and administration. The public service portfolio has been vacant since Minister Collins Chabane died in

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South Africa: New E&P Regulations Only Cover Onshore Developments

On 3 June Minister of Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramatlhodi published the Regulations for Petroleum Exploration and Production under the MPRDA in the Government Gazette. The new regulations’ publication came almost 20 months after former Minister of Mineral Resources Susan Shabangu released the draft regulations in October 2013. Although the purpose of the draft regulations included

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South Africa: Final Technical Regulations Due for Release

On 7 May Minister of Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramatlhodi indicated that the Technical Regulations on Petroleum Exploration and Exploitation had been finalized while speaking to the media with Deputy Minister Godfrey Olifant and Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) Director General Thibedi Ramontja. The three officials were addressing the press that day ahead of the DMR’s

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South Africa: Amid Delays, MPRDA Amendment Bill Unlikely to Pass by Mid-Year

Recent delays in the process to address President Jacob Zuma’s reservations on the MPRDA Amendment Bill mean that it will likely miss the mid-year target set by Minister of Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramatlhodi in February. Although President Zuma referred the bill back to the National Assembly on 16 January (please see our 21 January Latest

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South Africa: Future Mining Charter Court Ruling: Implications for IOCs

On 31 March Minister of Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramatlhodi announced that a key component of the government’s BEE policy would be referred to the High Court to resolve a long-running disagreement between the government and mining sector. According to Ramatlhodi, who spoke at a press conference on compliance with the Amended Broad-Based Socioeconomic Empowerment Charter