CoAL of Africa has submitted its environmental impact assessment and management plan for a new mining license for the Vele Colliery project.

The project, located 48km west of Musina on the Limpopo River, has drawn criticism from locals concerned about the potential impact on the nearby Mapungubwe heritage site and the local environment.

CoAL has pledged to invest R500m over 30 years to safeguard the environment.

Its plans include rehabilitation, relocation, dust suppression and environmental auditing by specialists.

The project is expected to initially produce one million tons of coking coal annually with production increased to five million tons by 2011.

By staff writer