The Trust supports Mineral Law in Africa (MLiA) project in various different ways.
The purpose of MLiA is to harness the academic enterprise to improve insights about the applicable legal frameworks, and transfer knowledge through teaching initiatives. Researchers associated and affiliated with MLiA have been conducting research into the mineral law frameworks of individual countries for at least the past two years. Teams constituted on a country-by-country basis have been using a questionnaire, developed by the members of the MLiA project, to guide their research into fourteen identified aspects of mineral law in the various participating jurisdictions. The outcome of this process is the publication of academic texts on country-specific mineral law. The publication series has the purpose of establishing an academic resource – a “library” – on mineral law which could inform debates about revision of existing legal frameworks and development of future legal frameworks.
The beneficiaries of the Trust are identified by the Trustees from the following groups of potential beneficiaries:
- Any student (whether on undergraduate or postgraduate level) of the University of Cape Town or the University of Namibia who is pursuing research in the areas for mineral law, energy law or a related field.
- Any lawyer, academic or scholar working anywhere in Africa who is pursuing research in the areas for mineral law, energy law or a related field.
- Any institute, trust, organisation or project whose objects align with those of the Trust.