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Coalition group angered by Mapungubwe mining agreement

The Mapungubwe Action Group has dismissed an agreement signed between government and mines. It has...

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The Mapungubwe Action Group has dismissed an agreement signed between government and mines.

It has suggested the agreement was just a paper that has been written on.

The Environmental Affairs Department, South African National Parks (SanParks) and Coal of Africa signed an agreement regulating mining activity near Mapungubwe on Thursday.

The group is a coalition of civil society organisations that has challenged the authorisation of mining licenses in the heritage site area.

The Mapungubwe Action Group's Nick Hiltermann said the agreement sets conditions already put in place when mining at the Vele colliery was authorised.

These include biodiversity off-set programmes and establishing an Environmental Monitoring Committee to ensure implementation of the agreements.

Coalchief executive officer John Wallington said this is a move away from the mining excesses of the past, where development came at the cost of the environment.

However, Hiltermann said they have lodged an objection against the authorisation on the basis that Coal knowingly contravened environmental and water legislation by undertaking activities without authorisation.

(Edited by Tshepiso Moche)

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