Good news! Feedback on our campaign against the open cast coal mine.

Dear Subscriber to our Vaal River Property Newsletter,

As you will remember, in October we sent out an appeal to our readers to object to the massive proposed opencast coal mine of 208 000 hectares that is on consideration just east of the R59, close to the Vaal River. We received a lot of responses from you and together with other interest groups we believe we succeeded in making our objections  clear to the Department of Mineral Resources and that the people living here or owning property here, are opposed to this open coal mine on our doorsteps.

Maureen Stewart of SAVE the Vaal informed me that appeals submitted to the Department Mineral Resources were sent to New Vaal Colliery (NVC) for comment.

Apparently the matter is now with the Department of Mineral Resources and Department of Environment Affairs who will adjudicate our appeal.  SAVE’s lawyer said that this can take as much as two years to be finalised.  In the meantime, the NVC are not supposed to proceed with work in terms of the new licence application.

If we see any work happening on the mine, it should be photographed.  Details regarding date, time and comment from person seeing the activity, should be reported as far and wide as possible and also brought to the attention of the DMR.

In the mean time, there is hope… I have seen reports that the Palmietkuilen mine in the Blesbokspruit area near Nigel has been rejected! We can do it too!!

We want to thank you for participating in this appeal process, and we will keep you updated from time to time if we hear anything.

 

See SAVE’s press statement on the Anglo opencast coal mine here:

Posted by Annalien Realty on Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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