Mining minerals

Two-year delay in new South Africa mining cadastre blamed on ‘ulterior motives’

James Lorimer, Shadow Mines Minister, DA MP

THE The real reasons behind the protracted delay in introducing a new mining cadastral system for South Africa involve “ulterior motives”, according to DA Shadow Minister for Mineral Resources James Lorimer.

Participating in the Junior Indaba being held in Johannesburg, Lorimer commented: “I don’t buy those excuses at all. This is too much. I don’t think it suits some people to have a completely transparent cadastral system. That’s the only conclusion I can come to.

“Any minister who has any idea how important this is would be sitting at the head of other government departments to make all of this happen,” Lorimer said, adding that if the DA were in power, a new cadastral system would be in place. place within six months. .

When asked if he thought corruption was involved in the delays in introducing the cadastral system – given the DA’s view that a new system could be introduced so quickly – Lorimer replied: ” I think so “.

A mining cadastral system makes it possible to know which company has obtained prospecting permits on which land. The system currently in use – SAMRAD – has been declared a disaster by the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe.

The government has now launched a tender for a new system a year after it was supposed to be introduced.

Mantashe – who was supposed to address the Junior Indaba on Thursday morning but canceled at the last minute to be replaced as speaker by Lorimer – admitted in April at a platinum investing conference that he doesn’t did not have full control over the delivery of the new mining cadastral system.

He also commented that he couldn’t predict when one would be introduced saying, “I’m working on it. I’ve learned not to put deadlines on things that I don’t have full control over.”

Mantashe attributed the delay to the government’s “procurement framework”.

Asked about general corruption in the mining industry and lack of government action, Lorimer said it was widespread and he had recently traveled to Emalahleni to investigate extensive illegal coal mining.

“It had been completely ignored for the past six months. Nothing is done about it. It is clear that there are a lot of scams.

“The police do nothing – they probably get paid. The municipality does nothing – they certainly get paid. The DMRE has an office 9.2 kilometers away and they do nothing.