WWF Review and Analysis of the Mine Closure and Financial Provision for the Environmental Rehabilitation Regime in South Africa

The mining sector, which has been a prominent feature of the South African economy over the years, has left a legacy of environmental degradation in its wake. Despite this, comprehensive legislation to regulate environmental management and mine closure processes (including financial provision requirements) only materialised in recent years. As a result, many historical mining operations were abandoned by their operators with little or no regard to the management of the impacts on public health and safety, and the environment.

WWF’s Briefing Note, Review and Analysis of the Mine Closure and Financial Provision for the Environmental Rehabilitation Regime in South Africa, examines regulation of financial provision for remediation of environmental damage under ‘One Environmental System’ and, beyond that, to draft regulations for the future.

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