Malan Scholes Attorneys
WE have compared Scholes in previous editions of Rainmakers & Potstirrers to the legal version of a honey badger or “ratel” – the pint-sized, tough-as-nails, predator - which is a legend of the African bush because of its ferocity and utter fearlessness. Scholes lived up to that billing big-time in 2015 when he took on the Minister of Mineral Resources looking to have the Court set aside the Mining Charters of 2004 and 2010 as being unconstitutional. He took the action in his own name and that of his firm although, clearly, he has the support of various mining companies who would prefer to stay in the background while Scholes gets stuck into the public dirty work. The move is the culmination of a series of actions Scholes has brought successfully against the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) for mining clients challenging aspects of the country’s mining legislation which he has described at various times as ‘meaningless,” “erratically applied” and “senseless”. This time he’s going for broke looking to have the entire edifice overturned. Should he win, it will be a huge setback for the South African government in its persistent attempts to mould the country’s mining industry to its own ideological ends.
LIFE OF HULME
Scholes holds a BA LLb, but has also spent time at the rock face in the mining industry where he started as a learner official at Harmony Gold. Subsequently, he was legal advisor to Aquarius Platinum before returning to the legal profession full-time. He has more than 20 years legal experience in the mining industry and was head of the mining practice at Werksmans before setting up Malan Scholes. He’s an “action man” revelling in extreme sports such as sky-diving, base jumping and long distance swimming.
- Web Address: www. malanscholes.co.za