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Please read the attached Background Information Document from Withers Environmental Consultants and register as an interested and affected party to comment by 4 June 2012.1197-Notice of HWC application to IAPs 30 Apr 2012

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On the website of the M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism, Lionel Faull reports on the Moutonshoek mineral rights controversy, revealing that a Mineral Resources official was in a “close personal relationship” with controversial mine bids businessman. The full report can be read on the website, here … and is also quoted below: A businessman involved […]

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Read on www.mineweb.com about the SAP’s raid on offices of Imperial Crown Trading and of the Department of Mineral resources over the alleged corrupt issuance of rights to part of the huge Sishen iron ore deposit. Read the full report on the website, here The Mail & Guardian newspaper also reported on the matter, saying […]

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Prospecting licence granted!

Published on July 25, 2011 by in Community, News

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Prospecting licence granted!

Dear friends Summary of current events Apparently Bongani Minerals was awarded a Prospecting Right in the Verlorenvlei catchment on 1 July 2011 – landowners have received letters from Bongani and Withers Environmental. A Prospecting Right stamped by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and a valid EMP have yet to be seen – legal counsel […]

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Selling our environment downstream – who really benefits? Right to prospect apparently granted On 1 July 2011 the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) apparently granted Bongani Minerals a right to prospect for tungsten in the Moutonshoek Valley, the major catchment of the Verlorenvlei, a RAMSAR site (yet unprotected). “We don’t even know if this is […]

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Verlorenvlei looking towards Moutonshoek

Decades after conservationists called for the Verlorenvlei near Elands Bay on South Africa’s West Coast to be afforded formal conservation protection to preserve its biodiversity, this Ramsar site is still under threat. A local authority, Bergriver Municipality, has now taken action which could turn the years of environmental neglect around. Twenty-five years ago conservationists called […]

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Pelicans at sunset

Artists in Piketberg are joining hands to create awareness of the beautiful and ecologically sensitive Verlorenvlei wetland, a RAMSAR-listed site that runs all the way from the Piketberg mountain range to Elands Bay on the West Coast. This important freshwater source, rich in bird, animal, and plant life (including many rare and threatened species), is […]

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VerlorenvleiCoalition

There has been a long silence because after we submitted our objections the DMR took several months to convene a RMDEC meeting to discuss the 3rd Bongani Prospecting Right application. The meeting was finally held on 28 July 2010. The Verlorenvlei Coalition were not allowed to make submissions, despite a mammoth task in preparing a […]

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NEW Riviera Prospecting Right application – where we stand

The Verlorenvlei Coalition has been dedicated in their resistance to the third prospecting application in the Verlorenvlei catchment area, made by Bongani Minerals earlier this year. Thank you to everyone who submitted their objection to the application and who commented on our website. The Department of Mineral Resources apparently received hundreds of formal objections. There was a long waiting period when the […]

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