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Invitation for written comments on a proposed investigation in terms of section 50 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002

12 July 2019

On 12 July 2019, the Minister of Minerals and Energy published a notice in the Government Gazette calling for written comments on a proposed investigation in terms of section 50 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002. the Minister intends to conduct further investigations to confirm the results of previous geoscientific surveys on geochemical anomalies in, or under, specified land (it is stated in the notice that the land is depicted in Table 1, but it would appear that Table 1 was not published with the notice).

the Minister also intends to establish and maintain long term access to test sites for geophysical and gechemical tests to be conducted. these tests sites are the Roodeplats site for ground geophysical tests and the Vredefort site for airborne geophysical tests.

It is also the Minister’s intention to establish suitable sites for the passive treatment of mine water as a result of acid mine drainage challenges and to develop techniques for the remediation thereof. the following priority discharge and or seepage areas needed for the passive treatment plants:

  • Witkranz area (Portion 11 of the farm Witkranz 53 IT), Carolina, Mpumalanga
  • Blesbokspruit area (Portion 79 of the farm Blesboklaagte 296), eMalahleni, Mpumalanga
  • Princess Dump, Davidsonville, Roodepoort, Gauteng

Comments must be submitted within 30 days of the date of the notice.

Section 24 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

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