Mineral Resources

National Department Budget for 2016-17

Vote purpose

Promote and regulate the minerals and mining sector for transformation, growth and development. Ensure that all South Africans derive sustainable benefits from the country’s mineral wealth.


The mandate of the Department of Mineral Resources is broadly informed by the following:

  • the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (2002), which provides the regulatory framework for equitable access to and the sustainable development of mineral resources and related matters

  • the Mine Health and Safety Act (1996), which governs mine health and safety the 1998 White Paper on the Minerals and Mining Policy for South Africa, which provides the framework for the transparent and efficient regulation of the mineral resources and mineral industry.

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