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Comment Sought on Draft Gas Act Rules

February 4, 2021

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

The National Energy Regulator (NERSA) has called for comment on Draft Gas Act Rules.

The mineral resources and energy department announced the call in Government Gazette 44134.

The Draft Rules were drawn up in terms of Section 34(3) of the Gas Act.

The Draft Rules focus on, inter alia, general requirements for documents submitted to the energy regulator; applications and objections to licence applications; consultation with affected and interested parties and complaints, investigations, inspections, and inquiries.

According to NERSA, the Draft Rules are intended to replace the current Gas Act Rules published on 31 December 2009.

Comment is invited until 8 March 2021.

Meanwhile, speaking at the virtual launch of the Investing in African Mining Indaba 2021, president Ramaphosa declared that government and the mining industry must “adapt to the realities of the COVID-19 era, provide greater policy certainty, attract higher levels of investment and protect livelihoods at the same time”.

The president called on the mining sector to “strive for greater sustainability, competitiveness and transformation”.

Mining companies also need to foster an inclusive approach to all aspects of mining; ensure greater inclusion of women and women-owned businesses; incorporate and actively implement environmental, social and governance standards into all aspects of business decisions and operations and provide employment, business and training opportunities to people in the communities in which mining companies operate.

The president highlighted that policy reform in the sector includes promoting greater exploration and beneficiation in minerals and upstream petroleum activities with particular focus on the domestic and regional gas market, formalising small scale and artisanal mining, revitalizing sterile mines and discovering new minerals.