Blyvoor: There may yet be good news in store

Blyvoor's gold plant, which already belongs to the company, Blyvoor Gold.
Blyvoor's gold plant, which already belongs to the company, Blyvoor Gold.

The prospects of one of Blyvoor Gold Mine’s shafts being sold to a company that intends to reopen it are starting to look better.
According to the mine’s liquidator, Mr Leigh Roering, the final liquidation date has been suspended to give the company, Blyvoor Gold, time to finalise the mining rights transfer.
Blyvoor Gold’s plans could mean that some miners will be re-employed in an effort to resurrect the Blyvoor’s old 5 Shaft.
This company bought 5 Shaft, the slimes dams and Blyvoor’s old gold plant. Roering said that, while the company has already received formal confirmation that the registration of the transfer has been completed, they are just waiting for confirmation that the Minister of Mineral Resources (DMR), Mr Mosebenzi Zwane, has officially approved the transfer. This process has nothing to do with the outcome of the current
legal battle between the Chamber of Mines and the DMR over the new Mining Charter.
On Tuesday, Roering said the minister’s confirmation may be available as early as this week. In the meantime, talks are currently underway with the Housing Development Agency to see whether, and how, the state would take over Blyvoor village in the absence of a buyer.
The well-known environmentalist and CEO of the Federation for a Sustainable  Environment, Ms Mariette Liefferink, also told the Herald that the court case to hold Blyvoor’s former owners accountable for the environmental damage is still continuing.
The case was last heard in the Oberholzer Regional Court on 21 July and has been postponed until 4 October.
Liefferink originally opened this case in 2014, when it was investigated by the Green Scorpions. ‘The way in which Blyvoor was just abandoned is unacceptable.
There is currently no management of the No 6 slimes dam, for instance. Much of these tailings have either been blown away or washed toward the Wonderfontenspruit. Our court case can set an important precedent because the last remaining mine in an area,
the community and impoverished municipalities currently have to deal with many of the environmental problems caused by the closure of the mines,’ she said.

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