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Mining Law

Impact of the amendment of the Legal Guarantee of Stability in respect of Existing Mining Projects in the DRC

The Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) commenced the review process in respect of its Act No. 007/2002 of 11 July 2002 on Mining Code (Mining Code) in 2012. The process eventually culminated in the promulgation by the President of the Republic of the act amending the Mining Code (“Amending Act”)[2]. As promulgated, the Amending Act contains provisions which considerably affect the fiscal, customs and exchange regimes of the Mining Code and a number of critical provisions for the protection of existing mining Projects, in particular, Article 276 related to the Guarantee of Stability (“Legal Guarantee of Stability”)[3]. In this analysis, we will first...

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A New Legal Framework to Promote the Public-Private Partnership in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

By Upio Kakura Wapol On February 11, 2014, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) enacted the Law No 14/005 creating tax, customs and parafiscal system of non-tax revenues and exchange control system applicable to Cooperation Agreements and Cooperation Projects, "PPP Law". This law is substantiated by the will of the DRC to implement a public-private partnership aimed at raising significant funds to further the implementation of huge reconstruction and development programme designed to provide the country with core infrastructures in order to upgrade the social welfare of population. The cooperation agreement and cooperation projects shall be the subject of the private-public...

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Mining legislation in the Republic of the Congo

Emery Mukendi Wafwana and Sancy Lenoble Matschinga The Republic of the Congo, often called Congo-Brazzaville, is a country located in Central Africa that straddles the Equator line and covers a surface of 342,000 km2 with a population of approximately four (4) million. The country is bordered by Central African Republic and the Republic of Cameroon to the north, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the south and east, the Republic of Angola (Cabinda) in the south and the Republic of Gabon to the west. The Republic of Congo has a sea coastline of 170 km along the Atlantic Ocean. The Republic of...

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Burkina Faso: Le Conseil des ministres adopte le projet de loi portant Code Minier

Jonathan  van Kempen and Antoine Luntadila Kibanga Le 2 octobre 2013, le Conseil des ministres du Burkina Faso a adopté un projet de loi portant Code Minier en République du Burkina Faso. Ce projet de loi, visant à modifier et remplacer la loi n°031-2003/AN du 08 mai 2003 portant Code Minier au Burkina Faso, était en discussion depuis le début de l’année 2012. Par l’adoption de ce nouveau code minier, le Burkina Faso entend principalement augmenter ses recettes fiscales du secteur minier tout en mettant l’accent sur la promotion de son économie locale et la contribution du secteur minier au développement...

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New exploitation license (environmental): new requirement for mining operators in the DRC

Esther-Rose Lufuta Biduaya and Eric Tshimanga Mukendi The emergence of various environmental issues and their negative impacts on the quality of life, including the reduction in biodiversity, soil, air and water pollution, has urged the International Community to adopt multilateral environmental agreements engaging countries to develop ancillary national laws, policies, plans and programs to regulate and supervise human activities and to mitigate their impact on the environment, constitutes the common heritage for all human beings. In accordance with these agreements and the DRC Constitution (”DRC” of February 18, 2013 as amended to date, particularly article 123-15, Law No. 11/009 dated July 9, 2011...

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Amendment on the Mine Health and Safety Act (No. 29 of 1996)

Michele da Silva da Mata and Fulgence Kalema Bwatunda In South Africa, the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 (Act No. 29 of 1996) as amended (“the act”), providing for the protection of the health and safety of employees and other persons affected by the South African mining industry has been amended. The current amendment is related to Chapter 11 of the Regulations in terms of act. The exit certificate in section 17 must include details regarding a least the following: particulars of mine, particulars of employees and exit medical summary. The Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate was established in terms of the act,...

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