AngloPlat goes to court

6 November, 2006 at 11:12 am | Posted in Companies | Leave a comment

Anglo Platinum (Angloplat) is challenging in court the refusal by the department of minerals and energy to issue eight prospecting licences, up from four previously reported in September.
Jacinto Rocha, the department of minerals and energy deputy director-general of mineral regulation, confirmed that the department had refused to issue Angloplat with prospecting licences. However, he declined to disclose the number of licences involved.

“If Anglo Platinum is taking the department to court, it is [its] constitutional right and not an indication of a dispute between Anglo Platinum and the department,” he said.

The department would not disclose the reasons for the refusals to the media, as this was “unprofessional” and “unprocedural”.

Trevor Raymond, Angloplat’s spokesperson, said: “We have placed eight matters before the court to review the department’s decisions.” No Pretoria high court dates had been set, but the court was unlikely to hear the matter before the end of this year, Raymond said.

Angloplat has applied for the conversion of 19 old order prospecting rights and had been granted conversions for 16 of these rights. Three of these prospecting rights were pending.

The group had applied for 29 new prospecting rights. Eight of these applications had been refused and 21 were still in the application process.

The department had refused eight of the applications for various reasons, Raymond said. The group was hoping to resolve the matter through dialogue, but had kept its right open to pursue it in court by placing the eight matters before the court.



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