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1st Mineral Law And Policy Indaba 2010

Date 12 April 2010
- 12 April 2010
Location Misty Hills Conference Centre, Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng
Location Misty Hills Conference Centre, Muldersdrift, Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg
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There have been many legal developments such as the ownership of mine dumps, the declaration of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act as expropriating mining rights of landowners, the Mining Charter being reviewed and the new Mineral and Petroleum Resource Royalty Act.

Sustainable Development is also playing a bigger role and it would be interesting to see the response of the South African legislature hereto.

Further, the Mine Health and Safety Act has been recently amended. A discussion on these issues would greatly assist in understanding the South African mineral law regime.


Exhibition / Sponsorship

Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Companies wishing to sponsor or exhibit should contact the Conference Coordinator.

Raymond van der Berg
Conference Co-ordinator
SAIMM, P O Box 61127

Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923

Co-ordinator Email:
Event Website:


Preliminary Programme

Monday, 12 April 2010

08:00–09:00 Registration and Coffee

09:00–09:15 Welcome Address
J.C. Ngoma, President of SAIMM

09:15–11:00 Breakfast Session

Keynote Speaker
Hon. Minister S. Shabangu,
Minister: Mineral Resources

11:00–11:30 Morning Tea

11:30–12:00 Keynote Address
Due diligence considerations to prevent failure to comply with
mining laws in SA
C. Stevens, Tabacks Attorneys

12:00–13:00 Lunch

13:00–13:25 Effects of the recent amendments to the MHSA for mining companies
Prof. M. Hermanus, Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry

13:25–14:15 The avatar syndrome: Mining companies who ignore surrounding communities
do so at their peril
M. van der Walt, A. Mitchell, and L. Moalusi,Bell, Dewar and Hall Attorneys

14:15–14:40 Mine dumps—quo vadis?
N. Roodt, Bell, Dewar and Hall Attorneys

14:40–15:05 Grappling with a tightening noose: reflections on environmental protection in the South African mining industry
J. Kalima, Webber Wentzel Attorneys

15:05–15:30 Afternoon Tea

15:30–15:55 The evolving South African climate change legal regime—Background,
pending developments and implications for the mining sector
A. Gilder, IMBEWU Sustainability Legal Specialists

15:55–16:20 National Union of Mine Workers
E. Majadibodo

16:30 Closure



Foster understanding of the mineral law regime in particular the importance of Black Economic Empowerment and its impact on the MPRDA and further development/impediment of the mining industry in South Africa.

Also the way the mining industry responds to sustainable development and local communities are shaped by legislation.

Also, the lessons that South Africa can teach the rest of the region as regards the development of a national mineral policy.


Registration Fees


Registration Fees

Members/ Authors

R 3 999

Non Members

R 4 200

Students / Retired Members

R 2 000

Please note:
Non-members are entitled to free membership of the SAIMM, up to 30 June 2010, for attending this event

Registration Fees:
Prepayment is required for all Registration Fees on or before the date of the event.
Delegates who have not paid will not be permitted to attend the event


Call for Papers

Prospective authors are invited to submit titles and abstracts of their papers, in English, and to indicate the topic under which the paper should be categorised.

The abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and should be submitted to the Conference Co-ordinator

Raymond van der Berg
Conference Co-ordinator
SAIMM, P O Box 61127

Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923

Co-ordinator Email:
Event Website:



Papers are invited that integrate inter alia, the following topics:


  • Commencing new operations in light of expiry of MPRDA conversion requirements
  • Social contracts in mining transactions
  • Effect of MHSA amendments
  • Security of tenure
  • Compensation issues
  • Rehabilitation and mine closure


Key Dates

05 February 2010 Submission of abstracts

01 March 2010 Acceptance of abstracts

31 March 2010 Submission of papers

12 April 2010 Conference



Raymond van der Berg
Conference Co-ordinator
SAIMM, P O Box 61127

Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923

Co-ordinator Email:
Event Website:


Who should attend

The conference should be of interest to the following people:

  • Mine management
  • Mine executives
  • Mining company legal personnel
  • Legal practitioners dealing with mining
  • Mine health and safety officials
  • Department of Mineral Resources officials
  • Contractors (mining)
  • Mining consultants
  • Unions
  • Academics
  • Non-government organisations, natural resource financial advisors
  • Local Community advisers.


The following may be downloaded in the dowload section below

First Announcement & Call for Papers
Second Announcement & Registration