Sadly, promising Kimberlite pipes have been found about 5 km from the village of Haenertsburg. The site incorporates some highly threatened ecosystems including portions the Woodbush Granite grasslands.
An application to conduct invasive prospecting on this site was submitted by Ndowana Exploration (a joint venture between De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited and Mvelaphanda Resources). FroHG has taken an active role in opposing this project. The net result at this point in the copied letter below:
Dear Interested and Affected Party,
APPLICATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORISATION FOR THE PROPOSED PROSPECTING OPERATIONS BY NDOWANA EXPLORATION TWO (PTY) LTD IN THE HAENERTSBURG AREA WITHIN THE LEPELLE-NKUMPI LOCAL MUNICIPALITY OF CAPRICORN DISTRICT.
I have been requested by Ndowana Exploration Two (Pty) Ltd., in terms of Regulation 10(2) of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations 2006, to inform you that the Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism has decided not to grant authorisation for their above application.
The following is a direct copy of the concluding paragraph in the Reasons for the Decision:
“ 3.2 After consideration of the information and factors listed above, the Department made the following findings-
a) Despite the efforts by the Department to indicate the sensitivity of the area, the public strongly oppose to the proposed activity into taking place;
b) The land owners consent letter is not included in this application; and
c) The site alternatives were not assessed.
In view of the above and acknowledgement of the extremely sensitive, critically endangered and irreplaceable environmental biomes that exist in the area as well as the strong community opposition to the proposed activity, the Department does not support this development. The application is accordingly denied. ″
Full text of this letter is attached below:
De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited and Mvelaphanda Resources (Pty) Ltd. in a joint venture, Ndowana Exploration Two (Pty) Ltd., are prospecting for a diamond mine in the Wolkberg Mountains 4.5 km from the town of Haenertsburg