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

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

DECISIONS BY REGIONAL MANAGERS WITHIN SOUTH AFRICA’S DEPARTMENT OF MINERAL RESOURCES MAY BE UNLAWFUL

Author: Dr Matthew Burnell  We have recently come across decisions made by Regional Managers within South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources (“DMR”) in terms of sections 24P (Financial provision for remediation of environmental damage) and 28 (Duty of Care) of the National Environmental Management Act (“NEMA”). The Regional Manager does not have the requisite authority … Read more