Tsodilo Resources Limited has filed an interlocutory Application at the Maun High Court, calling upon the Minister of Minerals and Energy, Lefoko Moagi to show cause why he ought not to be held in contempt of Court by reason of his failure to comply with the judgment of this Court dated 15 December 2023.
The case emanates from Maun High Court judgement in December 2023 in which he ruled that Moagi’s decision to reject the application for the renewal of Tsodilo’s prospecting license (020/2018) was illegal, unreasonable and irrational.
Maripe had ordered Moagi to renew the licence within 14 days and to align the effective dates of contiguous licences PL 021 to 024/2018 with that of the renewed license – both of which he has failed to do, the company said in a January 23 statement to shareholders
Tsodilo Resources now state that Moagi has failed to renew, within 14 days of the judgment, the Applicant’s license (020/2018); and 1.2. to align the effective dates of contiguous licenses PL 021-024/2018 with that of the renewed license.
Tsodilo want court to declare that the First Respondent is found to be in contempt of the judgment of this court as handed down on 15 December 2023;
Further it wants the court to impose a fine on the First Respondent, such as this Court may deem appropriate for every day that the judgment remains unsatisfied;
The company further want the court to impose a period of imprisonment, such as this Court may deem appropriate, on the First Respondent, suspended on conditions deemed appropriate by this Court;
‘’For avoidance of doubt, it is hereby clarified that the licenses to be issued by the First Respondent shall be the first two-year renewal across all licenses effective from 01April 2024’’
They want the respondents to bear the costs of this application on the attorney and own client scale; and
They state the purpose of the application is to compel compliance with the judgment granted by this Honourable Court on 15 December 2023.
Mr. James Bruchs, Tsodilo’s Chairman and CEO. commented: “We believe that the matter will be resolved in short order, and we can resume the evaluation and development of the XIF project”, commented