It won’t surprise you to learn that a mining permit is needed before a company can begin a mining operation. What many new mining companies are not entirely sure of is how to apply for such permits, and that’s why they need mining consultants to advise you.
To give you a head start, here’s a quick overview of what you need to do to get your mining permit.
Who issues the permit?
Mining permits in South Africa are issued by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). The DMR controls the prospecting and mining operations in the country, in order to encourage responsible extraction of mineral resources and environmental management.
How long does the permit last?
Mining permits are valid for a period of time not exceeding two years, but they may be renewed for three further periods of no more than one year each. This means that a mining permit can last for a maximum of five years.
Considering the size of mining operations, two to five years is not very much time at all. That is why many mines contract mining consultants to take on the authority of mining plans and planning execution. These consultants have a wealth of experience spanning many mines and mine lifetimes, so they are perfectly qualified to manage the planning for dealing with these time constraints.
How to apply
All applications can be done via the SAMRAD (South African Mineral Resources Administration) Online system. Simply register as a user and follow the prompts through the system, pay the necessary fees, and if all the requirements are met and your application is accepted you will be notified.
That, in a nutshell, is the process. However, to get the best possible advice and assistance you should always contact a mining consultant and ensure that all your plans are in place.