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Wolvekrans Colliery – Environmental Authorisation

An Environmental Authorisation (EA) for the consolidated application was granted to South32 SA Coal Holdings (Pty) Ltd by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) on 28 November 2019, in terms of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No.107 of 1998) as amended and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations – GNR 982 to GNR 985 of 4 December 2014, as amended.

The following applications were consolidated into one Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) and associated Environmental Management Programme (EMPr) in March 2017 and therefore the EA was granted for the following developments:

  • Proposed Infrastructure Development at the Goedehoop North Mini-Pit
  • Proposed expansion at the Wolvekrans Colliery’s North Section
  • Vandyksdrift Central (VDDC) dewatering project
  • Vandyksdrift North (VDDN) amendment project.

As required by Regulation 4(2) of the NEMA Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations (Government Notice R982 of 4 December 2014, as amended) (NEMA EIA Regulations), all registered Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs) must be notified of the decision within 14 days of the date of receiving the Department’s decision. As per the EA, we would like to draw your attention to Chapter 2 of the NEMA National Appeal Regulations (Government Notice R993 of 8 December 2014, as amended) (NEMA Appeal Regulations) which prescribe the appeal procedure to be followed.

Should any party wish to appeal any aspect of the decision, a notice of intention to appeal must be lodged by all prospective appellants with the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), within 20 days of the date of the Department’s decision. As the decision by the DMR was signed and issued on the 28 November 2019, the notice of intention to appeal must be submitted to the DEA by 19 December 2019.

The notice of intention to appeal must be directed to the DEA, with a copy to the DMR by one of the following methods:


Attention: Directorate Appeals and Legal Review
By Post: Private Bag X447, Pretoria, 0001
By Hand: Environmental House, Corner Steve Biko and Soutpansberg Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0083
By Email:


Attention: Regional Manager: Mpumalanga Region
By Post: Private Bag X7279, Witbank, 1035
By Hand: Safeways Centre, Nelson Mandela Drive, Emalahleni, 1035
By Email:
By fax: 013 656 1474