Coal of Africa has announced that the South African Department on Mineral Resources has granted an Environmental Authorisation in terms of the National Environmental Management Act and the Environmental Assessment Regulations for Vele colliery for stream diversion and associated infrastructural activities.
CoAl awaits the approval an Integrated Water use license from the Department of Water and Sanitation which is the final regulatory approval required for the stream diversion in respect of the Vele Plant Modifaction Project.
Mr David Brown, Chief Executive officer commented:
We welcome the decision by DMR ,and look forward to the receipt of IWUL. Upon receipt thereof, the final decision to proceed with the PMP will be placed before the board, which will include an assessment of forecast global coal prices.
A new benchmark for co-existence between mining, agriculture and heritage land uses is being set at Vele, with the ongoing implementation of the historic biodiversity offset agreement between the Department of Environmental Affairs, the South African National Parks and CoAL. This is evidenced through the company’s continued engagement with various stakeholders including regulatory authorities, land owners, communities and advocacy groups through the Environmental Management Committee. We continue to engage with our stakeholders to optimise this cooperation framework, as we strive to maximise the benefits of mining for all our stakeholders, particularly our beneficiary communities.
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