ISSUED BY MR N RAMODIKE, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR MINERALS AND ENERGY
UDM expresses it concern regarding the drafting of the Minerals Development
Bill. We find it unacceptable that the Minister of Minerals and Energy has been
granted unfettered powers.
The executive authority to grant mineral and prospecting rights should be given
to an independent board, thereby stripping the Minister of this power.
Furthermore, holders of existing rights should be given a guaranteed period of
licence, as opposed the "use it or loose it" clause.
Holders of surface rights should also be protected thereby enforcing the aims
and objectives of the bill. Specifically those aimed at protecting previously
disadvantaged communities, by giving them first preference in the granting of
The UDM calls upon the government to protect the constitutionally entrenched
property rights of the citizens of South Africa by guaranteeing the protection
of existing rights. The UDM further calls upon the portfolio committee on
Minerals and Energy to urgently puts its voice behind the UDM n its call for
effective, fair and proper change and progress.
Mr Nelson Ramodike, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Minerals and Energy
082 973 6288
11 June 2001