Impact on area studied

2018-05-16 06:00
Stakeholders at the symposium in Postmasburg.Photo: Supplied

Stakeholders at the symposium in Postmasburg.Photo: Supplied

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An environmental symposium, held at the Soetfontein Guest Farm in Postmasburg in April, reportedly revealed how much work is being done by Kolomela to monitor the health of birds, animals and trees.

“Throughout its life, Kolomela Mine has carried out extensive research on the ecosystems and biodiversity in and around the mine licence area,” said Jaco Lambrechts, section manager for Environment at Kolomela.

“The studies and monitoring are conducted so that we can better understand the environment in which we operate and the impact of our activities on it.”

The environmental section invited specialists and scientists of various disciplines to give presentations on the work they have carried out for Kolomela to date.

The objective of the symposium was to share information in order to better understand the links between the various aspects of the environment they are studying.

It also provided an opportunity for the environmental section to showcase the groundbreaking work being done for other stakeholders of Kumba Iron Ore, including key community members such as farmers, Northern Cape regulators and industry.

Around 20 topics were presented, ranging from species diversity (birds, reptiles, insects and mammals) to heritage management and land use, as well as mining impact on fauna, flora and ecosystem processes.

Gawie van Dyk, director for Water Sector Regulation, Water and Sanitation, mentioned at the symposium that he felt positive and inspired by the Kolomela Mine, which practices environmental management based on research and shares the impact of mining on the environment with the community.

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