Tensions mount over mining activities on sensitive wetland

Mining giant Exxaro Resources has responded to allegations that it has drained sensitive wetlands at its mining operations at Leeuwpan coal mine, near Delmas in Mpumalanga, saying their mining activities complied with mining and environmental legislation.

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A complaint has reportedly been laid by farmer Peet Bezuidenhout with the Department of Water Affairs’ (DWA) Blue Scorpions, alleging that the mining giant had depleted one wetland area on the farm Weltevreden and had commenced draining a second pan before commencing mining there too.

Read the full story in the 25 May issue of FW.