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Minister tells Parliament why DMR is holding on to mining EIAs

24 March 2010 at 9:41 am

The Minister of Mineral Resources has told Parliament that “[s]everal concerns were raised by Mining sector stakeholders and Government Departments which are related to the implementation of the MPRDA Amendment Act 49 of 2008. The DMR then deemed it prudent to first consult and further endeavor to address the concens raised by stakeholders before the Amendment Act take effect.” The MPRDA Amendment Act as promulgated in 2009 is supposed to give effect to the 2008 agreement between the two ministries to shift the environmental impact assessment for mining licenses to environmental authorities.

The Minister’s full reply can be downloaded here.

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