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Open letter to Anglo American about their announcement that it will be selling off its coal and iron ore assets

February 29, 2016 at 12:00 am

On 29 February 2016, the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) published an open letter to Anglo America plc, calling on it to ensure that the sales of its coal and iron assets are conducted in a transparent manner. On 16 March 2016, Anglo American responded to the CER’s letter, stating, inter alia, that it is committed to complying with relevant laws and that it discloses some information on a voluntary basis, such as its sustainability report. It however does not agree that the principles of administrative justice are applicable to transfers in terms of section 11 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002.

On 13 April 2017, with reference its letter to Anglo American of 29 February 2016 and Anglo American’s response dated 16 March 2016, the CER addressed another letter to Anglo American calling on them to inform the CER of its plans for public participation in relation to the sale of three of its operational coal mines as well as four “closed” coal mines to Seriti Resources and to make the information relating to its proposed sale publicly available, by publication on its website.

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