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On 28 May 2019, the President of the Republic of South Africa, the Honourable Cyril Ramaphosa, announced the merger between the Departments of Mineral Resources and of Energy (now known as the DMRE). Subsequently, and in line with Parliamentary requirements, parliamentarians were appointed to serve on various Parliamentary Portfolio Committees (PPC). The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy embarked on an oversight visit to all DMRE entities in view of introducing its members to these entities and their various functions.

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The community ofKwaMachi, near Harding in the South Coast of KwaZuluNatal has in recent times claimed to have found gold in the area. The Council for Geoscience (CGS) being the custodian of all geoscientific information in the land, was then tasked by the Minister of Mineral Resources Hon. Gwede Mantashe to investigate the veracity of the purported gold. In June 2018, the CGS conducted investigations in the Harding quarry where the aggregate was mined to maintain local roads and where the local community claimed to have found a gold deposit. In the first investigation, rock samples were collected from the quarry andanalysed at the MINTEK Laboratory in Johannesburg. The 150 m by 150 m quarry was used primarily as a source of aggregates for improving the condition of the local roads. Although the first set of results showed that the quarry did not contain gold, the CGS decided to conduct further investigations.

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