DURBAN - Civil rights group AfriForum said on Monday that it would be opposing plans to mine coal over an area of 18 000 ha on the doorstep of the Kruger National Park.
The organisation said it met with the Marloth Park Taxpayers’ Association and other interested parties earlier in the day in the run-up to opposing the mining.
AfriForum's legal team had sent a letter to Singo Consulting (Pty) Ltd and Manzolwandle Investments (Pty) Ltd - who were intending to mine coal in the area - regarding the lack of processes which had been followed to date, the organisation said.
According to Lambert de Klerk, who heads AfriForum’s environmental affairs, the letter was necessary because the involved parties neglected to make sufficient information about the intended mine public.
"Furthermore, no proper consultation or public participation process has been followed. Interested parties had no opportunity to register as an interested group and no documents such as an environmental impact assessment have been made available," said de Klerk.