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14 May 2012 11:19
Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa. (Nadine Hutton)
Beeld reported on Monday the mining giant allegedly destroyed one wetland and has commenced mining in a second.Three weeks ago Minister of Water and Environment Affairs Edna Molewa, in a written response to a question by the Democratic Alliance (DA), said Exxaro had broken the law at its Leeuwpan coalmine.Delmas farmer Peet Bezuidenhout said on Sunday he had complained to Blue Scorpions head Nigel Adams, because Exxaro had depleted a wetland area, and now, most recently, drained a pan before beginning another mining operation. The wetland area and the pan were situated next to each other on the farm Weltevreden.Adams said law enforcers would visit the farm on Monday.Exxaro spokesperson Hilton Atkinson told Beeld he would respond to questions on Monday.Molewa said in her written response to the DA that officials from her department had already visited the farm twice, and that Exxaro had been explicitly warned it had damaged the wetland, and transgressed the terms of its licensing agreement.According to Molewa, the mining giant was not allowed to use any water that affected the functioning of the wetland.
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