Heritage Cases

Koa Valley Prospecting Right Application, Northern Cape Province





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Black Mountain Mining (Pty) Ltd (the Applicant) has submitted an application for a Prospecting Right in terms of Section 16 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 (Act 28 of 2002) (MPRDA) and an Application for Environmental Authorization in terms of Chapter 6 of GNR 326 promulgated under the National Environmental Management Act (Act 107 of 1998) (NEMA) to prospect for ferrous & base metals (Copper Ore, Iron Ore, Zinc Ore, Lead Ore, Manganese Ore, Nickel and Molybdenum) and all associated metals and minerals , precious metals (Gold Ore, Silver Ore) and all associated metals and minerals as well as nuclear fuels (Uranium) and all associated metals and minerals. The proposed project that will aim to ascertain if economically viable mineral deposits exist within the application area. In order to undertake prospecting activities, Black Mountain Mining will require a Prospecting Right in terms of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA, Act No.28 of 2002). The Applicant is also required to obtain an Environmental Authorisation (EA) in terms of the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA, Act No. 107 of 1998) which involves the submission of a Basic Assessment Report (BAR). Environmental Impact Management Services (Pty) Ltd (EIMS) have been appointed by Black Mountain Mining to compile the BAR in support of the Prospecting Right application submitted by EIMS on behalf of Black Mountain Mining, which in turn will be submitted to the DMR for adjudication.


Mining is an important economic sector, accounting for 21.3% of total employment (2007) in the Northern Cape. Black Mountain mine has more than 1500 employees, of whom almost 80% are local (from the Namaqualand and Bushmanland regions of the Northern Cape). Black Mountain is also the largest private employer in this region of the Northern Cape and has been a stable employer for the last three decades, with potential to continue providing significant employment for another twenty years. The well-established infrastructure available at the dedicated mining town of Aggeneys is a significant advantage. It is predicted that the life of Black Mountain mine will last until 2020 and beyond. Thus, the mine will remain profitable and an important economic driver in the region for many years to come.


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