York Timbers fined for cutting corners

Published Apr 12, 2013

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York Timbers has been ordered to pay R450 000 plus interest for contravening environmental legislation in terms of a confiscation order granted by the Nelspruit Regional Court in terms of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act. The granting of the confiscation order followed a sentence of R180 000 handed down by the Nelspruit Regional Court, after the company pleaded guilty to contravening the National Environmental Management Act. The amount York was ordered to pay represents the amount it saved by failing to employ the services of an environmental assessment practitioner or to obtain an environmental authorisation prior to the widening of a forest road in 2007. Environmental Affairs Department spokesman Albi Modise said this was the first successful application for such an order relating to a contravention of environmental impact assessment legislation in South Africa. Shares fell 2.71 percent to close at R3.95. – Roy Cokayne

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