Published by eljhbadmin at June 20, 2010
An Australian mining company, Coal of Africa Ltd, has started activities in a sensitive area without a water use license and with what many environmental experts consider to be an inadequate environmental management plan. There is also doubt about the extent to which expert input from interested and affected parties was considered during the Environmental Impact Assessment processes.
Many local communities object to the mine which is in an area in the north of South Africa near the Limpopo River that is special for:
The South African Department of Mineral Resources seems to be trading:
In return for:
Take action against unsustainable mining
On the grounds that CoAL’s Environmental Management Plan is deficient and that the approval of it by the Department of Mineral Resources is unlawful, an appeal against the mine has been lodged by the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), the Peace Parks Foundation (PPF), the Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists (ASAPA), the Mapungubwe Action Group (MAG), the Wilderness Foundation South Africa (the WFSA), the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (the WWF) and BirdLife South Africa (BLSA). The appellants are being represented by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand.
There has been some criticism of the proposed mine expressed by the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs. However, the powerful Department of Mineral Resources has earned a reputation for not accommodating the concerns of other government departments. Ordinary citizens can help to change this by showing the government that they are also opposed to the mining operation.
Join the growing numbers of concerned people from around the world to save this international heritage site.
Spread the word: talk to friends and colleagues – show the South African government that we want it to effectively regulate mining and protect our health and environment.
If you use facebook: Write a comment and join the debate on the Earthlife Africa Johannesburg facebook site.
An existing threat to the area: