Companies to pay clean-up costs of abandoned South African mines

By bne IntelliNews September 16, 2010
Traceable owners ofabandoned mines will have to pay the cost of cleaning up their mines saysDirector General at the Department of Mineral Resources, Sandile Nogxina. Theestimated cost for the 10 year rehabilitation plan was ZAR 1.456bn, excludinginflation, for which the Department does not have the funding. The governmentspriority was to deal with mines posing an immediate threat to communities, suchas asbestos sites and open pits. The owners of abandoned mines who can betraced will be held responsible in terms of the law.

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