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Mining | South Africa

Mining continues to be a focal industry in South Africa and our economy. CMS South Africa works with local and global mining clients in realising their strategic goals. 

Our dedicated team of multidisciplinary lawyers, some of whom have experience working in mining houses, have built a strong track record for acting on large, complex, high-profile transactions.  We are known for our agility, versatility and ability to manage risk and leverage opportunities.

Working with our local CMS Africa colleagues based across Southern, Lusophone and Francophone offices, we are wherever you need us. 

What we offer

Our experience and expertise covers all aspects of mining law and related areas in Africa, including:

  • anti-bribery and corruption compliance
  • Black economic empowerment structuring and transactions
  • commercial disputes, including dispute resolution, litigation, arbitration and mediation
  • corporate and forensic investigations 
  • due diligence investigations
  • financing, including assets, projects and trade and commodity finance and derivatives
  • insolvency, business rescue and debt restructurings and recovery
  • joint ventures
  • liaising with the Department of Mineral Resources
  • listings on various stock exchanges including the JSE, AltX, ASX and AIM
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • mineral rights and titles, including licensing, prospecting, mining, royalty and development agreements
  • The Mining Charter
  • negotiating specific agreements, including purchase, contractorship, operating and maintenance agreements, tolling agreements
  • property rights and titles
  • regulation, including occupational health and safety, competition and employment law
  • Section 11 applications
  • statutory claims arising from mining activities
  • support on administrative and constitutional law issues applicable to mining projects
  • tax, including corporate tax, mining tax, commercial projects, exchange control and transfer pricing 
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