Rhino Oil and Gas Exploration South Africa (Pty) Ltd has lodged an application for an Exploration Right with the Petroleum Agency South Africa (PASA). The application, submitted in terms of Section 79 of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 (No. 28 of 2002) (MPRDA), was accepted by PASA. Minerals included in the application are oil, gas, condensate, coal bed methane, helium and biogenic gas. The Exploration Right (ER) application area is broad and encompasses parts of the Free State and northern KwaZulu-Natal (see Figure 1). Rhino Oil and Gas previously held a Technical Cooperation Permit (TCP 158) over this area.
- Background Document – information and maps – 2018-11_Rhino 346 ER – BID English
- Properties in the 346 ER Exploration Right application area 2018-11_Rhino 346 ER – Property List
- Maps (7mb)2018-11_Rhino 346 ER – Maps
The Exploration Right application area extends from the Mooi River/Estcourt region of KwaZulu-Natal, north past Winterton, Bergville and Van Reenen’s to just south of Memel in the Free State. The ER application area extends westward, skirting the Lesotho border, past Phuthaditjhaba and Clarens. In the far northwest the ER application area extends past Bethlem and Lindley. The ER application area includes 6 060 farms over an area of approximately 1 000 000 ha (see Figure 1). A list of the properties included in the ER application area is provided in Attachment A. The ER application area excludes all properties where the granting of an ER is prohibited by Section 48 of the MPRDA.
It is imperative that all associations and interested persons register as an Affected Interested Party (IAP). To register as an I&AP on the project database and/or wish to raise any initial issues or concerns regarding the proposed project, you need to complete the Registration and Response Form and forward it to SLR at your earliest convenience. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For comments to be included in the Scoping Report they must reach SLR by no later than 14 December 2018. I&APs registered on the project’s database will receive notification of further consultation opportunities, report review periods and the final authority decision.
Kwanalu will continue attending to this matter and look forward to receiving inputs from members. Kwanalu is already in discussion with numerous relevant persons, institutions, and legal practitioners in order to attend to this matter. At this time 2 specific documents which we highlight and are available which were drafted by our legal advisors when we started dealing with the matter of mining and exploration. On the Kwanalu website under the member’s area, mining you will also find numerous other documents relating to mining and exploration activities for your use.
A reminder should anyone wish to access your property the On Farm Protocol must be applied. This protocol can also be found on our website.