More consultations for upcoming Mine

Tebogo Tlhako
MARAPONG – Another consultative meeting with the community of Marapong on the Environmental impact of the proposed upcoming Groothoek Coal Mining Company (GCMC) took place on Thursday (11 February 2016) at Ditheku Primary School while the second meeting took place later during the day at Mogol club.
The meeting had a focus on the following points:
• More engagements with the community on how the mine will affect and change their lives as it will be closer to their homes;
• To introduce the project on special duties;
• Sensitive environmental issues;
• The importance of being involved;
• How they are going to participate in the community.
The presentation also focused on social and labour plans that GCMC have and highlighted the strategies that they will use to manage the pollution of water in the area.
The project information is that the mine will be situated west of Lephalale CBD, with a total mineral area of approximately 2076 hectares. There will be no threat to the properties of surrounding areas, and the site is largely unworked with some scattered agriculture areas, amongst others.
Members of the Waterberg Environmental Justice Forum wanted clarity on how the mine will deal with water shortages and other negative effects which were outlined in the meeting, crime increment and how the mine will benefit Lephalale society.
Required studies have been conducted on flora and fauna, soils, land capability and land usage, surface water, air quality dispensation model, traffic assessment and heritage studies amongst others.
The mine will be based next to the municipal waste dumping area and it will include open cast and underground mining.
The presentation included the processed mining plan, and in this regard the average number of people is below the target, and the mine will take two years to complete once its construction starts in 2018 when the final findings are agreed upon.

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