Sibanye Gold Limited (Sibanye-Stillwater): Proposed closure of the underground workings for Ezulwini Operations - Appeal Decision & Additional Requirements

Ezulwini Mining Company (Pty) Ltd 

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

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS APPEAL DECISION AND ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS


Ezulwini Mining Company (Pty) Ltd (“EMC”) appealed to the Minister of Environmental Affairs (“Appeal Authority”) against the Regional Manager: Mineral Regulation for the Gauteng Regional office of the Department of Mineral Resources’ (“DMR”) negative environmental authorisation decision dated 30 April 2018. EMC’s application to the DMR was for the decommissioning of the underground mine workings and associated cessation of pumping operations at Ezulwini mine, Gauteng Province under reference GP 30/5/1/2/2 (38) MR.  The Appeal Authority issued a decision on the appeal on 6 March 2019, received on 11 March 2019, which was duly made available for public review on our website at http://www.jaws.co.za/public-review-documents/sibanye-gold-limited-sibanye-stillwater-proposed-closure-of-the-underground-workings-for-ezulwini-operations-ea-appeal-decision/ on 15 March 2019.

 

Based on the appeal decision, the DMR issued a letter to the EMC on 19 March 2019 (a copy of the letter and its attachments are included below) directing EMC to:

  • Submit four hard copies of the Final Basic Assessment (FBAR) and appendices to the DMR, for distribution to the commenting authorities,
  • Conduct a further consultation process with the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) the Principal Inspector of Mines (PIOM) and the Council for Geoscience to solicit comments, and
  • Determine the financial provision that caters for any environmental liability, pollution or ecological degradation, the pumping and treatment of polluted or extraneous water, and the management and sustainable closure of the mine.

 

Further to the above, all registered Interested and Affected parties are granted another 30 calendar days (excluding public holidays) to comment on the FBAR and appendices, as well as the following additional documents:

Description

Owner/Origin

Date

Document Reference

Appendix

Letter to Mr Max Madubane, Regional Manager – Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate:

Summary of water barrier pillar and plug stability during re-watering of Ezulwini

SRK Consulting

31 January 2018

507569/4

A1

Letter to Ms Lauren Dell, Sibanye Stillwater (Pty) Ltd:

Comments on the Final Basic Assessment Report and Environmental Management Programme Report for the Cessation of Pumping Operations at Ezulwini and Closure of Underground Workings 

DWS: Gauteng Provincial Operations

16 June 2018

16/2/7/C222/C046

 

A2

Response to DWS’ Comments on the Final Basic Assessment Report and Environmental Management Programme Report for the Cessation of Pumping Operations at Ezulwini and Closure of Underground Workings and Appendix 

Sibanye-Stillwater

10 October 2018

-

A3

Letter to Mr W Robinson, Sibanye-Stillwater:

Response to Comments on the Final Basic Assessment and Environmental Management Programme Reports for Cessation of Pumping Operations at Ezulwini and the Decommissioning of Underground Mine Workings

DWS: Gauteng Provincial Operations

6 March 2019

16/2/7/C222/C046

 

A4

Appeal Decision:

Appeal Against the Decision not to grant Environmental Authorisation to Ezulwini Mining Company (Pty) Ltd in Respect of the Decommissioning of the Underground Mine Workings and associated Cessation of Pumping Operations at Ezulwini Mine Situated on Farm Jachtfontein 344, Farm Klipgat 700, Farm Modderfontein 345 and Farm Waterpan 292, Registration Division IQ, within the City of Rand West Local Municipality, in the Gauteng Province

Minister of Environmental Affairs: Republic of South Africa

6 March 2019

LSA 172942

 

A5

Letter to Ezulwini Mining Company:

An Environmental Authorisation for the Cessation of Pumping of the Underground Mine Water and Associated Decommissioning of the Underground Workings of the Ezulwini Mining Company (PTY) LTD listed in terms of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act 107 of 1998) (NEMA): EIA Regulations, 2014 on Various Portions of the Farms Jachtfontein 344 IQ, Modderfontein 345 IQ, Klipgat 700 IQ and Waterpan 292 IQ, situated in the Magisterial District of Westonaria

DMR: Mineral Regulation: Gauteng Office

19 March 2019

GP30/5/1/2/2 (38) MR

A6

Letter to the Regional Manager: Mineral Regulation: Gauteng Region:

Consultation in terms of Section 24 O(2) of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act 107 of 1998 (NEMA) with regard to the Basic Assessment Report (BAR) in support of the Application for Environmental Authorisation (spelling corrected) for Cessation of Pumping and associated Decommissioning of the Underground Workings of the EMC (Cooke 4 Shaft) listed in terms of the National Environmental Act: EIA Regulations 2014, on the Farm Cloverfield 75 IR, situated in the Magisterial District of Westonaria.

Inspector – Mine Health and Safety: Gauteng Region

22 February 2018

Received on 25 March 2019, as attachment to DMR letter dated 19 March 2019 and received on 25 March 2019.

GP30/5/1/2/2 (38) MR

Ref: O 194

A7

 

In addition to the documents listed in the above table, an updated financial provision estimate has been included in the submission, for review.

 

 

The public review period will be from 16 April 2019 to 20 May 2019.

 

The FBAR and appendices, as well as the additional documents listed in the table above, can be found below.

 

Please forward any comments you may have to J&W at gina@jaws.co.za and/or vanzyl@jaws.co.za.

 

After the commenting period, all the comments received, including the minutes of the meetings with the DWS, PIOM and Council for Geoscience, will be collated in a Supplementary Comments and Response Report and submitted to the DMR. The Comments and Response Report will also be made available for public review and additional comments on the Supplementary Comments and Response Report may be submitted directly to the DMR at that time.



Comments and clarification documentation post-FBAR submission

Cover Letter

Appendix A

A1: Summary of water barrier pillar and plug stability during re-watering of Ezulwini

A2: Comments on the Final Basic Assessment Report and Environmental Management  Programme Report for the Cessation of Pumping Operations at Ezulwini and Closure of Underground Workings

A3: Response to DWS’ Comments on the Final Basic Assessment Report and Environmental
Management Programme Report for the Cessation of Pumping Operations at Ezulwini and Closure of Underground Workings

A4: Response to Comments on the Final Basic Assessment and Environmental Management
Programme Reports for Cessation of Pumping Operations at Ezulwini and the Decommissioning of Underground Mine Workings

A5: Appeal Against the Decision not to grant Environmental Authorisation to Ezulwini Mining Company (Pty) Ltd in Respect of the Decommissioning of the Underground Mine Workings and associated Cessation of Pumping Operations at Ezulwini Mine Situated on Farm Jachtfontein 344, Farm Klipgat 700, Farm Modderfontein 345 and Farm Waterpan 292, Registration Division IQ, within the City of Rand West Local Municipality, in the Gauteng Province

A6: An Environmental Authorisation for the Cessation of Pumping of the Underground Mine Water and Associated Decommissioning of the Underground Workings of the Ezulwini Mining Company (PTY) LTD listed in terms of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act 107 of 1998) (NEMA): EIA Regulations, 2014 on Various Portions of the Farms Jachtfontein 344 IQ, Modderfontein 345 IQ, Klipgat 700 IQ and Waterpan 292 IQ, situated in the Magisterial District of Westonaria

A7: Consultation in terms of Section 24 O(2) of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act 107 of 1998 (NEMA) with regard to the Basic Assessment Report (BAR) in support of the Application for Environmental Authorisation (spelling corrected) for Cessation of Pumping and associated Decommissioning of the Underground Workings of the EMC (Cooke 4 Shaft) listed in terms of the National Environmental Act: EIA Regulations 2014, on the Farm Cloverfield 75 IR, situated in the Magisterial District of Westonaria.

Appendix B

Golder Associates: EMC Mine Revised Closure Financial Provision Estimate

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