Delf Silica answers allegations Print E-mail
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Monday, 28 February 2011 07:39
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Trevor Robinson, CEO of Infrasors Holdings, writes:
Our letter pertains to the article 'Pienaarspoorters betoog teen Mynmaatskappy' which appeared in the January 2011 edition of Die/The Bronberger.

The section of property on which Infrasors is contemplating developing a silica quartz mine is located on the farm Pienaarspoort, adjacent to its current mining activities at Delf Sand mine.

Infrasors had conducted extensive drilling of the area during 2007 and 2008. A full-scale mining licence was applied for and granted in the middle of 2010.

A formal consultation process with affected parties was followed in terms of the requirements of the Department of Mineral Resources.

The development of this section had been put on hold as a result of the downturn in the economy. In reevaluating its viability, a bulk sample was deemed necessary to re-consider its potential in terms of the plant design and market penetration. Only after analysis of the sample would a decision be taken on whether to develop this area. Once this decision has been taken the remaining project details will be concluded and any further contingent future regulatory approvals obtained and complied with.

To inform the local residents of the mine's progress, a meeting was held on 4 December 2010 and the mine's progress and the concerns raised by the residents were discussed.

All the concerns raised had already been addressed with action plans included in the licence during the consultation process for the mining licence.

At the meeting a residents committee was formed in order to liaise with the company.

A second meeting was held on 7 December 2010 between the company and the committee where details of the mining licence were provided and preparation for the blast was discussed.

An external geologist attended to explain the local geological structures. As required in terms of the mining licence, all man-made structures close to the mining area were inspected and photographed (the nearest structure being 1.4 km away); three boreholes identified by the committee were tested (the nearest being within 1 km of the proposed mining area); and six monitoring stations for ground vibration and noise were set up for the blast.

The blast was performed on 10 January 2011; the area was excavated and the rock is currently being taken through the next test runs.

The Delf Sand mine which has been in operation since 1995 has continued with its extraction of alluvial sand. During 2010 it has completed the extraction of the alluvial sand in the area north of the railway line with rehabilitation of the area having been started.

Mining on the southern side of the railway line has continued at much the same rate and similar working times as over the past 10 years. The Delf Sand Mine, having been in operation for the past 15 years, has become an integral part of the community and has been able to play its role in the security, preventing unlawful developments, assisting with veld fires and uncontrolled access across the properties within the area.

Infrasors, the new owner, has brought much needed support in ensuring compliance with the ever changing aspects of the regulatory framework within which the mine operates and though maybe not 100% in certain areas is certainly well down the right path in ensuring compliance.


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