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MEC Vusi Shongwe. Picture: Bongani Mthimunye
MEC Vusi Shongwe. Picture: Bongani Mthimunye


After losing many court battles to allow the opening of a coal mine in a protected and freshwater source area, the Mpumalanga government has resorted to cutting corners.

Agriculture and Environmental Affairs MEC Vusi Shongwe has now excluded 27 503 hectares of land – where the Yzermyn Underground Coal Mine is supposed to open – from the Mabola Protected Area near Wakkerstroom.

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