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Save the Mapungubwe National Park and Heritage Site!

July 26, 2010

Posted on behalf of the Mapungubwe Action Group

You may be aware that the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has provided a mining licence which allows CoAL of Africa (an Australian
company) to proceed with open cast and underground coal mining just 5.4km from the border of Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site. This area forms the core of the new Trans-frontier Conservation Area (TFCA) which will include SA, Botswana and Zimbabwe. This area should become an international tourism jewel for generations to come – if it doesn’t fall to the short-term, get rich quick interests of those
standing to benefit from a coal mine.

This mine is opposed by many government departments including the Department of the Environment. No water licence has yet been issued by
the Dept Water Affairs. A coalition of NGO’s is in the final stages of preparing for legal action against the DMR as this department continues
to act completely unilaterally and, we believe, illegally.


Open the link to the site below and sign the petition. This campaign forms an important aspect of the looming battle to help preserve SA’s
sensitive environmental areas, water resources and farming operations against the increasing plethora of indiscriminate mining approvals.

Kind regards,

Nick Hiltermann

Chairman – Mapungubwe Action Group

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