Dear All

This year the 1st Annual EnviroMining conference was attended by over 40 delegates.  The first annual event saw three regulatory workshops held by the DMR, DEA and DWA respectively.

ITC had a record number of 5 speakers rated above 60% “Excellent”, as per your evaluation form, thank you for your feedback!

Warren Beech, Partner And Head Of Mining, EVERSHEDS
Henno Engelbrecht, Programme Manager, ENVIRONMENTAL ASSURANCE
Yolandi Schoeman, Executive Environmental Manager, EVRAZ HIGHVELD

Thank you to all speakers for their preparation and commitment to attend this platform! 
A special Thank you to Petrus Venter, Deputy Regional Director; IWRM & Catchment Strategies NW, DWA, Sibonelo Mbanjwa, Deputy Director : Impact Management, DEA and Meshack Mudau, Deputy Director: Environment, DMR for their support in imparting their knowhow to delegates and answering all regulatory related questions.

Some of the key outcomes after the conference, during the open forum include:

  • Local land use practices must be managed separately and collectively to ensure sustainable regional catchment management
  • Improved/communication coordination between players in the public sector. The departments are required to give effect to corporative governance
  • Role of section 24G (intent for rectification-admittance of guilt/fines) needs to be balanced with EIA for new activities
  • Need an existence of integrated environmental authorizations to improve many inter governmental coordination
  • With no closure certificates issued to mining rights, a clear timeline process might add to commitment from the mining sector
  • Strategic protected areas excluded for development need to be flagged before applications
  • The disparity between larger mine houses and small mining activities must be dealt with
  • A strong case was made out that government need to provide more and better information to the public and different sectors. National communication systems like 50/50 and similar platforms
  • Compliance challenges experienced in the mining and industrial sector with different legal approaches, requirements and timeframes from DWA,DEA & DMR with conflicting requirements and timeframes
  • Integrated rehabilitation needs to be done by taking into consideration legal requirements, environmental conditions etc, but Government departments such as DMR, DWA and DEA needs to play an active role in the development of such and the greater environmental management approach
The conference was rated as:
42% Excellent, 54% Good, 4% Average

We look forward to hearing some success stories of how integrated rehabilitation is being carried out by taking into consideration legal requirements, environmental conditions etc. We look forward to meeting you at this annual platform


“Topics discussed were very relevant to my current operation and i have learnt a lot from various speakers and through networking”, ROYAL BAFOKENG PLATINUM

I was inspired by the endeavours between the DMR, DWA and DEA to streamline processes”, BHP BILLITON

“The regulator presenters equally had knowledge and passion for their key areas and this helped me greatly”, DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT,ENVIRONMENT AND TOURISM

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Best Regards,

ITC Team