SA mining laws cause for concern

03 အောက်တိုဘာလ 2012
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Speaking at a recent conference in Iceland, David Fig of UCT questioned why SA remained trapped in an undemocratic industrial paradigm which gave primacy to its minerals and energy sector.

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Speaking at a recent conference in Iceland, David Fig of UCT questioned why SA remained trapped in an undemocratic industrial paradigm which gave primacy to its minerals and energy sector.

He noted that all major development proposals were subject to an EIA authorisation process regulated by the Department of Environment Affairs. The sole exception was the mining sector, which was exempt from the normal rules and governed by a less rigorous in-house approval process by the Department of Mineral Resources, whose main mandate was to promote mining.

Nevertheless, Fig said a ministerial agreement was reached in 2008 to transfer the EIA approval process for mining to the Environment Department in an 18-month handover. Fig said this was subject to the amendment of mining and environmental laws.

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