Client: Afplats (Pty) Ltd
Wolvekraal Kareepoort PR Closure
Afplats (Pty) Ltd (Afplats) holds a prospecting right on Portion 2 of the farm Wolvekraal 408 JQ and Portion 1 of the farm Kareepoort 407 JQ from the Department of Mineral Resources (now referred to as the Department of Mineral Resource and Energy). This prospecting right is referred to as the Wolvekraal Kareepoort prospecting right. The prospecting right area is approximately 16 km west of Brits within the Rustenburg Local Municipality and Bojanala Platinum District Municipality in the North West Province.
Between 2007 and 2014, Afplats undertook prospecting activities on the above-mentioned portions of the farms Wolvekraal 408 JQ and Kareepoort 407 JQ, during which time 13 approved exploration drill holes were drilled. Afplats is now planning to close its Wolvekraal Kareepoort prospecting right.
Prior to the proposed closure of the prospecting right, Imbasa will need to obtain environmental authorisation from the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy. In support of this, Afplats is required to submit a closure application in terms of Section 43(4) of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (No. 28 of 2002) (MPRDA). In addition, the decommissioning of any activity requiring a closure certificate in terms of Section 43 of the MPRDA is an activity in Listing Notice 1 under the EIA Regulations, 2014 (as amended) and a basic assessment process in terms of the National Environmental Management Act (No. 107 of 1998) (NEMA) is required.
In this regard, the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations being followed are Government Notice Regulation (GNR) 982 of 4 December 2014, as amended. SLR Consulting (Africa) (Pty) Ltd (SLR), an independent firm of environmental consultants, has been appointed by Afplats (Pty) Ltd to manage the environmental assessment process.
The Draft Basic Assessment Report is being circulated to commenting authorities and registered Interested and Affected Parties (for a review period of 30 days) as part of the Public Participation Process. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments to SLR by 23 November 2020.