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