/ 13 April 2011

SA to start mine rights online system

South Africa will launch its new online mineral rights application system next week, which aims to ensure transparency and end administrative blunders, the department of mineral resources said.

“The system [South African Mineral Resources Administration online system] for prospecting rights, mining permits and mining rights will go live on April 18 2011,” the department said on its website.

The mining ministry imposed a six-month halt on new prospecting bids last year to overhaul mining laws, iron out irregularities in the way rights are awarded and audit existing exploration and drilling contracts. – Reuters