The Ministry of Mines and Energy has announced a moratorium on all mineral rights applications for a period of nine months.
Simon Andreas, Mines, and Energy ministry spokesperson, said that the ministry will neither consider nor process new applications for mineral rights for a period of nine months effective from 18 November 2020 to 17 August 2021.
Andreas stated that this is because the ministry is busy reviewing the requirements and procedures under the minerals – Prospecting and Mining Act of 1992 relating to the application for mineral rights – and other provisions not included in the Act.
He added that the purpose of the review is to update and align the application requirements and procedures to best practices and current national policy, streamline fees and provide for an effective procedure within the law given global development since 1992.
“In this regard, the ministry invites the public, the mining industry, and any affected or interested persons to submit written representations and comments within the next seven working days from 6 November 2020,” Andreas stated.
He added that the mining industry and the public will have an opportunity to comment on the draft policy and legal framework for granting new mineral licenses.
The reviewed draft document will be communicated to the public and availed on the ministry’s website.