New plans for Blyvoor gathering momentum

An old hostel in Blyvoor's village. The new plans for the resurrection of a part of the mine may reverse some of the decay that has plagued Blyvoor since it was liquidated in 2015.

Plans for new activities at Blyvoor Gold Mine are gathering momentum.
In an advert placed in last week’s Herald, the environmental consultancy firm, Digby Wells announced that the draft scoping report had been released and will be available at the Carletonville and Fochville libraries. Blyvoor Gold
plans to resume activities at the mine.
The company is planning to conduct underground mining activities at the old Blyvoor 5 Shaft and recover  gold through a metallurgical plant on its previous site.
It is estimated that work at the Blyvoor underground workings will continue for more than 30 years, during which the tailings reclamation will be staggered.
According to the company’s plans, the old Blyvoor 7 tailings facility will be mined over the first eight years and
those at the No. 6 tailings facility over the next seven years. The three tailings dams at Doornfontein will be mined
from year 15 to the end of the mine.
Blyvoor Gold is currently applying for an air emissions licence for the operations on the two proposed metallurgical
plants. In the meantime, the well-known environmentalist and CEO of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment
(FSE), Ms Mariette Liefferink said on Tuesday that she was not happy with the processes that have been followed.
‘I am very upset because it has emerged that the environmental plan for the new project was already approved
last year, without noting our previous concerns.
‘We officially complained to the Minister of Environmental Affairs about this because we believe the public participation process was already flawed and that everything would have to be redone. I communicated this to
Blyvoor Gold but I have not yet received a response.
‘As the FSE is currently involved in a court case over Blyvoor’s pollution of the environment – headed by the Green
Scorpions – Blyvoor Gold also knows very well that, as an affected party in the proceedings, we cannot just be ignored,’ Liefferink told the Herald.
She says the FSE regards the air pollution from tailings dam No. 6 as a much bigger environmental concern than the emissions from the two planned recovery plants (for which the air emissions licence has been sought).
The former is so bad that it often clouds the road between Elandsridge and Blyvoor completely.
The draft scoping report is available for public comment from 2 February to 6 March. For more information on the
public participation process, contact Ms Nondumiso Gwala at 011 789 9495.
‘Jobs will be created and Blyvoor will pay Rand Water for the consumption, which will take pressure off the  municipality. The existing infrastructure (including bulk services) will be refurbished and upgraded. The crime (illegal miners) and the absolute decay at Blyvoor will be addressed and, therefore, this matter can only be seen as positive,’ a spokesperson for the Merafong City Local Municipality replied when asked for their view on this matter.

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