How To Apply Mining permit in South Africa: 2021/2022

How To Apply Mining permit in South Africa: 2021/2022

How To Apply Mining permit in South Africa: If you want to conduct mining operations you need to obtain a mining permit from the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE).

No person is allowed to mine without a mining permit.

Mining permits are not transferable. They are aimed at controlling prospecting and mining, having regard to considerations for health and safety, environmental management and the responsible extraction of minerals.

A mining permit is valid for the period specified on the permit, but may not exceed two years. It may however be renewed for three more periods of no more than a year each.

A mining permit may only be issued if:

  • the mineral in question can be mined optimally for two years
  • the mining area does not exceed 1,5 ha.

What you should do

  1. Apply online(link is external)
  2. Pay the prescribed, non-refundable fee.
  3. The system will accept the application if all requirements have been met.
  4. Once your application has been accepted, the regional manager will request that you submit an environmental management plan and consult with the landowner and legal occupier of the land as well as any other affected party.
  5. Submit a written outcome of the consultation to the regional manager within 30 days.
  6. The Minister of Mineral Resources will issue a mining permit if all the requirements have been met.

How long does it take

The South African Mineral Resources Administration System will inform you immediately if your application has been accepted (this means you have met all the requirements).

How much does it cost

Contact the Department of Mineral Resources about the costs.

Forms to complete

All applications should be done online(link is external).

Who to contact

E-mail: [email protected]

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

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