Exxaro Inyanda Coal proposes to expand their mining operation within the approved mining right area by means of a new box cut and opencast
The new box cut will increase the life of mine and the mine is expanding to a previously undisturbed land and thus an environmental authorisation has to be granted, in order for the mine to continue its operations mining area north of the existing opencast mining operation
Lidwala SA was appointed for the application and environmental authorisation
A scoping and EIA process was completed during which reasonable technical alternatives were identified and the necessary specialists consulted. All possible impacts associated with an expansion of an existing mine were assessed and discussed during specialist integration workshops and rated.
An environmental description was given for the area where the new box cut will be. Photographs were taken of the current mining area. Recommendations were made and final report is to be submitted to DEA