Client: United Manganese of Kalarari (Pty) Ltd
UMK Closure Amendment EIA
United Manganese of Kalahari (Pty) Ltd (UMK) is an opencast manganese mine located to the south of the town of Hotazel in the Northern Cape Province and lies directly adjacent and to the west of the R380 provincial road.
UMK is proposing to apply for an amendment of its environmental management programme (EMPr) on farm Botha 313, the remaining extent (RE) of the farm Smartt 314, and portion 1 and RE of the farm Rissik 330.
The current EMPr commits UMK to completely backfill the open pit voids and rehabilitate the land to achieve an end use of wilderness and grazing. In order to achieve a more sustainable and optimised outcome, UMK is proposing to make an application to change the current closure commitment from complete backfill of the pit voids to natural ground level (NGL) to either partial backfill of the pit voids (i.e. backfilling to a predetermined level below NGL), or In-pit dumping only (i.e. no backfill at mine closure, with the possibility of a pit lake forming in the pit void post closure). Further to this, UMK is planning changes to surface infrastructure at the mine including extension of the Earth Moving Equipment (EME) workshop; development of hard park areas; expansion of the road truck staging area; development of Barlow’s Store; and establishment of new Waste Rock Dumps
The Final Scoping Report for the proposed Amendment of the Environmental Management Programme and Related Environmental Authorisations has been submitted to the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) for adjudication on 16 October 2020.
Should you have any additional comments, please forward them directly to the DMRE and copy SLR in the email.