Client: South32 Limited

South32: Proposed Extension of the Railway Infrastructure at the Wessels Mine, Northern Cape

July 18, 2022

Hotazel Manganese Mines (Pty) Ltd (HMM), a subsidiary of South32 Limited (South32), owns and operates the underground Wessels Manganese Mine (Wessels Mine) located approximately 15 km north of the town of Hotazel, in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality (JTGDM) and the Joe Morolong Local Municipality (JMLM), Northern Cape province.

The Wessels Mine is located on the farms Dibiaghomo 226, Wessels 227 and Dikgatlong 268 and comprises vertical and incline shafts for access to underground areas, waste rock dump (WRD) and stockpile areas, along with support services and infrastructure. As part of its on-going mine planning, HMM has identified the need to upgrade the existing railway infrastructure at the Wessels Mine. In this regard, HMM is proposing to design a new rail balloon and upgrade the existing railway infrastructure (the proposed project).

Contact

Name: Rizqah Baker
Email: rbaker@slrconsulting.com
Telephone: 011 467 0945

Status

On behalf of South32 Limited (South32), notice is hereby given that on 30 June 2022, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) granted and issued an Environmental Authorisation (EA) (dated 30 June 2022) to South32 for the Proposed Extension of the Railway Infrastructure at the Wessels Mine, Northern Cape.

A copy of the EA is provided below and outlines the reasons for decision.

Your attention is drawn to your right to lodge a formal appeal against the decision in terms of the National Appeal Regulations, 2014 (as amended). Formal correspondence in this regard is attached below.