Coal of Africa, the South African coal company, on Friday noted its Integrated Water Use Licence (IWUL) for its Makhado project has been suspended.
This is following an appeal to the Department of Water and Sanitation submitted by the Vhembe Mineral Resources Forum – an organisation established to protect environmental resources – and other parties.
The appeal automatically suspends the IWUL in terms of Section 148 (2) (b) of the South African National Water Act No 36 of 1998.
This appeal has been anticipated, and Coal of Africa is in the process of preparing an urgent representation to the Minster of Water and Sanitation to request that the IWUL remain in full force and effect pending the final conclusion of the appeal by the Water Tribunal.
Coal of Africa CEO David Brown commented, “We are actively engaging with the Department to resolve this appropriately.
“We remain committed to the sustainable development of the Makhado project, whilst recognising its potential to drive significant socio-economic transformation.
“We will continue to engage with all stakeholders to ensure the on-going implementation of our co-existent model, seeking co-operation between mining, agriculture and heritage land uses.”