The Department of Mineral Resources has welcomed the Constitutional Court judgment on the Kumba-ICT matter, which was handed down yesterday.
It is clear that the Department was fully justified in appealing the decisions of the North Gauteng High Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal in order to obtain legal certainty in this matter. This is also reflected in the costs order made by the Constitutional Court.
The judgment has confirmed the constitutionality of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, as well as well as the role of the State as custodian of minerals.
It has also further confirmed the role of the State in imposing conditions, linked to the awarding of rights.