Mining Mirror May 2017 - Page 19

Excursion Yzermyn is located in one of the most sensitive and critical water catchment areas in South Africa. It is also a biodiversity priority area. Wetlands across South Africa are under pressure, as more companies are issued with mining licenses. region surrounding the mine and beyond most underground mining operations. It can also increase sedimentation in nearby rivers through their use of hydraulic pumps and suction dredges,” he adds. All the measures to protect the Mabola environment have been put in place. According to Molewa, the EMP makes provision for a plant rescue and protection plan. This plan must be submitted to the DEA. Furthermore, any activities that may encroach on a water resource are not allowed without authorisation from the Department of Water and Sanitation. “We also require that appropriate dust-suppression measures and measures to mitigate and manage acid mine drainage must be applied,” says Molewa. Atha must also submit quarterly reports to the department on the status of permit conditions, as well as on the progress in meeting the targets of the draft Mabola EMP. According to Tripathi, the company has made provision for R83.5-million for environmental mitigation. MAY 2017 MINING MIRROR [17]