Stream di­ver­sion ap­proval given

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COAL of Africa said yes­ter­day that the South African De­part­ment of Min­eral Re­sources had granted en­vi­ron­men­tal ap­proval for stream di­ver­sion and as­so­ci­ated in­fras­truc­tural ac­tiv­i­ties for plant mod­i­fi­ca­tion at Vele Col­liery in Lim­popo. The com­pany said ap­proval from the De­part­ment of Wa­ter and San­i­ta­tion was the re­main­ing out­stand­ing green light. In a state­ment to in­vestors chief ex­ec­u­tive David Brown noted that the im­ple­men­ta­tion of “the his­toric bio­di­ver­sity off­set agree­ment be­tween the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs, the South African Na­tional Parks and Coal of Africa was set­ting a new bench­mark for co-ex­is­tence be­tween min­ing, agri­cul­ture and her­itage land uses”. “This is ev­i­denced through the com­pany’s con­tin­ued en­gage­ment with var­i­ous stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing reg­u­la­tory au­thor­i­ties, landown­ers, com­mu­ni­ties and ad­vo­cacy groups,” Brown said. “We con­tinue to en­gage with our stake­hold­ers to op­ti­mise this co-op­er­a­tion frame­work as we strive to max­imise the ben­e­fits of min­ing for all our stake­hold­ers.” – ANA

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