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The evolving regulatory landscape in the mining industry (including the Mining Charter, as amended, and the Codes of Good Practice for the Mineral Industry) has led to a growing number of administrative disputes over the granting of prospecting and mining rights. In addition, mining companies are subject to increasingly stringent environmental regulation, particularly around waste management and rehabilitation of the surface of the earth disturbed during prospecting and mining. Werksmans mining & resources lawyers come with extensive experience in structuring mining transactions to meet these legislative and regulatory requirements, including the impact of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Royalty Act.

The team has a well-established international network. Mining clients include North American, European and Australian companies, as well as some of the major South African mining houses and empowerment mining companies.

Specialist services we are known for include: Advising on the MPRDA; Mining Charter and Codes of Good Practice; black economic empowerment legislation and regulation; mergers & acquisitions; environmental law (including waste management); mine health and safety; Joint Venture and Pooling and Sharing agreements; mining and prospecting statutory and regulatory compliance; and processing and off-take agreements.

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What the team is known for

The Werksmans mining and natural resources department is frequently instructed by leading South African mining houses on major M&A deals and financing. The group's recent work includes a large number of disposal transactions. The firm is also well versed in dispute resolution and business rescue, as well as providing regulatory and compliance advice. The team is well placed to assist with prospecting and mining rights, surface use issues and environmental matters.

Work Highlights

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  • Werksmans, led by Chris Stevens, advised Nkwe Platinum in relation to its ZAR1 billion development of the Garatau platinum mine.

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Chris Stevens
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Johannesburg-based Chris Stevens enjoys a stellar reputation for his experience in the mining and mineral rights space. He is frequently called upon by leading industry operators and producers to handle both transactions and litigation matters.
"He has extensive experience in the mining field to an extent that I will call him an expert of the field." "He is a great lawyer to work with and very insightful about mineral issues."

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Adam Pyzikowski

Athi Jara

Bulelwa Mabasa

Chris Stevens

Head of Department

David Gewer

Des Williams

Helen Michael

Hendrik Kotze

Janene Meiring

Jannie de Villiers

Jonathan Stockwell

Jones Antunes

Justin Truter

Kathleen Louw

Lureshan Naidoo

Neil Kirby

Stephan Lochner