Department of Mineral Resources (South Africa)

Department of Mineral Resources
Department overview
Formed 7 July 2009 (2009-07-07)
Preceding department
  • Department of Minerals and Energy
Type Department
Jurisdiction Government of South Africa
Headquarters Travenna Office Campus, 75 Meintjies Street, Sunnyside, Pretoria
25°44′56″S 28°12′05″E / 25.74889°S 28.20139°E / -25.74889; 28.20139
Employees 1 099 (2012)
Annual budget R1 394 million (2013–14)
Minister responsible
  • Ngoako Ramathlodi, Minister of Mineral Resources
Deputy Minister responsible
  • Godfrey Oliphant, Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources
Department executive
  • Dr Thibedi Ramontja, Director-General: Mineral Resources
Key documents

The Department of Mineral Resources is a department of the national government of South Africa which is responsible for overseeing the mining industry of South Africa and the exploitation of the country's mineral resources. The department's origins lie the creation in the 1890s of the "Department van Mijnwezen" (Department of Mining) in the government of the Transvaal Republic.[1] It has existed under its current name since 2009 when the Department of Minerals and Energy was divided and the Department of Energy was created. As of 2013 the political head of the department, the Minister of Mineral Resources, is Ngoako Ramatlhodi and his deputy is Godfrey Oliphant.

The department has its head office in the Trevenna Office Campus in Sunnyside, a suburb of the national capital Pretoria. There are regional offices in Polokwane, eMalahleni, Johannesburg, Klerksdorp, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Mthatha, Cape Town, Kimberley, Springbok and Welkom.[2] The department had 1 099 employees in 2012, and received a budget of R1 394 million for the 2013–14 financial year.[3]

The department's chief inspector of mines is David Msiza.[4]


  1. "About Us". Department of Mineral Resources. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  2. "Contact Us". Department of Mineral Resources. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  3. "Vote 32: Mineral Resources" (PDF). Estimates of National Expenditure 2013. Pretoria: National Treasury. 27 February 2013. ISBN 978-0-621-41454-7. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  4. "Doornkop mine not operational: Shabangu". IOL. SAPA. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014.

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