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NMCS2 (National Mine Closure Strategy) Environmental Practitioners Consultation


A second phase of consultation on the NMCS has now been commissioned by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy. The Council for Geoscience along with Prof Michael Solomon has been engaged as the lead advisor to manage the process.


They are adopting a totally new, interactive approach for this round of consultation. As mining practitioners, you are well aware that the commonly accepted practice for consultation is for Government to solicit written comment on gazetted policy or strategy documents. This tends to solicit highly positional comment that is often not constructive in achieving the spirit and intent of the strategy. It is hoped to change this format to a more constructive and collaborative way of approaching critical; policy issues. Having now received written comment for the first round of consultation, for the second phase we would like to adopt a far more proactive and interactive approach to the core concepts presented in the strategy and the written comments and opinions on these.


A number of constituency-based webinars will be held where issues pertinent to the respective constituencies can be discussed openly and collaboratively and in which we can get direct and constructive feedback. The constituencies include government at various levels, industries, organized labour and civil society organisations.


The primary objective of this imperative is to have a constructive, common-interest based discussion on what will work and what will not work for a strategy that will serve the interests of government, industry and the stakeholders themselves. This is therefore a golden opportunity for all affected parties to help shape the mine closure strategy into something that will work for them as well as the country as a whole.


This workshop with key mining environmental practitioners hopes to ensure that what is proposed in the strategy supplements and complements existing policies, statutes and regulations. It is critical to the success of this endeavour that we establish a legally sound and implementable baseline strategy that create constructive grounds for further discussion with other constituencies: we need to get the legal 'nitty-gritty' out of the way so that we can focus on the spirit and intent of the strategy.


As many practitioners as possible are encouraged to attend and participate in this critical workshop on the NMCS. The workshop will be very structured and dealing with the key issues emerging from the first round of comments. The advantage to your input is that at the end of the day the environmental practitioners and impact assessors are the implementers and evaluators of these policies. You know what works and does not work.


By participating in these sessions you will be able to place emphasis on the specific issues are critical to this specific constituency. The DMRE/CGS Team will be in the room to observe the workshop and to field any clarifications. I must emphasise however that under my chairmanship and facilitation there will be no positional debate. This will be an interest-based workshop with a specific agenda to find a model that works, with your participation as opposed to comment. My intention is to get the Minerals Council collaborating with DMRE on this key issue. I am aware that Reuben Masenya already has had a dialogue with you in July 2021, and this in no way infringes on this discourse.


The workshop will be recorded and transcript summaries will be made of each webinar;

These summaries will be sent back to you for ratification and amendment; and

The summaries as well as the responses to the questionnaires and the transcript will constitute formal feedback on the strategy.


This feedback will be supplementary to your previous written comment.


We look forward to your participation in the process.

Agenda

9 AM - 9:30 AM
Introductions and Context
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Presentation on the core aspects of the Strategy
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Discussion on the presentation
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Discussion on other key issues
12:30 PM - 12:45 PM
Feedback questionnaire
12:45 PM - 1 PM
Final comments and ‘Way Forward’

Speakers

  • Prof Michael Solomon (Professor Economic Complexity of Natural Resource Clusters Department of Chemical Engineering at UCT)

    Prof Michael Solomon

    Professor Economic Complexity of Natural Resource Clusters Department of Chemical Engineering at UCT

    http://www.mineralstometals.uct.ac.za/

    Professor Solomon is a mining engineer of 39 years of experience in the gold, platinum, diamond and coal sectors. Inter alia Senior Mining Engineer for SRK Consulting, Principal Mining Engineer for Bateman Projects (Van Eck and Lurie) and Principal Mining Engineer and Director Mining for the Mineral Corporation. Chief Executive of JSE-listed Wesizwe Platinum, from early stage exploration in 2004 to capital construction in 2011.

    Drafting team for the post-democratic South African mining policy from 1992-1994; Senior Policy Analyst, Minerals and Energy Policy Centre; South African Ministerial Water Advisory Committee and several Judicial and Ministerial Commissions of Enquiry into the minerals industry; he United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Expert Group on Minerals Beneficiation; Expert advisor to the UNECA High Level Dialogue on Accelerating the Rwandan Economy for the Rwandan Presidency.

    Served on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Mining and Metals for its entire tenure from 2008-2016, is a Fellow of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), is a Member of Council of the Institute and is the Chairman of its Mineral Economics Division and a member for the Agricultural Economists Association of South Africa (AEASA).

    Prof Solomon served on the Board of ASX-listed Gold One as Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Health, Safety and Environment Committee. Currently sits on the Boards of the United Nations Global Compact in South Africa and the Federation for a Sustainable Environment and is a member of the Steering Committee of the National Agricultural Development Agency in South Africa and chairs the Policy Committee of that body.

    He is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town specialising in the economic complexity of natural resource clusters.

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IAIAsa is a Membership Association constituted to serve its members in good standing. Non-Members are therefore always obliged to make a payment to attend IAIAsa Events.

This discussion forum is being offered by IAIAsa to non-members at no cost to facilitate the input of the consulting sector into a series of constituency-based webinars being held by the DMRE and its consultants, where issues pertinent to the respective constituencies can be discussed openly and collaboratively to provide the DMRE and its consultants direct and constructive feedback. It is hoped that this interactive approach to the concepts presented in the strategy and the written comments and opinions on these will be more holistic and constructive.

IAIAsa's Purpose, as defined in Strategy 2025, is to advance sustainable outcomes for the people and the environment in South Africa. Our Mission is To create engaging and collaborative spaces for Integrated Environmental Management (IEM)practitioners to advance in skills and knowledge through continuing professional development (CPD).

Standard Price Free
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IAIAsa is a Membership Association constituted to serve its members in good standing. Non-Members are therefore always obliged to make a payment to attend IAIAsa Events.

This discussion forum is being offered by IAIAsa to non-members at no cost to facilitate the input of the consulting sector into a series of constituency-based webinars being held by the DMRE and its consultants, where issues pertinent to the respective constituencies can be discussed openly and collaboratively to provide the DMRE and its consultants direct and constructive feedback. It is hoped that this interactive approach to the concepts presented in the strategy and the written comments and opinions on these will be more holistic and constructive.

IAIAsa's Purpose, as defined in Strategy 2025, is to advance sustainable outcomes for the people and the environment in South Africa. Our Mission is To create engaging and collaborative spaces for Integrated Environmental Management (IEM)practitioners to advance in skills and knowledge through continuing professional development (CPD).

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