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Documentation representing the draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the Environmental Management Programme Reports  (EMP).

Prime Spot Trading 11 (Pty) Ltd, (Prime Spot), has applied for a mining right & associated waste management licence over a portion of portion
1 of the Farm Vischgat 467IR (approximately 95 hectares) During the application process the portion of land has been sub-divided and is now known as Portion 59 of the Farm Vischgat 467IR.
The application is to mine aggregate and stone via opencast mining methods. Pertinent information to this application is;
  • The application is preceded by a prospecting right (GP 10198 PR) in the name of Prime Spot
  • There was an established mining operation on the site (not Prime Spot), which has resulted in a small quarry & a disturbed footprint associated with the old crushing plant and stockpiles.
The Final Scoping Report for the application was accepted by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) on the 23rd of February 2017.

Public participation

Public participation is a widely used term that describes information sharing between an applicant and various role players commonly referred to as stakeholders or interested and affected parties (I&APs).  These role players encompass representatives and individuals from a diverse range of groups including:

• Landowners,
• NGO’s,
• Decision makers on all levels of government, and
• Any other individual, company or organisation that has a particular interest in the project.

The public participation process is predominantly carried out as part of a legal environmental authorisation process, such as; Mining and/or Prospecting Applications,  Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs), Basic Assessments, Waste Licences, Atmospheric Emissions Licences (AEL) and Water Use Licence (WUL).  Although the requirements for public participation processes may differ between these environmental authorisations, the fundamental principles of transparency, fairness and reasonableness are enshrined as the core values of public participation in all environmental authorisation processes.

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Prime Spot Trading – Vischgat Mining Right Application:
Comments to please be provided by 31 May 2017
Prime Spot – GP 10049 MR -EIA EMPr_Draft Report (31 May 2017)
Prime Spot – GP 10049 MR – EIA EMPr_ Appendix A4 – Groundwater
Prime Spot – GP 10049 MR – EIA EMPr_ Appendix A5 Heritage
Prime Spot – GP 10049 MR -EIA EMPr_Appendix A8 – Blasting
Prime Spot – GP 10049 MR – EIA EMPr_Appendix A11 – Financial Provision


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