Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002

South Africa Current 2012

Amended in 2012, the MPRDA seeks to make provision for equiptable access to and sustainable development of the nation’s mineral and petroleum resources. Implementation of the MPRDA has illustrated the role of government to access extractive industry information and to use such information as required (including the revoking of corporate licences where necessary). With respect to its contribution to extactive industries transparency, it does not contain special provision for reporting or acess to information by the public. The amended Act does promote an integrated licensing approach in respect of mining rights, environmental authorizations, and licenses for the use of water. If an objection or an appeal is lodged where a right or an environmental authorization has been granted, the holder of the right cannot commence the prospecting or mining operations.



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