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South African Government Policy: Library Guide: Minerals and mining

Bibliographic records and links of South African government policies, plans and strategies


The 1998 White Paper is still the current policy document. Recent developments include the Broad-based Socio-economic Empowerment Charter for the Mining and Minerals Industry, 2018.

You may pick up information in the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources' reports and proceedings on the Parliamentary Monitoring Group website.

Artisanal and small-scale mining

South Africa.  Department of Mineral Resources and Energy. Discussion document: artisanal and small--scale mining policy, 2021. Pretoria: Government Printing Works, 5 May 2021. 

White papers

South Africa. Department of Minerals and Energy. A minerals and mining policy for South Africa : white paper. Pretoria: Department of Minerals and Energy, 1998. Shelf no. G 68 E.MINE.98.MINE

White paper on the mineral policy of the Republic of South Africa. Pretoria: Govt. Printer, 1986. Shelf no. G 68 EWP J/1986


Draft policies

A minerals and mining policy for South Africa : green paper for public discussion. Pretoria: Department of Minerals and Energy, 1997. Shelf no. G 68 E.MINE.97.MINE

Discussion document on a minerals and mining policy for South Africa. Pretoria: Dept. of Mineral and Energy Affairs, 1995. Shelf no. G 68 E.MINE.95.DISC


South Africa. Department of Mineral Resources. A benefication strategy for the minerals industry of South Africa. Pretoria : Department of Mineral Resources, June 2011.

Technology Innovation Agency. The mining sector innovations strategies implementation plan, 2012/13-2016/17. Pretoria : Technology Innovation Agency.

Public consultations

Minerals and mining policy public workshops, 1 & 2 and 19 & 20 March 1996. Johannesburg?]: The Committee, 1996. Shelf no. G 68 E.MINE.96.MINE (2 volumes)