Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE)

Prolonging a sunset industry

Prolonging a sunset industry

Mining is a sunset industry.  No matter how deep we dig or far we go, minerals are finite, and their extraction becomes more challenging every year. By Wessel Badenhorst* The Minerals Council South Africa has stated that over the last decade,...
Baxter: COVID-19 made a bad situation worse

Baxter: COVID-19 made a bad situation worse

According Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA) CEO Roger Baxter, South Africa’s economy was in a crisis even before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the country performing below its potential. “Over the past decade the South African...

Mining COVID-19 code of practice published

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has published guidelines for a mandatory Code of Practice (COP) for mitigating and managing COVID-19 in the mining industry. The guidelines are issued in terms of section 49(6) of the Mine...

Resuming operations safely

The lifting of lockdown regulations permitted mines to resume operations. As such most mines which had temporarily halted operations are in the process of resuming operations again. The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has issued a...

Ramping up production after COVID-19

The relaxing of lockdown regulations has seen a gradual increase in activity within the mining industry, as some mines have resumed operations. Last week Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma...

Update on DMRE lockdown interventions

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) Minister Gwede Mantashe provided an updated on the interventions taken by the Department since the nationwide 21-day lock-down came into effect. According to Mantashe, the Department has been...

Healthy 2019 mine safety stats

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) held a briefing where minister Gwede Mantashe announced the 2019 industry health and safety performance statistics. The briefing was attended by various stakeholders in the mining industry,...