2022-w2209 - 17 June 2022

Phiwaba Madokwe to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

In light of the ongoing protests by Sibanye-Stillwater mineworkers, what (a) intervention has he made to ensure Sibanye-Stillwater meets the workers’ demands and (b) guarantee does his department give workers that, should Sibanye-Stillwater lose their license, (i) anyone who takes over the operations will not be as exploitative as Sibanye-Stillwater and (ii) Sibanye-Stillwater will be held liable for all its crimes, including unfair dismissal of workers, its refusal to pay workers what is due to them and failure to record and compensate workers for injury on duty? NW2617E

Reply from the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy on 17 Jun 2022

(a) The Minister met with both the management of Sibanye-Stillwater and Labour representatives and emphasized the importance of them reaching an amicable solution.

(b)(i) The Department cannot give any guarantees in this case as the relationship between Employer and Employee is governed by both the Labour Relations Act and Basic Condition of Employment Act, and both are the competency of the Department of Employment ...

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2022-w2208 - 17 June 2022

Phiwaba Madokwe to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What are the reasons for (a) his insistence on Shell’s continued operations, which is rejected by the people of the Eastern Cape, before the Gas Amendment Bill [B 9 - 2021] is finalised and (b) his department insisting that the Republic and its people will benefit from these operations, while the same operations left the Niger Delta polluted and set off the conflict in Mozambique? NW2616E

Reply from the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy on 17 Jun 2022

Development of oil and gas has great potential to offer South Africa energy independence (and security), economic growth and jobs as long as is developed within the principles of sustainable development.

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2022-w2046 - 06 June 2022

Wynand Johannes Boshoff to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

1) Whether he will make available all information regarding the findings by the Council for Geoscience that shale gas extraction is viable; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, by what date; and 2) How does he anticipate the way forward for shale gas (a) exploration and (b) extraction? NW2446E

Reply from the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy on 6 Jun 2022

1. Yes, information will be made available after Cabinet approval.

2. The way forward will be informed by scientific studies currently underway.

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2022-w2033 - 06 June 2022

Phiwaba Madokwe to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

In light of the fact that discussions in the Mining Indaba emphasised the need for his department to crack the whip and deliver on a number of mandates in relation to the mining and energy crisis the Republic is faced with, and notwithstanding the plans his department already had to stabilise the embattled but crucial entities, what (a) new information has he received from the Mining Indaba that he will now be considering and (b) are the timelines for delivering? NW2376E

Reply from the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy on 6 Jun 2022

a) Mining Indaba is a conference like any other, the Department does not derive its mandate from it.

b) All issues raised at different platforms, including mining indaba are dealt with in line with the Department’s mandate and in accordance with the annual performance plan.

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2022-w1687 - 27 May 2022

Phiwaba Madokwe to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

In light of the recent results of the Fraser Institute's Annual Survey of Mining Companies 2021, wherein the Republic was ranked as the world’s 10th least attractive mining destination, what (a) has he found to have been the reasons to influence this and (b) steps will be taken by his department to guarantee that the mining industry in the Republic remains lucrative and appealing to investors?

Reply from the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy on 27 May 2022

The Department gazetted the Exploration Strategy recently and key areas of influence were identified. Government and social partners will address these to improve the country’s investment attractiveness within the next five years.

There are logistical (rail and freight), regulatory (water and environmental licensing) and security challenges which fall outside the mandate of the DMRE.

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2022-w1698 - 27 May 2022

Lorato Florence Tito to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What are the (a) reasons that mining communities such as (i) Sasolburg, (ii) Secunda, (iii) Witbank and (iv) Rustenburg are still largely underdeveloped after so many years of mining activities on their shores and (b) consequences for the mining houses that have failed to fulfil their responsibilities toward the specified communities?

Reply from the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy on 27 May 2022

a) Although Social economic development is the constitutional mandate of the Local Government, mining companies have to also contribute to the socio-economic development of the area they are operating through Social and Labour Plans. Mining companies around those areas have committed to contribute to the socio-economic development of the area in line with the IDPs of the municipalities.

b) The Department has a responsibility ...

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2022-w1600 - 20 May 2022

Veronica Van Dyk to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What progress has been made regarding developing a policy on integrity testing for personnel and contractors working in the (a) Alexkor mine and (b) mining industry?

Reply from the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy on 20 May 2022

The matter is not within the mandate of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy as it is an operational matter which should be responded to by the relevant mine(s).

 

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2022-w1604 - 17 May 2022

Annerie Maria Magdalena Weber to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Whether, with reference to the Elandshoogte Gold Mine being very close to the Sudwala Caves in the Houtbosloop Valley, he will furnish Ms A M M Weber with the (a) rehabilitation plan and the (b) environmental impact assessment for the mine as the mine is operational again; if not, why not in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply from the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy on 17 May 2022

Yes, Elandshoogte Gold mine is issued with the mining right and an approved EMP/ EA which contain rehabilitation plan.

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2022-w1586 - 17 May 2022

Nomsa Innocencia Tarabella Marchesi to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Whether (a) his department and/or (b) entities reporting to him concluded any commercial contracts with (i) the government of the Russian Federation and/or (ii) any other entity based in the Russian Federation since 1 April 2017; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, for each commercial contract, what are the (aa) relevant details, (bb) values, (cc) time frames, (dd) goods contracted and (ee) reasons that the goods could not be contracted in the Republic?

Reply from the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy on 17 May 2022

a1 NRWDI

a) N/A

b) No commercial contract was concluded between the entity and Russian Federation

(i) No contract concluded

(ii) No contract concluded since 01 April 2017

(aa) N/A

(bb) N/A

(cc) N/A

(dd) N/A

(ee) N/A

2. SDT

a) N/A

b) No commercial contract was concluded between the entity and Russian Federation

(i) No contract concluded

(ii)No contract concluded since 01 April ...

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2022-w1798 - 17 May 2022

Veronica Van Dyk to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1)Whether he has been informed that in spite of the Pooling and Sharing Joint Venture (PSJV) being issued with a directive from the Department of Fisheries, Forestry and the Environment to desist from building cofferdams without a dumping permit in terms of the Integrated Coastal Management Act, Act 24 of 2008, the PSJV continues to do so in spite of the terms and/or provisions of section 79(1)(d) of the specified Act that a person is guilty of a category one offence if that person dumps any waste at sea without a dumping permit; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) what steps does his department intend to take against a certain company (name furnished) that has been guilty of the specified offence continually since 2014, but now continues to commit the offence even after being issued with an official environmental directive from the Minister of the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment in order to stop the illegal activity? NW2064E

Reply from the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy on 17 May 2022

The matter referred to in the question should be addressed to the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment.

 

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