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South Africa's critical minerals landscape is poised for growth, with challenges and opportunities intertwined.

South Africa’s critical minerals landscape poised for growth

South Africa’s critical minerals landscape poised for growth South Africa‘s critical minerals landscape is poised for growth, with challenges and opportunities intertwined. By Dominic Varrie, Methembeni Moyo and Lili Nupen at law firm NSDV South Africa’s critical minerals (CRMs) industry stands at the intersection of immense potential and significant challenges. The surge in demand for […]

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South Africa’s JETP creates mining opportunities

South Africa’s JETP creates mining opportunities     South Africa’s recently developed Just Energy Transition Implementation Plan (JETP) which came into effect in 2023, promises a carbon-less future for the country and provides a comprehensive framework for the implementation of the just transition away from coal, in fulfilment of the country’s obligations under the Paris Agreement By

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Is deregulation the answer to SA’s Zama-Zama crisis?

Is deregulation the answer to SA’s Zama-Zama crisis?  The primary victims of South Africa’s one size fit all stringent mining regulatory system are the local artisanal and small-scale mining. By Dominic Varrie Candidate Attorney at NSDV  South Africa is hailed the world over for its mineral wealth and has hosted a thriving large-scale mining industry since

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EU’s new Act creates opportunity for junior miners

EU’s new Act creates opportunity for junior miners  The global race for critical minerals is on. Driven by recent shifts in geopolitical priorities between the West and the East, and the world’s march towards green industries and renewable energy, the demand for Southern Africa’s critical minerals has reached unprecedented heights.  By Methembeni Moyo, Mining and

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SA law firm grows by 24% as demand for expertise across Africa surges

SA law firm grows by 24% as demand for expertise across Africa surges South African law firm NSDV has grown with more than 24% on the back of an increase in demand for mining and environmental expertise across Africa. NSDV recently appointed seven new people to its highly specialised mining team.         Last year NSDV

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Suppliers and service providers urged to expand African footprint

Suppliers and service providers urged to expand African footprint If you are a supplier or service provider in the mining, energy, agriculture and infrastructure sectors, now is the time to expand your footprint into Africa. By Leon Louw owner and editor of WhyAfrica Many African countries are in the process of shunning their chequered past

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Can a mining company get ‘SLAPP-ed’?

Can a mining company get ‘SLAPP-ed’?  Can a mining company get ‘SLAPP-ed’? The short answer is… probably not. By Muhammed Khan, Director at NSDV. By Muhammed Khan When we think about ‘SLAPP’ or Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation, we think about big companies using their considerable resources to institute litigious proceedings, seeking exorbitant amounts of

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WhyAfrica Road Trip Review magazine now available

WhyAfrica Road Trip Review magazine now available A little more than a month after WhyAfrica’s Southern Africa Road Trip finished in an overcast and rainy Johannesburg, our Road Trip Review magazine in now available. By Leon Louw founder and editor of WhyAfrica You can click on the link to download this special edition which focusses

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WhyAfrica Road Trip 2022: Southern Africa is alive and kicking!

WhyAfrica Road Trip 2022: Southern Africa is alive and kicking! After spending the last 42 days travelling almost 9000km overland between five Southern African countries, and visiting 32 project sites in the process, all indications are that business in Southern Africa is not only alive and kicking, but, on the ground, the region is making

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WhyAfrica’s Road Trip aims to benefit business in Africa

WhyAfrica’s Road Trip aims to benefit business in Africa Two years in the making, WhyAfrica’s Southern Africa Overland Road Trip 2022 will leave Johannesburg on Monday 20 June to embark on a unique experience set to benefit business in Africa and companies doing business on the continent.         By Leon Louw owner and editor of

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WhyAfrica takes to the road

WhyAfrica takes to the road Covid-19 and subsequent restrictions to control the pandemic’s spread, have been devastating for the African continent. An unintended consequence of the calamity is that reliable, grassroots information about doing business in African countries, has been hard to come by. By Leon Louw owner and editor of WhyAfrica In June, July, and August

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Law as an environmental safety net

Law as an environmental safety net    Environmental law provides a ‘safety net’ should developments fail to address an environmental problem, Minette Le Roux, Principal Environmental Specialist and Head of the Environmental Department at NSDV tells WhyAfrica during a recent interview. By Leon Louw owner and editor of WhyAfrica Minette, you have an environmental background and

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Promotions after exceptional growth at NSDV

Promotions after exceptional growth at NSDV   Promotions after exceptional growth at NSDV   NSDV, Africa’s first fully integrated law and consultancy firm specialising in mining, construction, and environmental law announced three senior promotions after growing the firm from three founding members to 28 legal/ corporate consultants and support staff over the past three years.

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Legal solution allows construction companies to build more and pay lawyers less

Legal solution allows construction companies to build more and pay lawyers less The contract management process can be complicated and time-consuming for construction companies, often distracting the business from its core pursuit of delivering projects on time and within budget. After several years in the industry, construction contract specialist Cameron Staude, Director and Co-founder at

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SA law firm’s compliance solution removes complexity in mining

SA law firm’s compliance solution removes complexity in mining South African specialist law firm NSDV has created an outsourced compliance solution that will assist mining companies doing business in Africa.     The global trend towards green energy and sustainable environmental management is placing almost impossible regulatory pressure on mining companies and the bodies that regulate

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Unpacking exploration in Africa’s sensitive ecosystems

By Leon Louw, founder and editor of WhyAfrica 15 June 2021 – ReconAfrica’s oil and gas exploration in the Kavango Basin of Namibia has placed a renewed focus on exploration projects adjacent to or within protected areas, national parks, or UNESCO World Heritage sites. In this article, we unpack exploration in Africa’s sensitive ecosystems.   

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