NGOs Appeal Over Environmental Permit

Coal of Africa Ltd (CoAL) says it was forced to suspend some activity at its controversial Vele Colliery in South Africa after NGOs filed an appeal over an environmental permit the company received for the project.

The company says it is preparing for an appeal requesting to continue mining during the appeals process.

In a press statement, the company further states its commitment to continue working closely with the various government departments to ensure compliance with legislation.

CoAL to Resume Activities in Mapungubwe

Emerging miner, Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) chief executive officer, John Wallington, says the company will resume activities at its Vele colliery site next week, after the project was on hold for almost a year.

The company was forced to halt activities in August 2010, when it was discovered that development operations did not meet the standards of the National Environmental Management Act.

Shell Creating 'Wrong Impression': Lobby Group

The Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG) says that Shell is creating the wrong impression by saying shale gas mining is good for South Africa.
Coordinator of the group lobbying against drilling for gas in the Karoo, Jonathan Deal, says that, "It is incredible that despite the clear reservations (based on environmental concerns) voiced by Cabinet recently, Shell continues to tour the country touting shale gas mining as something beneficial and good for South Africa."

NGO Queries Tanzania Over Mining Revenue

The Tanzania Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (TEITI) investigated has unveiled discrepancies of over US$32 million between what the mining companies are paying in form of taxes and royalties and the actual amount that country’s government received.

The organisation says that the 12 mining and gas companies paid a total of US$121.4 million against US$89.1 million that the government agencies received.

SAHRC Addressing Wrong Minister – Zondi

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is speaking to the wrong person in asking the Department of Mineral Resources to intervene in the plight of the Grootvlei mine in Springs in the Ekurhuleni Municipality.
The department spokesperson, Musa Zondi, points out that, "It is not an ownerless mine. If it was an ownerless mine, then it becomes very clear what our responsibility is, but the owners are there, we know who they are."

NGOs Call for Fairer Mine Law Overhaul

Environmental and rights groups says that separate and unequal environmental rules for mines are ‘no longer defensible’.
The organisations have complained that they are being sidelined from early efforts to overhaul mining laws.

The 13 groups, including Lawyers for Human Rights, WWF South Africa and the Endangered Wildlife Trust, says the existing rules gave inadequate time to assess the environmental impacts of mines and imposed penalties that are so low as to be no disincentive whatsoever for mining companies.

Acid Mine Drainage: A Prolific Threat to South Africa’s Environment and Mining Industry

South Africa faces a number of critical environmental challenges ranging from land degradation to the obliteration of finite resources, but it is the problem of acid mine drainage (AMD) that may be its most perilous hazard in terms of its ramifications.2

ANC Job Creation Targets Unrealistic – SAIRR

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says the African National Congress’ (ANC) job creation targets are unrealistic as many of the sectors earmarked for creating employment have been shedding jobs for years.
The organisation says that ANC secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, identified ‘mining output and beneficiation’ as a sector in which 140 000 jobs will be created by 2020.

Inspectors Lack Specialist Skills - Shabangu

Mineral Resources Minister, Suzan Shabangu, says the environmental management inspectors employed to enforce mining regulations are not required to have a legal background or compliance skills.

Responding to a Parliamentary question posed by the Democratic Alliance, Shabangu said that only 84 inspectors are employed by her department to ensure compliance with environmental laws.

Community in ConCourt Over Mining Rights

Representatives of the Bengwenyama community in Limpopo were in the Constitutional Court, fighting against a prospecting right that was granted to mining company Genorah Resources over land on which they live.

The community has lived on the land for more than a century and the Land Claims Commission recognised its ownership after it was dispossessed of the land during apartheid and to make room for another mine.


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