Johannesburg - The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has reopened its Mpumalanga regional office almost a year after its closure following allegations of corruption and backlogs in the issuing of licenses.
In a statement on Monday, the department advised members of the public that the Mpumalanga regional office's Samrad (South African Mineral Resources Administration System) application system has been reopened.
But the department was mum on the outcomes of the corruption probe and did not say if action had been taken against any official at the office.
Since the office was closed, all administrative processes such as applications for renewals and graduation of prospecting rights to mining rights, have been handled manually from the head office in Pretoria.
On 31 August 2018, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe closed down the office "until further notice" and launched a probe following feedback on the challenges relating mainly to backlogs in the issuing of licenses and allegations of corruption at offices in Mpumalanga, Limpopo and North West.