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Mining for whom? - A minor field study of the implementation of a legislative reform in the South African mining industry

Andersson, Lina LU (2010) STVK01 20101
Department of Political Science
Abstract
Natural resources hold a great potential for both economic and social development in developing countries. Many countries in Africa today are rich in natural resources but remain poor and underdeveloped. Policies and legislation within this sector need to provide a good framework in order for the natural resources to be properly managed. This report aims at discussing the difficulties in managing natural resources in the specific case of South Africa, and the country’s new legislation; the Mineral Petroleum Resources Development Act of 2002. The act shifted the ownership of all the mineral rights to belong to the people with the state as its custodian with the purpose of, among other things, promote black ownership of mineral rights. This... (More)
Natural resources hold a great potential for both economic and social development in developing countries. Many countries in Africa today are rich in natural resources but remain poor and underdeveloped. Policies and legislation within this sector need to provide a good framework in order for the natural resources to be properly managed. This report aims at discussing the difficulties in managing natural resources in the specific case of South Africa, and the country’s new legislation; the Mineral Petroleum Resources Development Act of 2002. The act shifted the ownership of all the mineral rights to belong to the people with the state as its custodian with the purpose of, among other things, promote black ownership of mineral rights. This report discusses the act from an implementation perspective. The discussion takes its departure in theories on the crucial stages for a successful implementation and possible causes behind implementation difficulties. The study concludes that the objectives have been more difficult to achieve than was expected. The legislation and its implementation process have suffered from both administrative and architectural weaknesses. The study has been carried out in South Africa through interviews with key person in the mining industry. (Less)
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author
Andersson, Lina LU
supervisor
organization
course
STVK01 20101
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
racial imbalances, South Africa, natural resources, implementation, mining
language
English
id
1653147
date added to LUP
2010-09-13 09:41:44
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2010-09-13 09:41:44
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  abstract     = {Natural resources hold a great potential for both economic and social development in developing countries. Many countries in Africa today are rich in natural resources but remain poor and underdeveloped. Policies and legislation within this sector need to provide a good framework in order for the natural resources to be properly managed. This report aims at discussing the difficulties in managing natural resources in the specific case of South Africa, and the country’s new legislation; the Mineral Petroleum Resources Development Act of 2002. The act shifted the ownership of all the mineral rights to belong to the people with the state as its custodian with the purpose of, among other things, promote black ownership of mineral rights. This report discusses the act from an implementation perspective. The discussion takes its departure in theories on the crucial stages for a successful implementation and possible causes behind implementation difficulties. The study concludes that the objectives have been more difficult to achieve than was expected. The legislation and its implementation process have suffered from both administrative and architectural weaknesses. The study has been carried out in South Africa through interviews with key person in the mining industry.},
  author       = {Andersson, Lina},
  keyword      = {racial imbalances,South Africa,natural resources,implementation,mining},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Mining for whom? - A minor field study of the implementation of a legislative reform in the South African mining industry},
  year         = {2010},
}