Sibanye Gold Limited: Proposed closure of the underground workings for Ezulwini Operations

 

 

INTEGRATED ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORISATION APPLICATION PROCESS FOR THE PROPOSED CESSATION OF PUMPING AND ASSOCIATED CLOSURE OF THE UNDERGROUND WORKINGS OF THE EZULWINI OPERATIONS OF SIBANYE GOLD, GAUTENG

Consultation Basic Assessment Report (BAR); Draft Environmental Management Programme (EMPr); Draft Closure Plan & Draft Water Use Licence Amendment Application available for public review and comment from 03 April - 07 May 2017.

Sibanye Gold Limited (Sibanye Gold) proposes the cessation of pumping and the associated closure of the underground workings of the Ezulwini Operations located close to Westonaria in Gauteng. Pursuant to this proposal the following assessment and application processes are underway:

  • A Basic Assessment (BA) process in terms of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations of the National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998 (NEMA). This process includes the submission of a Basic Assessment Report, Closure Plan and an EMPr in terms of the provisions of the NEMA and the 2014 EIA Regulations.
  • An amendment to the existing Water Use Licence (WUL) in terms of section 50 of the National Water Act 36 of 1998 (NWA).
The following activities will be included in the application for authorisation from the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) in terms of Listing Notice 1 of the 2014 EIA regulations:
 

Activity No

Description

Activity 22 of GN 983

The decommissioning of any activity requiring -

  1.         i.       a closure certificate in terms of section 43 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 (Act No. 28 of 2002); or
  2.        ii.       a prospecting right, mining right, mining permit, production right or exploration right, where the throughput of the activity has reduced by 90% or more over a period of 5 years excluding where the competent authority has in writing agreed that such reduction in throughput does not constitute closure.

Activity 34 of GN 983

The expansion or changes to existing facilities for any process or activity where such expansion or changes will result in the need for a permit or licence or an amended permit or licence in terms of national or provincial legislation governing the release of emissions or pollution, excluding -

  1.         i.        where the facility, process or activity is included in the list of waste management activities published in terms of Section 19 of the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008 (Act No.59 of 2008) in which case the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008 applies; or
  2.        ii.        the expansion of or changes to existing facilities for the treatment of effluent, wastewater or sewage where the capacity will be increased by less than 15 000 cubic metres per day.

Public review of the Consultation Basic Assessment Report, Draft Environmental Management Programme, Draft Closure Plan and  Draft Water Use Licence Amendment Application.

The draft reports as mentioned above will be available for public review and comment from 3 April to 7 May 2017. The reports will be made available as follows:

Contact person

Location

Tel

Ms Esmè Kuipers

Westonaria Public Library, Cnr Neptune & Saturn Streets, Westonaria

011 278 3131

Ms Tebogo Mampe

Bekkersdal Public Library, 1616 Schoeman Street, Westonaria

011 755 1920

Electronic copies

Ms Anelle Lötter

 You can phone and request for a CD copy.

012 667 4865

To access a copy of the reports and to register as an Interested and Affected Party or to comment on the reports please contact: Jones & Wagener (Pty) Ltd, Ms Anelle Lötter, Tel: 012 667 4860, Fax: 012 667 6128, Email: anelle@jaws.co.za Postal address: PO Box 1434, Rivonia 2128

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