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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2022-w1522 - 17 May 2022

Christian Themba Msimang to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

(1)Whether, with reference to his comments at the recent 2022 Platinum Group Metals Industry Day on 6 April 2022, regarding the urgent need for a mineral rights cadastre (details furnished), it is his responsibility to establish and/or initiate a cadastral system for managing mineral rights; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) what are the full, relevant details of the steps that have been taken by his department to establish a mining cadastre for the Republic; (3) whether the urgent establishment of a mining cadastre has been included in the annual budget; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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

  1. Yes, it is the responsibility of the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy to establish a Cadastral system.
  2. The Department engaged SITA to initiative the procurement of the system and the evaluation of the proposal was concluded in October 2021. To date the Department is awaiting the recommendation letter from SITA in order to appoint the successful bidder.
  3. The budget for the system has ...
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2022-w1414 - 17 May 2022

Christian Themba Msimang to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What (a) is the position of his department regarding the recently released 2021 Annual Survey of Mining and Exploration Companies by the Fraser Institute, which, out of 84 jurisdictions that were assessed, ranks the Republic in the bottom 10 (details furnished) and (b) are the details of the plans that his department has put place to (i) counteract the results and (ii) improve the standing of the Republic?

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

a) The department has recently gazetted the Exploration Strategy to address this. There are logistical (rail and freight), regulatory (water and environmental licensing) and security challenges which fall outside the mandate of the DMRE.

b) Key areas have been identified in the Exploration Strategy that government and social partners will address to improve the country’s investment attractiveness in the next five years. ...

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2022-w883 - 06 May 2022

Gregory Rudy Krumbock to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What (a) is the total number of incidents of (i) sexual harassment and (ii) sexual assault that were reported in his department (aa) in each of the past three financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2021, (b) number of cases (i) were opened and concluded, (ii) were withdrawn and (iii) remain open or pending based on the incidents and (c) sanctions were meted out against each person who was found guilty?

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

a) No incidents of (i) sexual harassment and (ii) sexual assault were reported in the department (aa) in each of the past three financial years and (bb) since April 2021, (b) number of cases opened (i) were five (5), (ii) no case was withdrawn and (iii) three (3) cases remain open/pending (c) sanctions meted out against persons found guilty were dismissal (3 cases) and ...

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2022-w1388 - 06 May 2022

Babalwa Mathulelwa to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Why was action not taken against a certain person (name and details furnished) after it came to light that the specified person allegedly solicited a bribe from another certain person (name and details also furnished)?

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

Allegations of soliciting a bribe against the former Director-General of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy came to light during legal proceedings instituted by DNG Power Holdings (Pty) Ltd in which the Director-General was cited as 3rd Respondent in his official capacity. The allegations related, amongst others, to corruption during the tender process for the procurement of an emergency supply of 200 megawatts ...

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2022-w1486 - 06 May 2022

David William Bryant to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What are the relevant details of how he will assist the fisherfolk with the rising cost of fuel, diesel in particular and the impact this will have on the sector? NW1817

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

The high diesel prices globally are a direct results of the ongoing conflict in Eastern Europe. The supply of diesel to Europe from Russian Federation has been disrupted as a result of sanctions thus creating a major diesel shortage globally.

The government has intervened by reducing the fuel levy by R1.50 per litre over a period of two months. This intervention came at a ...

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2022-w1433 - 05 May 2022

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

At which (a) waste landfill site does the Elandshoogte Gold Mine dispose of their waste and (b) hazardous waste site do they dispose of their hazardous waste?

Reply from the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy on 5 May 2022

Elandshoogte Gold Mine is the holder of the mining right with an approved Environmental programme/ Environmental Authorisation, which provide that General waste must be kept in containers which are either wind and scavenger proof, and be disposed of at a permitted landfill site. This Authorisation does not negate the holder of the Authorisation to comply with any statutory requirements that might be applicable to ...

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2022-w1003 - 05 May 2022

James Robert Bourne Lorimer to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What (a) number of mining right holders are (i) in compliance and (ii) not in compliance with 46A(a) and 46(b)(i) of the Minerals and Petroleum Development Act, Act 22 of 2002: Minerals and Petroleum Development Regulations in each province, (b) steps have been taken by his department to ensure compliance with 46A(a) and 46(b)(i) of the Regulations and (c) are the website Uniform Resource Locators for each Social and Labour Plan published by each mining right holder in terms of 46(b)(i) of the Minerals and Petroleum Development Regulations?

Reply from the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy on 5 May 2022

(a)(i) Number of mining right holders that are complying is 48

(ii) Number of mining right holders that are not in compliance is 51

(b) Directives and orders in terms of section 29 and 93 of MPRDA were issued to those mining right holders who does not comply

(c) The publishing of SLP is not only limited to website, but some companies also publish ...

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2022-w1432 - 05 May 2022

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

On what date did the mining in Elandshoogte Gold Mine start?

Reply from the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy on 5 May 2022

The mining right was issued on 24 February 2007 and in terms of section 25(2)(b) the holder must commence with mining operations within one year from the date of issuing.

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2022-w601 - 05 May 2022

Phiwaba Madokwe to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

Whether, in view of his remarks at the recent National Energy Dialogue, in which he stated that it is not the role of his department to build an affordable and renewable energy sector, his department intends to leave the building of an affordable and renewable-energy sector completely to the private sector?

Reply from the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy on 5 May 2022

It is the mandate of the department to ensure security of energy supply. The Department delivers on this mandate through the development of policy and regulations, energy planning and the facilitation of investment into the sector.

In line with the government investment drive, the department intends to continue to attract private sector investment into the energy sector including renewable energy. It must be noted ...

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