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Positive legislative developments afoot for South Africa’s oil and gas industry

Overview

On Tuesday, 9 November 2016, representatives of the Department of Mineral Resources (“DMR”), including Minister Zwane, briefed the National Council of Provinces (“NCOP”) on significant developments relating to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill 15 of 2013 (the “MRPDA Bill”).

The briefing, which took place before the NCOP’s Select Committee on Land and Mineral Resources (the “Committee”), covered a variety of issues from amendments aimed at streamlining inter-departmental processes to amendments addressing the discretionary nature of certain ministerial powers.