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Lungi Ndimande
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16 Apr 2018
4:38 pm

Residents say no to mining in Roodepoort

Lungi Ndimande

A mining company has applied for a 30-year mining rights licence in Roodepoort from the Department of Minerals.

Holding the microphone is Ward 84 Councillor Gert Niemand at the anti-mining meeting. Photo: Lungi Ndimande.

The community of Roodepoort are standing together as they oppose the West Wits Mining Company’s application, Roodepoort Record reports.

The mining company has applied to get a 30-year mining rights licence in Roodepoort from the Department of Minerals.

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The mining is proposed to operate in parts of Florida Park, Hamberg, Georginia, Creswell Park, Roodepoort CBD, Matholesville and Witpoortjie.

Map showing where the mining will take place. Photo: Lungi Ndimande.

The company’s intention is to construct a open cast mine. Should the Department of Minerals grant them the approval, they will be mining gold, silver, sandstone and aggregate.

Community members say that the mining company is a financially driven project and the residents have a lot more at stake, including social and economic disruption, pollution, and the health of both humans and animals.

To take part in the petition opposing the development, visit http://www.georginiasrf.co.za, or use the following link: https://www.gopetition.com/petitions/cfgh-residents-petition-against-open-cast-mining-by-west-wits-mining-mlb-pty-ltd.html

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