Minerals Development Act, 1979


2.—(1) In this Act, except where the context otherwise requires—

“the Act of, 1940” means the Minerals Development Act, 1940 ;

“the Court” means the High Court or the Supreme Court;

“excepted minerals” means minerals which by virtue of section 14 are excepted from the application of section 12;

“the Minister” means the Minister for Industry, Commerce and Energy;

“prescribed” means prescribed by regulations made by the Minister under this Act;

“State minerals” includes (without prejudice to the generality of the meaning assigned by section 5 of the Act of 1940) an exclusive right of working minerals vested in the Minister under section 12 of this Act;

“working” in relation to minerals, includes digging, searching for, mining, getting, raising, taking, carrying away, treating and converting such minerals and the sale or other disposal of such minerals and cognate words shall be construed accordingly.

(2) A reference in this Act to minerals in land shall be taken to include reference to minerals on or under the surface of land.

(3) A reference in this Act to a section is to a section of this Act unless it is indicated that reference to some other enactment is intended.

(4) A reference in this Act to any enactment shall be construed as a reference to that enactment as amended by any subsequent enactment.