Mine admits guilt and coughs up for farmer

A Mpumalanga farmer has triumphed over a coal mine in a case that has set a legal precedent for mines who don’t comply with the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA).

Anker Coal and Mineral Holdings have been ordered to pay a fine of R224 000, of which R144 000 is allocated to farmer Dr Colin Forbes and R80 000 to the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency. An additional three fines of R180 000 have been suspended for five years.

Read the full story in the 20 April 2012 issue of FW.