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MPRDA Investigations on the Cards

November 30, 2020

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

Further investigations to confirm the results of previous geoscientific surveys on geochemical anomalies in or under certain land for possible exploration and exploitation are on the cards.

The mineral resources and energy department called for comment on the intention to undertake the investigations in Government Gazette 43942.

The investigation is proposed in terms of Section 50 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act.

Comment is also sought on the intention to set up and maintain long term access to test sites for geochemical and geophysical tests to be conducted.

“These test sites are the Roodeplat site for ground geophysical tests and the Vredefort site for airborne geophysical tests.”

The department also intends setting up suitable sites in identified areas for the passive treatment of mine water due to acid mine drainage challenges and to develop techniques for remediation.

Comment is invited within 30 days.

Meanwhile, in a statement on the 2020 Mine Occupational Health and Safety Principal’s Summit, the mineral resources and energy minister, Gwede Mantashe, reiterated the department’s commitment to formalising small scale and artisanal miners describing it as a “necessary intervention to allow people to continue being productive and contribute to economic growth”.

The virtual Principals meeting reviewed the state of occupational health and safety in the country’s mining industry.

According to the department, the tripartite of Principals “welcomed the steady recovery of mining from the impact of Covid-19, and the recognition of the sector as a green shoot of the economy as pronounced by the National Treasury”.

The minister also reiterated the call for improved investment into exploration, referring to it as the “life blood of mining.”