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Exclusive Economic Zone And Continental Shelf

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Since gaining independence, African States have worked tirelessly for a reform of the international economic order. South Africa had a clear interest in becoming a party to the CSC. South Africa was concerned that the very rich fishing grounds along its western seaboard were increasingly the focus of attention by Japanese, Russian and Spanish fishing vessels. In South African law, the continental shelf is deemed to be unalienated State land for the purposes of exploration and exploitation of its natural resources as well as "any law relating to mining of precious stones, metals or minerals, including oil". South Africa will have to amend its legislation to comply with its duties under the CUCH with regard to archaeological and historical objects on its continental shelf. South Africa is at present a net importer of resources such as gas and oil, while a net exporter of substances such as gold and platinum.

Keywords: continental shelf; CUCH; international economic order; South Africa; South African law



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