The DMR remains adamant that current version of the MPRDA Amendment Bill will be passed

31st July 2013

The Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources met on 30 July 2013 for a briefing by the Department of Mineral Resources (“DMR”) on the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill (“the Bill”).

While the industry was well represented, the same could not be said for the Portfolio Committee.

The intention of the meeting was to provide members of the Portfolio Committee (PC) with an overview on the amendments and to address any questions that they may have.

The main issues raised and in relation to which there appeared to be a clear political division were:

The chairperson of the Portfolio Committee stated that the notices to the public inviting comments on the Bill would be published in the next week or two and that public hearings on the Bill would be held during September. She further indicated that the goal is to get the Bill passed by the end of this year.

Compiled by Lizel Oberholzer, Bowman Gilfillan