Umzumbe River, ‘top spot’ for mining

2017-03-16 06:02

THE Umzumbe River is one of the top spots for illegal sand mining.

Recently in a newspaper an application for a permit to mine on the river was published. The application was by Green Mile cc 100. The applicant had applied to mine on a site between Farm Quabi 9233 and Frankland No. 2 9598.

According to Enviro Pro’s Stephanie Denison the applicants for this permit are members of the Umzumbe community.

The proposal is to mine a maximum area of 4.95 hectares, including the loading and storage area.

Last year, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane visited Umzumbe­ to talk to the community about illegal sand mining, which has become prevalent.

Zwane told the community it would be better for them to form co-ops as members of the community and apply for mining permits in order to do away with illegal miners.

Zwane had also promised to return to the area to train the community or the formed mining co-ops on the proper mining procedures to follow.

Umzumbe Mayor Cllr Sizwe Ngcobo said as the leadership of the municipality they are unaware of any co-operation being formed by community members, however, he is not against it as it was an instruction given to the members of the community by the minister.

“As far as I am concerned the minister made a recommendation that mayors from the district get together and arrange a date for him to come back and discuss issues of mining in the entire district.”

Ngcobo said the minister has not announced a date for his return visit, but said they are in the process of organising the meeting with the office of minister.

DMR was contacted for comment, however, no comment was received at the time of going to press.

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