Restriction on the Granting of South African Oil and Gas Rights
The South African Minister of Mineral Resources, Gwede Mantashe, published a notice in the government gazette on 28 June 2018 stating that there will be a restriction, in terms of section 49(1) of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 (“MPRDA”), on the granting of applications for technical co-operation permits, exploration rights and production rights in terms of section 76, 79, and 83 of the MPRDA, from the date of publication of the notice (28 June 2018) until the publication of a notice of invitation for applications. Section 49 of the MPRDA itself refers to, inter alia, mining and prospecting right applications, but this provision is made applicable to applications for technical co-operation permits, exploration rights and production rights by virtue of section 69 of the MPRDA. Minister Mantashe’s notice is a final notice and is therefore effective as of 28 June 2018. The designated areas for restriction are depicted in a diagram attached to the notice, which depicts all of South Africa’s onshore and offshore petroleum acreage.
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