Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe has announced his intention to scrap the amendment to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 (“MPRDA”). The amendment has been stuck in the National Council of Provinces for ages, after having had a long struggle in the parliamentary process before that. While many are saying unequivocally that the intended scrapping of the amendment is a good thing, I am not so sure it is all good. The amendment contained some useful clarifications, especially regarding associated minerals and the treatment of mine dumps and tailings (the regulation of which is a mess under the existing MPRDA and is plagued by uncertainty). We now seem to be headed back to square one.