ENVIRONMENT: Elandsfontein Refutes Allegations Of Non-Consultation
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Company to continue to engage in a transparent and constructive manner
Elandsfontein refutes allegations that it has not consulted with interested and affected parties, as purported in a statement issued by the Centre for Environmental Rights.
Elandsfontein has engaged in an extensive public participation process, as part of its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Mining Rights Application under the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) and then again for the application for its Integrated Water Use Licence and Air Emissions Licence.
This process started in 2014 and the extent and frequency of engagement has been detailed in the various submissions made to date. Throughout this process, we continued to engage with various stakeholders and had numerous follow up engagements with smaller target groups; consulted with adjacent land owners and farmers associations; participated in extensive engagements with SANParks; and consulted water users within a 5km radius (which exceeds our zone of influence). In addition, we arranged meetings between interested and affected parties in neighbouring communities and independent experts, allowing the public to engage directly with water specialists.
We recognise that engaging with our stakeholders is key to our success and will continue to engage on issues in a manner that is transparent and constructive. We invite and encourage all interested parties to engage directly with us.
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