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Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources concerned about illegal coal mining
Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources concerned about illegal coal miningThe Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources is concerned about the scale of illegal coal mining at a derelict mine in Osizweni, outside Newcastle in KwaZulu-Natal province.   Last week on Friday, 17 October 2014 the Committee met with entities of the Department of Mineral Resources including Mintek, Council for Geoscience and Mine Health Council.     The entities appeared before the Committee to report on how they performed in the 2013/14 financial year.   On Mintek presentation, Committee Chairperson Mr Sahlulele Luzipo asked about measures that were put in place to effectively deal with illegal coal mining in Osizweni and what resources are needed.   Similarly, Mr Luzipo advised Mintek to build partnerships with relevant stakeholders including the Department of Mineral Resources in order to come up with a holistic intervention that will bring a solutio
Over 100 mines have no water-use licences
Over 100 mines have no water-use licencesA total of 103 mines are breaking the law by operating without water-use licences, according to Water Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.   As of July 25 this year, 103 mines were operating without valid water-use licences, and out of these, 55 had applied for a licence, she said in a written
Residents of Mtunzini takes on mining company
Residents of Mtunzini takes on mining companyResidents of Mtunzini, a small holiday town on the North Coast, are to take on a multinational mining company that wants to mine on their doorsteps.   On one side are the residents, a group of about 2 400 people. In the past, they made a living mainly from eco-tourism.   On the other s
34 miners trapped after Bosnia quake
34 miners trapped after Bosnia quakeThirty-four miners remained trapped inside a Bosnian coal mine on Friday after an earthquake triggered a gas explosion and caved in two tunnels. "Of 56 miners that were in the mine, 22 made it back to the surface and 34 are still in the affected zone," said Esad Civic, manager at the Rasp
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