On Saturday 26 June the Madabukela Traditional Council visited Ematafuleni and KwaNgema to deliver the final presentation for the Ematafuleni Colliery as part of public participation.
The Lazalelihlokohloko Mining and Projects (LMP) group has been active in Piet Retief since 2008 and is located approximately 10 km west of Piet Retief. They are applying for mining and prospecting rights in order to mine anthracite coal, thermal coal and coking coal. The LMP’s current application involves a mining permit for an open cast mine on a five hectare property.
They had to submit their proposal to various farm owners, land owners, business owners, the Tribal Authority, HDP (Historically Disadvantaged Persons) and the SDSA.
As part of the community participation project, they will allocate R5-00 per ton of coal that they mine towards the community of Ematafuleni, which will be paid into a trust account. They also plan on making up 70% of their workforce from local people.
On Tuesday 29 June they again held a meeting with the Kwa Madabukela Traditional Council. Unfortunately, an agreement could not be reached due to a lack of time to properly go through the LMP’s final report. They did however reach an agreement with the community of Ematafuleni.
This mine will ensure employment and prosperity to the community if they are granted their permits. The community is hopeful that it will bring economic growth.