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National Mine Closure Strategy Drawn Up

May 25, 2021

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

The Draft National Mine Closure Strategy has been published for comment.

The mineral resources and energy department published the Draft Strategy in Government Gazette 44607.

The objectives of the Draft National Mine Closure Strategy are to manage the closure of mines in a demarcated area in an integrated and sustainable manner; ensuring that mines do not impact negatively on the livelihood of adjacent/interconnected mines in a demarcated area; promote a strategic approach to managing water at mining and mineral processing sites so that water is more efficiently managed and valued and to develop a post closure mine water strategy for an area; make provision for post-closure stewardship and socio-economic sustainability and continue monitoring the implementation of individual and regional mine closure plans and integrate environmental management and related closure activities with socio-economic interventions and aligning these with development of a post-closure economy.

Key focus areas of the Draft Strategy include planning for closure beyond environmental rehabilitation, closure planning throughout the mining lifecycle and regional approach to mine closure.

The proposed implementation plan focuses on economic succession planning and the development of a sustainable post-mining economy; economic benchmarking, planning a diverse post-mining economy; the integration of socio-economic activities with mine environmental management and closure; tailoring closure programmes to various categories of mines and peer review, monitoring and evaluation.

Comment is invited until 23 July 2021.