Residents determined to stop mining near Marloth Park

Marloth Park and the fauna and flora of the area could be severely impacted if a mine is erected in the area.

MARLOTH PARK – Residents and property owners in the area are banding together to fight an application for prospecting rights in the area.

In 2015 the Marloth Park Property Owners Association (MPPOA) helped to block prospecting rights applications from a different company and hope to do so again.

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Denis Goffinet of MPPOA, Cindy Benson of Marloth Park Ratepayers Association (MPRA) and their colleagues have been working on finding out as much as they can about the application, company and prospective mining activities.

Currently Manzolwandle Investments, situated in eMalahleni is conducting consultations with interested and affected parties.

The prospecting area comprises portions of Tenbosch 162 JU, Turfbult 593 JU and Tecklenburg’s Rach 548 JU.

According to the comment form sent to interested and affected parties, this is subject to Regulation 17 of the Mine Health and Safety Act and excludes any area within 100 metres of any public road, railway, cemetery, residential or public area.

Tenbosch 162 JU borders the Crocodile River next to the Kruger National Park, Marloth Park, Lionspruit and Ngwenya Lodge.

The mining rights being applied for are reportedly aimed at open-pit anthracite mining.

MPPOA stipulated several areas of concern, which included:

• Impact on local fauna and flora

• Near protected areas such as Marloth Park and the Kruger National Park

• Noise, groundwater, surface water and air pollution

• Security risks

• Land use and rehabilitation

• Visual impact

• Migrant jobseekers.

The possible serious negative impact on the fauna and flora, and as a result the loss of tourists heading to the area, is of great concern. If this happens, it will result in the loss of thousands of jobs in the area.

MPPOA and the MPRA are urging residents and property owners to register as interested and affected parties and work together to help stop mining or prospecting before it gets off the ground.

The registration forms for interested and affected parties can be requested from the MPPOA office at Marlothi Shopping Centre or via email to [email protected] Members of the MPRA can contact Benson on 083-380-7212 or [email protected]

  AUTHOR
Retha Nel

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