JOHANNESBURG, September 11 – MC Mining said on Tuesday South Africa’s department of mineral resources (DMR) had approved the environmental authorisation for its Makhado hard coking and thermal coal project in Limpopo province.
MC Mining applied to both the DMR and the Limpopo department of economic development, environment and tourism (LEDET) at the start of the year for an amendment to Makhado’s 2016 environmental authorisation, allowing for the transport of coal to the Musina rail siding by road.
“The approval by the DMR follows confirmation, on 3 September 2018, that LEDET has approved the EA amendment,” the company said on Tuesday.
In June MC Mining, previously known as Coal of Africa, said it welcomed a high court decision to lift an interim order against the company’s environmental authorisation for the Makhado project.
The court had in 2014 granted the Vhembe Mineral Stakeholders Forum and other applicants an interim order against the company and the LEDET, effectively preventing MC Mining from undertaking construction and mining activities at the project.
The Makhado project is MC Mining’s most advanced feasibility-stage project with 344.8 million mineable tonnes of coal in situ. The resource will initially be mined on an opencast basis over 16 years with the potential for further expansion underground. (ANA)