Due to the change in the legislative regime in South Africa, mineral rights no longer vest in individuals, but in the state. A Prospecting Right (PR) is a permission granted by the state through the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). It gives the applicant the authority to prospect (by means of invasive or non-invasive methods) for specific minerals within a given area. A Mining Right (MR) is a permission granted by the state through the DMR which gives the applicant the authority to mine for specific minerals by specific means within a given area.

For both the prospecting and mining activities an application for the activity must be lodged at the office of the Regional Manager of the DMR, in the region and the area the proposed operation is situated in prior to the granting of a PR or MR. GCS has the experience and expertise to advise exploration and mining companies in this regard, as well as expertise to compile such applications in compliance with the provisions of the MPRDA as Amended, for submission to the DMR.

Once a MR application has been provisionally accepted by the DMR, the environmental impact assessment process is initiated. This involves the full spectrum of specialist assessments, impact assessment, impact mitigation determination, management plan development, project management and authority and public consultation.


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