Proposed Plant Expansion Project for the Pilanesberg Platinum Mine (Pty) Ltd

Written by  Sunday, 19 July 2015 05:31
Rate this item
(0 votes)

In April 2015 we were informed of the EIA/EMP report for the proposed changes to surface infrastructure at Pilanesberg Platinum Mine (DREAD REF: NWP/EIA/88/2011.  DEA REF NO: 12/9/11/L750/7).

In the recent application, we are informed of the Applicant’s proposed expansion of:
1. A mineral processing facilities to incorporate the following within the boundary of the existing processing plant
2. A hydrometallurgical plant for the extraction of PGMs and base metals;
3. An UG2 milling and flotation circuit to process ore from the SPM operation;
4. A modular tailings re-treatment plant for the extraction of PGMs, which will require the re- processing of the existing TSF;
5. A chrome recovery facility to extract chrome resources from ore produced by the Sedibelo Platinum Mines operation.

In addition to the above-mention processing facility expansion, it is planned that the following infrastructure will be established or upgraded:
• the existing sewage treatment plant will be upgraded;
• establishment of a waste storage facility at the mine and plant area;
• construction of a new training centre;
• establishment of a number of community based initiatives such as:
• aggregate crusher and brick making project

We express concern regarding the piece-meal approach by the Applicant. We hereby request that an assessment be conducted of the accumulative impacts of:
1. the current operations
2. the changes to the surface infrastructure at the Pilanesberg Platinum Mine
3. the proposed Plant Expansion

We hereby record our objection to the above-mentioned Application grounded upon the following:
1. An Environmental Management Framework (EMF) for the Pilanesberg area has not been developed.
2. A regional assessment of the impacts upon water quality and quantity has not been conducted.
In terms of the Department of Water Affairs’ Classification of Significant Water Resources in the Crocodile (West) Marico WMA and Matlabas and Mokolo Catchments: Limpopo WMA (WP 10506) Classification Report a dramatic increase in water demands is predicted as a result of:

  • Current mining activities and proposed mining activities
  • Sasol’s proposed Maphuta coal to liquid fuel projects
  • The exploitation of the vast coal reserves in the Waterberg;
  • Exxaro’s Grootegeluk Colliery (largest open cast coal mine of its kind in the world);
  • The expansion of the Grootegeluk mine to supply the new Medupi Power Station with coal; and
  • Matimba and Medupi three new Eskom power stations in the future. (Pages 3 and 4 of the Classification Report.)


Open-cast· coal mine a threat to Springs wetland

WITH hands covered with liver spots, Stan Madden points out the expanse of Aston Lake glimmering  in  the  distance Fields of near-ripened meal­ies and clusters of soya beans stretch across this fertile, wet­land-sodden landscape on the outskirts of Springs

Tough times for S.Africa town blighted by mine closure

The closure of the mine at Blyvooruitzicht, which sat on one of South Africa's r...

R60 Billion held for mines that are never closed

Never-before-seen data shows a fortune has been set aside for mine rehabilitatio...


Nuwe myn ‘sal duisende hul huise kos’

Byna 10 000 mense sal verskuif moet word as Anglo Operations Ltd en Canyon Coal hul sin kry om ’n massiewe oopgroefsteenkoolmyn oos van Springs te begin.

SA coal mines leave legacy of ruin

Johannesburg - A 19-month data investigation of mine closures indicates that since at least 2011 no large coal mines operating in South Africa have been granted closure.

Besoedelingklagte: Mynbase daag nie by hof op

Drie direkteure van die Blyvooruitzicht- en Village Main Reef-goudmyn buite ­Carletonville kan ’n boete van tot R10 miljoen of tien jaar tronkstraf opgelê word weens die beweerde besoedeling en agteruitgang van die omgewing.

LLM/MPhil in Environmental Law Programme launched

  The Department of Public Law at the University of Pretoria hosted a launch of its LLM and MPhil programmes in Environmental Law, coordinated by Ms Melanie Murcott, Senior Lecturer, Environmental and Administrative Law, in February 2017.


Eastern Basin acid water plant is "sledgehammer"

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has used a "sledgehammer" for its R1bn treatment plant for acid mine drainage (AMD) on the Eastern mining basin that could ultimately create more toxic water.  This is the view of water strategy and consulting mining hydrologist Kym Morton, who believes government is "wasting money" by pumping large volumes of water and adding lime that makes it alkaline but still toxic and hazardous. 

SABC Health Talk, Environmental Health: 25 February 2017

Focus on preventing illness rather than incurring the expense of treatment....

Rand Water tightens the taps in Gauteng

In the Midvaal suburb where Sipho Mosai lives, the gardens are lush and green be...