THE DRAFT MINERAL AND PETROLEUM RESOURCES REGULATIONS: A PROVERBIAL CURATE’S EGG?

Authors: Peter Leon, Patrick Leyden, Ernst Muller and Amanda Hattingh Last week StatsSA (South Africa’s official statistics authority) announced that South Africa’s economy contracted by 0.6 per cent during Q3. It is likely to contract further in Q4 as a further round of electricity blackouts occurs as a result of Eskom load shedding. The economy’s … Read more

CLIMATE CHANGE: SUCCEED IN A LOWER-CARBON FUTURE

Authors: Silke Goldberg, Ben Rubinstein and Dr Matthew Burnell In a 2019 global survey, 1,250 CEOs rated environmental / climate change risk the single biggest threat to business growth.1  DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE The race is on for businesses to understand their environmental impact and to manage the legal risks to succeed in a lower-carbon future. … Read more

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS ATTENDS AFRICA ENERGY FORUM IN LISBON

Author: Joanne Elson  The 21st Africa Energy Forum (AEF) took place on the 11th to 14th June 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal. The annual AEF is the largest Africa energy gathering of the year and easily draws over a 1000 delegates from all over the globe, including many government officials, public private sector representatives, developers, dealmakers, … Read more

PROMOTING HUMAN RIGHTS THROUGH THE EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRY

Author: Stéphane Brabant The hereunder presentation is adapted from a speech given during a seminar on ‘Mining and Oil and Gas Law: Transactions and Dispute Resolution’, jointly organised by the International Association of Lawyers and the Senegalese Bar Association in February 2017. A few years ago, it was still unrealistic to raise the topic of … Read more

ANPG TAKES OVER FROM SONANGOL E.P. AS ANGOLA’S NATIONAL CONCESSIONAIRE

Authors: Rebecca Major, Sharif Abousaada and Matthias Steiner The Angolan government has taken a further step in restructuring the hydrocarbons sector in Angola with the creation of the National Agency for Oil, Gas and Biofuels (Agência Nacional de Petróleo, Gás e Biocombustíveis) (“ANPG”), which was approved by Presidential Decree (no.49/19) on 6 February 2019. With … Read more

MINES AND ENERGY MERGER: TOO MUCH ON GWEDE MANTASHE’S PLATE? – LEYDEN

Author: Patrick Leyden In a move that is likely to be welcomed by the mining industry, President Ramaphosa has appointed Gwede Mantashe as the Minister of Minerals and Energy (which now combines the Ministries of Mineral Resources and Energy). During his short erstwhile tenure as Minister of Mineral Resources, Mantashe made significant progress in addressing … Read more

SOMALIA AND THE OWNERSHIP OF ITS OIL AND GAS

Authors: Rebecca Major, Jeremy Griffin and Mika Morissette Since the collapse of Somalia’s central state in 1991 and the ensuing decades of civil war, the central government’s ownership rights over Somalia’s oil and gas have been called into question, particularly in Somalia’s semi-autonomous regions. As set out below, the central government (the Federal Government of … Read more