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Heidelberg: Farmers face drought with chance of coal mining

Photo: Farmers work on a land outside Lichtenburg, a maize-growing area in the North West province, South Africa November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

30 November 2015


Photo: Farmers work on a land outside Lichtenburg, a maize-growing area in the North West province, South Africa November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Photo: Farmers work on a land outside Lichtenburg, a maize-growing area in the North West province, South Africa November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

By Bheki Simelane

“It is David against Goliath, and we as the community and farmers are David, just without the right rock to throw.” These were the defiant words spoken by Haan Botha, Chairman of the Grootvlei Farmers’ Union. Botha’s words closed a meeting in Heidelberg, Gauteng, held between community, local farmers, Anglo-American representatives, and other stakeholders last week. Anglo American has already conducted an impact study, and have received the green light from an impact assessment conducted by Golder Associates to sink their shafts in the area, and demarcate it for coal mining use. According to Botha, the early stage of establishing a mine in the area is is all but complete.

Read the full article from the Daily Maverick.

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