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New Chief Executive Officer - Dr Phindile Masangane


The Board of Directors of Petroleum Agency SA are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Phindile Masangane as the organizations next Chief Executive Officer [CEO] with effect from the 1 May 2020. Dr Masangane brings to the position a wealth of knowledge and an array of experiences in the energy sector. Dr Phindile Masangane is arguably one of the best-qualified women in the South African energy more

Bereavement of Mr Stet Mushwana


It is with a heavy heart that PASA informs friends, colleagues, and associates
of the tragic passing away of Mr Stet Mushwana on the 17 December 2020.
He was employed as a Senior Environmental Coordinator at PASA at the time of his passing.
Stet played a crucial role in processing and evaluating applications for rights and permits, environmental monitoring and enforcement, contributed in various inter-departmental forums on environmental management matters, participated in the Operation Phakisa ‘Oceans Economy’ initiative and Shale Gas groundwater monitoring projects. He was also involved in coaching and mentoring Interns within the Environmental Compliance Department.
Stet lived the core values of the Petroleum Agency SA such as professional excellence, respect and teamwork. He has contributed immensely to the mission and vision of the Agency. His professional excellence and dedication to his work, humbleness, and never-ending smile will be sorely missed.
May his gentle soul rest in eternal peace.

Stet was laid to rest at his parental home in Nkowankowa in Tzaneen on Thursday, 24 December 2020.

Restriction Notice

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The Minister of Mineral Resources has published a notice in terms of section 49(1) of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 (Act No.28 of 2002) (MPRDA) restricting the granting of new applications for Technical co-operation Permits, Exploration and Production Rights pending the publication of a notice of invitation for applications.
It is significant to note that the restriction does not affect the exclusive rights conferred by the MPRDA on holders of Technical Co-operation Permits and Exploration Rights to apply for Exploration Rights or Production Rights respectively, as the case may be, and applications that were lodged prior to the publication notice. The restriction by the Minister is part of a licensing strategy that is primarily aimed at using licensing as a tool to achieve the transformation ideal encapsulated in section 2(d) of the MPRDA and  fast-track exploration. To that end, Petroleum Agency is currently working on the modalities and processes that will inform the invitation for application dispensation as approved by the Minister of Mineral Resources.
Kind Regards,
Ms Lindiwe Mekwe | Acting Chief Executive Officer|
Petroleum Agency SA

Totals Brulpadda discovery

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On Thursday, the 7th February, 2019, Total issued a press release stating that the Brulpadda 1Ax well, situated to the south east of Mossel Bay,
175 km offshore, had intersected a total of 57m of reservoir interval in the Albian section of the southern Outeniqua Basin. They also announced the discovery of a large gas condensate resource.
This discovery is the culmination of many years of work. In 2001, Canadian Natural Resources (CNR), who had just acquired the block through the buy-out of Ranger Oil, acquired 3700 line km of 2D data in the block. read more...

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