GOVERNANCE OF AFRICA’S MINERAL RESOURCES

Author: Peter Leon Peter Leon’s notes delivered during the EAST AND CENTRAL AFRICA MINING FORUM. INTRODUCTION  AFRICA’S RESOURCE CURSE: IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS TO GOVERN AFRICA’S MINERALS.  The African continent is endowed with abundant natural resources, including about thirty per cent of the world’s mineral reserves. Historically, however, most resource-rich African countries have been categorized as … Read more

SOUTH AFRICA: MINING 2020

Authors: Peter Leon, Patrick Leyden and Matthew Burnell 1. RELEVANT AUTHORITIES AND LEGISLATION   1.1 WHAT REGULATES MINING LAW?  The mineral resources sector is primarily regulated by statute and in terms of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 28 of 2002 (MPRDA). Black economic empowerment (BEE) in the mining industry is regulated under the … 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

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

ZAMBIA LURED BY THE SIREN SONG OF RESOURCE NATIONALISM

Author: Peter Leon The government should take note of historical lessons Zambia, the world’s seventh-largest copper producer, is the latest leading African mining jurisdiction to succumb to the siren song of resource nationalism. In recent years this trend has seen international miners and their host governments in Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo clash … Read more