A mining make-over in progress?

In his recent keynote address to the platinum group metals industry, Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe (the Minister) indicated that South Africa aims to increase the country’s share of global exploration expenditure to at least three per cent in the next five years. Read more

Mining Charter III: certainty, but at a cost

The Broad-Based Socio-Economic Empowerment Charter for the Mining and Minerals Industry, 2018 (Mining Charter III or the Charter) came into force on Friday, 1 March 2019 – almost three years after the publication of the first draft. This brought to a close nearly three years of uncertainty and speculation regarding the nature and content of the final version of South … Read more

The Liberian mining law reform and the impact of the Ebola crisis

Despite its relatively small size (approximately 110,000km with a population of four million people), Liberia, the oldest republic in Africa, is a resource-rich country with significant deposits of iron ore, gold and diamonds. The West African mining industry is facing significant headwinds from the combined effect of: the Ebola virus outbreak, which has caused the … Read more

A new mining law for Mozambique

The Mining Law 20/2014 of 18 August 2014 (the New Mining Law) came into force in Mozambique on 22 August 2014 replacing the previous mining regime under Mining Law 14/2002 of 26 June 2002 (except in relation to mining contracts that were in force prior to 22 August 2014).1 The New Mining Law was precipitated … Read more

English High Court judgment in ongoing Zambian dispute

On 15 July 2014, the High Court in London handed down a further judgment in the ongoing dispute between Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) and U&M Mining Zambia Ltd (U&M). KCM owns a number of mines on the Zambian copper belt.  It is a Zambian company majority owned by Vendanta Resources Plc, which is listed on … Read more

Bright future – the key factors driving economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa

The African market will continue to thrive thanks to increased availability of capital and investment in natural resources, power and infrastructure. Since 2008 the world economy has undergone significant strain, which has had an effect on growth across all regions. However, in the face of these global headwinds, domestic supply shocks and civil conflict, Africa … Read more

How to navigate dispute resolution in Africa

As investment continues to flow into the continent, the number of disputes is also risingOver the last decade investment into Africa from foreign companies, financial institutions and private equity groups has soared, while investment between African countries is also increasing. For those willing and able to seek out its opportunities, Africa represents the world’s largest … Read more