Mineral Resources

National Department Budget for 2018-19

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 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 Minerals and Mining Policy for South Africa, which ensures the transparent and efficient regulation of the development of South Africa’s mineral resources and mineral industry to meet national objectives and bring optimum benefit to the nation.

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