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Coal Of Africa?

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed regarding Mapungubwe so that a mining company accussed of non-compliance with the National Environmental Management Act can resume its work, with SanParks keeping an eye on them.  What do you think about this?

The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, South African National Parks (SanParks) and Coal of Africa yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will see the three parties working together with regards to mining next to the Mapungubwe world heritage site in Limpopo. The agreement was signed in accordance with section 24G of the National Environmental Management Act. Coal of Africa is involved in mining activities next to Mapungubwe. The Department of Environmental Affairs and SanParks will be monitoring closely and ensuring that Coal of Africa adheres to the regulations agreed upon. As part of the agreement, the integrity of the world heritage site will be maintained through “comprehensive biodiversity offsets programmes, thereby optimising benefits to local communities.” Coal of Africa was forced to stop activities at the Vele site in Limpopo

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Help Save Our World Heritage Site

Green Renaissance Productions has recently filmed a series of videos to raise awareness about the potentially damaging effects of coal mining outside of the Mapungubwe World Heritage site. Mapungubwe is one of South Africa’s most sacred places. It is a World Heritage Site, the site of the earliest Southern African Kingdom, a National Park and a Transfrontier Conservation Area.

But by July 2011 the South African Government had granted Australian-owned mining company, Limpopo Coal, a series of permits to construct a large opencast coal mine in this ancient cultural landscape. Many people do not agree with this.

Please watch the short 2 minute film below- all we ask is that you share it as wildly as possible, on the internet or on other social media channels.

You can also join the campaign at:

www.savemapungubwe.org.za

www.facebook.com/SaveMapungubwe

A full press release is attached, should you need any more information or pictures please let me know.

Many thanks,

Jenna van Schoor