A "horror show" backlog of 5 326 unprocessed applications for prospecting and mining permits and rights, cessions and renewals.
By: Paul Miller
For my sins I sat in on the virtual Mineral Resources and Energy parliamentary portfolio committee meeting yesterday - 24 February 2021.
The DMRE officials have finally been forced to admit what the industry (and I) have been saying for years. SAMRAD is dysfunctional and the DMRE's administration of the South African mineral licensing regime is a disaster.
Allan Seccombe attended and wrote about it in the Business Day - the article is paywalled, but can be accessed here.
Schalk Burger also attended and wrote an article for Mining Weekly here.
Here is the backlog breakdown provided by the department.
The full presentation by the department can be dowloaded below.