1   Short title

   2   Definition

   3   All minerals vested in Crown

   4   Control of mining and payment of royalties

   5   Extent to which royalties payable to owners of land

   6   Regulations



[Date of Commencement: 30th August, 1947]

Cap 251.

29 of 1960
25 of 1994.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Minerals (Vesting) Act.

2   Definition

   In this Act-

   "Crown Land" includes all land vested in the Commissioner of Lands under the Crown Property (Vesting) Act;

   "minerals" does not include mineral oils, gypsum and phosphates, and does not include material, such as clay, sand, limestone, sandstone, or other stone, commonly used for the purpose of road making or for building or for the manufacture of any article used in the construction of buildings where such material does not contain any valuable metal or precious stone in economically workable quantities, but includes the following-

   (a)   metalliferous minerals containing aluminium, antimony, arsenic, barium, bismuth, cadmium, calcium, cerium, chromium, cobalt, columbium, copper, iron, lead, lithium, magnesium, manganese, mercury, molybdenum, nickel, potassium, sodium, tantalum, tin, titanium, tungsten, vanadium, zinc, zirconium and all other substances of a similar nature to any of them, and all ores containing them and combinations of any of them with each other or with any other substance, excepting only those that occur in the form of precious minerals,

   (b)   combustible carbonaceous minerals, including-

         (i)   coal,

         (ii)   lignite, which includes brown coal and any coal which the Minister may prescribe to be lignite if advised by the Commissioner of Mines that the estimated average ash content is so high or the estimated average thermal value is so low that such coal may properly be classed as lignite;

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   (c)   other minerals, including those used for their abrasive or refractory qualities and abestos, barytes, bauxite, china clay, fuller's earth, graphite, high purity limestone, other than that used in the construction industry, laterite, marble, mica, nitrate, pipeclay, pottery clay, potash, quartz crystals, salt, slate, soda, sulphur, talc and all other substances of a similar nature to any of them;

[25/1994 s 11.]

   (d)   precious minerals, including-

         (i)   precious stones and semi-precious stones including amber, amethyst, beryl, cat's eye, chrysolite, garnet and all other semi-precious stones whether of the same kind as those enumerated or not;

         (ii)   precious metals,

         (iii)   all radio-active minerals;

   "owner" means owner of an estate in fee simple in the land in relation to which the expression is used;

[29/1960 s 2.]

   "precious metals" means gold, silver, or metal of the platinoid group, in unmanufactured state, and all ores containing such metal, but not including ores containing any such metal in combination with another mineral where such metal cannot be worked apart from such mineral and the value of such metal is less than the cost of producing both the metal and the mineral;

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