“They want to develop a platinum mine on our doorsteps,” shouted a member of the Doornpoort community in Pretoria North to AfriForum.
“AfriForum is concerned about possible mining in this area due to the various residences and smallholdings in its immediate vicinity. This mine will have a massive impact on groundwater, road infrastructure and noise levels, which will have a detrimental effect on the local community and the environment,” says Julius Kleynhans, the Head of Environmental Affairs at AfriForum.
AfriForum is very concerned about the R101 road that might be used for the transport of the platinum mining residue.
“Plans submitted by the mine do not properly indicate which access roads will be used, nor do they indicate from where the water will come. Noise levels, dust and blasting will affect the surrounding community. One cannot help to stress that the interests of the community must be considered before prospecting can take place,” added Kleynhans.
“In the past, various communities have approached the civil rights organisation to oppose these developments on their behalf, not knowing that they should participate in the consultative process themselves to ensure informed decision-making.”
AfriForum is concerned about the minimum requirements in environmental legislation which indicate successful public participation.
“The minimum requirements for promoting such a significant project have been proven insufficient over and again. Communities only notice the mine on their doorstep after the permit has been granted, when it is too late.”
Residents of Doornpoort and surrounding areas are encouraged to register as an interested and affected party to voice their views in the public participation process by e-mailing the following message to firstname.lastname@example.org: “I would like to register as an Interested and Affected Party on the proposed prospecting application of PROPOSED PROSPECTING RIGHT APPLICATION ON THE REMAINDER OF THE FARM DOORNPOORT 295 JR.
“We are not against mining, but we oppose developments which occur in ecologically sensitive areas, wetland environments and which will have detrimental effects on human and environmental health.”
AfriForum is concerned about this particular mining development due to the door it might open for similar developments as well as the negative impact it may have on the local community.
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by Esmarie Prinsloo