06 June 2019
Zambia lured by the siren song of resource nationalism
Zambia, the world’s seventh-largest copper producer, is the latest leading African mining jurisdiction to succumb to the siren song of resource nationalism. In recent years this trend has seen international miners and their host governments in Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo clash...
18 March 2019
Mining Charter III: certainty, but at a cost
The Broad-Based Socio-Economic Empowerment Charter for the Mining and Minerals Industry, 2018 ( Mining Charter III or the Charter ) came into force on Friday, 1 March 2019 - almost three years after the publication of the first draft. This brought to a close nearly three years of uncertainty and...
22 January 2019
Will 2019 elections shake up the Nigerian economy?
What to do about the economy, corruption and oil are just some of the issues dividing Nigerian politicians and splitting voters in the presidential and national assembly elections this year. Will it be more of the same for Nigeria in 2019, or will it be the year that offers the electorate a real...
05 October 2018
The Quest for a Balanced Host Government Contract: an MSGBC Basin Perspective
The Changing Landscape of the Oil and Gas Sector The recent discoveries in the MSGBC basin (covering Mauritania, Senegal, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Guinea-Conakry) have triggered a great deal of hope for the upstream industry, the host States and their populations. Indeed, the development of...
13 September 2018
Tanzania's new integrity pledge for mining companies: does it meet international best practice?
Since July 2017, the Government of Tanzania has introduced significant regulatory reforms to the mining industry (as well as the nascent upstream oil and gas industry). See our previous notes on these reforms here , here and here .
28 August 2018
THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO’S NEW PRICING FREEDOM AND COMPETITION ACT
On 9 July 2018, the Democratic Republic of Congo (“ DRC ”) joined the group of African countries that have recently established modern domestic competition law regimes, after President Joseph Kabila signed into law the Organic Law no. 18/020 on Pricing Freedom and Competition (the “ Competition Act...
15 August 2018
Getting the deal through: Mining 2018 (South Africa Chapter)
The mining industry has historically been a key driver of the South African economy. Economic activity in modern-day Soth Africa has been centered on mining activities, their ancillary services and supplies. The country's stock exchange in Johannesburg was established in 1887, a decade after the...
25 July 2018
Expropriation of land without compensation
Following the South African Parliament’s decision to investigate expropriation of land without compensation, there has been a spike in land invasions across the country. Land owners and persons in control of land need to be vigilant and act quickly to protect their property interests. While there...
12 June 2018
Climate Change Bill - Summary and content
On 8 June 2018 the Minister of Environmental Affairs published the Climate Change Bill (“ the Bill ”) for public comment. The Bill provides a framework for climate change regulation in South Africa aimed at governing South Africa’s sustainable transition to a climate resilient, low carbon economy...
03 May 2018
South African mining outlook for 2018: Environmental and climate change resilience
The South African government has committed to reducing greenhouse gas ( GHG ) emissions to meet its nationally-determined contribution commitments in accordance with the Paris Agreement. In order to achieve these objectives, the South African government needs to implement regulatory and other...
20 December 2022
WHISTLEBLOWING: THE GERMAN PARLIAMENT PASSES THE WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION ACT
Whistleblowers will be able to draw attention to violations of laws and regulations in companies and public authorities more easily and without fear of reprisals. This is the aim of a draft law by the federal government (20/3442), which the German Parliament passed on 16 December 2022 in a version...
20 December 2022
DEFRA ISSUES ENVIRONMENTAL TARGETS
On 16 December 2022, DEFRA issued its consultation response setting out the final form of the environmental targets required by section 1 of the Environment Act 2021. The targets were due to be adopted on 31st October 2022 but delayed to allow time to deal with a large volume of responses to...
20 December 2022
UK environmental law in 2023 – What to expect
It's now over a year since the Environment Act 2021 received Royal Assent. What progress has been made, and what should we be on the watch for in 2023? Our Real Estate Development Yule Blog takes a look at three areas of interest: mandatory biodiversity net gain ; environmental deadlines ; and the...