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PAIA Requests for Environmental Records

Request to the DMRE for Section 93 Notice issued to Mineral Sands Resources (Pty) Ltd regarding Tormin Mine

7 July 2021

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy
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Mineral Sands Resources (Pty) Ltd (MSR) operates the Tormin Mineral Sands Mine (“Tormin Mine”) on the West Coast, Western Cape Province. MSR is a subsidiary of Mineral Commodities Limited (MRC).

On 6 July 2021, the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) wrote to the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) requesting confirmation as to whether an order in terms of section 93 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act 28 of 2002 (MPRDA) had been issued to MSR in the last 12 months in relation to its Tormin Mine.

On 9 July 2021, the DMRE responded to the CER confirming that a section 93 notice was issued to MSR and that the notice is still in effect and has not been set aside (“the section 93 notice”).

The DMRE advised that the CER lodge a request in terms of the PAIA for a copy of the section 93 notice.

We accordingly requested copies of the following records:

  • the section 93 notice issued by the DMRE to MSR; and
  • any correspondence between the DMRE and MSR (and/or MRC) regarding the above section 93 order.

Documents submitted in PAIA Request:

On 29 October 2021 the CER received notification that access to the records had been granted and instructed CER to liaise with the DMRE’s Western Cape Regional Office for copies of the records.

For further information please email [email protected].