Sibanye Gold Limited (Sibanye-Stillwater): Proposed closure of the underground workings for Ezulwini Operations

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORISATION APPLICATION PROCESS FOR THE PROPOSED CESSATION OF PUMPING AND ASSOCIATED DECOMMISSIONING OF THE UNDERGROUND WORKINGS OF THE EZULWINI MINING COMPANY (PTY) LTD (EMC) (COOKE 4 SHAFT), GAUTENG

Final Basic Assessment Report (FBAR); Environmental Management Programme (EMPr); Closure Plan & Water Use Licence Amendment Application

Ezulwini Mining Company (EMC), a subsidiary of Sibanye Gold Limited (Sibanye), trading as Sibanye-Stillwater, proposes the cessation of pumping and associated decommissioning of the underground workings of the Ezulwini Mine (Cooke 4 Shaft) located close to Westonaria in Gauteng. In support of the proposed closure of the underground workings, EMC has submitted the following applications:

  • Application for an Environmental Authorisation to proceed with the proposed cessation of pumping and associated decommissioning of the underground workings of the Ezulwini Operations, as the cost of pumping water from underground amounts to approximately R 13 million per month (although the reports reflect pumping costs of approximately R13 million per month, the latest figures exceed this at approximately R15 million - R18 million per month). A Basic Assessment (BA) process in terms of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations of the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA), Act 107 of 1998 is being followed. 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, as amended.
  • Application for an amendment to the existing Water Use Licence (WUL) in terms of Section 50 of the National Water Act 36 of 1998 (NWA).

As part of the Environmental Authorisation application process, two submissions (original and revised) of a Consultation Basic Assessment Report (CBAR) and EMPr, Closure Plan, and WUL Amendment Application were made available for your comment. The original CBAR and associated documents were on public review from 3 April 2017 to 7 May 2017 (this was extended to 21 May 2017 at the request of a stakeholder). The revised CBAR and associated documents were on public review from 16 August 2017 to 15 September 2017. Comments received from the announcement of the project in November 2016, as well as comments received on the CBAR and the revised version of the CBAR have been recorded in the Comments and Responses Report, as well as in the Stakeholder Correspondence component of the FBAR, which are appendices to the FBAR.   

The FBAR, EMPr, Closure Plan and WUL Amendment Application have now been submitted to the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) for their decision.

Please submit any comments you may have on the FBAR and associated documents directly to Mr Jimmy Sekgale, the case officer for the application at the DMR:

Department of Mineral Resources

Mr Jimmy Sekgale

Mine Environmental Management

78 Mineralia Building, Cnr De Korte and De Beer, Braamfontein

Tel: 011 358 9700

Fax: 086 710 1476

Email: jimmy.sekgale@dmr.gov.za

Please also forward any comments submitted to the DMR to the J&W public participation office for record keeping purposes:

Ms Anelle Lötter

Jones & Wagener (Pty) Ltd

Postal address: PO Box 1434, Rivonia, 2128

Tel: 012 667 4860

Fax: 012 667 6128

Email: anelle@jaws.co.za


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