Sishen Iron Ore Company (Pty) Ltd: Sishen Iron Ore Mine
NOTICE OF THE APPLICATION FOR A WATER USE LICENCE FOR THE PROPOSED SISHEN EXPANSION PROJECT (DWS ref no WU28209)
This letter gives notice to potential Interested and Affected Parties (“I&Aps”) about where information in respect of the application for the Sishen Expansion Project at Sishen Iron Ore Mine can be obtained, as well as the opportunity for I&Aps to comment on the draft Water and Waste Management Plan (“WWMP”).
BACKGROUND TO THE PROJECT
Sishen Iron Ore Company (Pty) Ltd (“SIOC”) owns and operates the Sishen Iron Ore Mine (“SIOM”). The Sishen Expansion Project at SIOM comprises of further pit expansions that include Far south pushback 19, Lylyveld pit expansion, C&G stockpile at Lylyveld pit, Moolmans workshop, access road and pollution control dam, expansion of the existing tyre storage area, proposed haul roads, and associated mining infrastructure.
Procedure applied to the application
Given the nature and potential impacts associated with the Sishen Expansion Project a Water Use Licence (“WUL”) in terms of the National Water Act, 1998 (Act 36 of 1998), will be applied for with the Department of Water and Sanitation (“DWS”), Orange River and the quaternary catchment D41J. The following Section 21 water use activities will be applied for:
- Section 21(c) of the Act: Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse and Section 21(i) of the Act: Altering the bed, banks, course, or characteristics of a watercourse.
- Section 21(g) of the Act: Disposing of waste in a manner which may detrimentally impact on a water resource.
People have a right to be informed about potential decisions that may affect them and to be afforded an opportunity to influence those decisions. This advertisement forms part of a Public Participation Process as part of the Water Use Licence (“WUL”) process. It describes the various components of the project to enable I&APs to get a better understanding of the potential environmental, economic, and social impacts that could be expected from the Sishen Expansion Project. It also outlines the WUL process and the opportunities for the public to become involved during the study. Public participation will be conducted in terms of GNR 326 of National Environmental Management Act 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998) (NEMA) Environmental Impact Assessment (“EIA”) Regulations, which provides for the notification and participation of any interested and affected parties.
Register as an Interested and Affected Party (I&AP)
You may register as an I&AP. To register as an I&AP of this project, or to obtain more information or submit comments, please request a Registration Form from Shangoni and return it together with any comments to Shangoni by no later than 4 December 2023 at the details provided below.
Availability of the draft WWMP
The draft WWMP is available to the public for review for a period of sixty (60) days, from 6 October – 4 December 2023. An electronic copy of the draft WWMP will also be posted on the Shangoni’s website (www.shangoni.co.za) for public comment for the same period of sixty days.
Where to obtain more information
To obtain additional information please contact the EAP at the details provided below.
Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP): Shangoni Management Services (Pty) Ltd
Contact person: Lee-Anne Fellowes
Tel: 012 807 7036
Fax: 012 807 1014
Postal Address: P. O. Box 74726, Lynnwood Ridge, 0040