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 MINING COMPANY (PTY) LTD (EMC) (COOKE 4 SHAFT), GAUTENG

Revised 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 16 August 2017 - 15 September 2017.

Ezulwini Mining Company (EMC), part of Sibanye Gold Limited (Sibanye) proposes the cessation of pumping and associated decommissioning of the underground workings of the Ezulwini mine or 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. 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 National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) and the 2014 EIA Regulations.
  •  Application for an amendment to the existing Water Use Licence (WUL) in terms of sections 50 of the National Water Act 36 of 1998 (NWA).

 As part of the environmental authorisation application process, a Consultation Basic Assessment Report (CBAR) and Environmental Management Programme, Closure Plan, and Water Use Licence Amendment Application were made available for your comment from 3 April to 7 May 2017 (this period was extended to 21 May 2017 at the request of an I&AP).   

Substantial changes were made to the reports and to the specialist studies mainly due to comments from I&APs. The updated reports are being made available for a second public review period in accordance with regulation 19(1)(b) of GNR 982 of the 2014 EIA Regulations. The revised CBAR will be available for your review and comment from 16 August to 15 September 2017. Included is the updated Information Document that provides a non-technical summary of the revised CBAR.

 

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

The reports as mentioned above will be available for public review and comment from 16 August to 15 September 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, 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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