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Postponed: The Department of Environmental Affairs, SANParks and Coal of Africa to sign Biodiversity Offset Agreement for Vele Colliery

Please note that the event has been postponed till next week. A new date will be communicated soon. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
20 March 2014


The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa will, on 25 March 2014, sign a historic Biodiversity Offset Agreement (BOA) for the Vele Colliery. The agreement will be signed with Mr Kuseni Dlamini from South African National Parks (SANParks) and Mr David Brown from CoAL of Africa Limited (CoAL). The signing will form part of a media briefing on the issue and will take place at Cricklewood Manor, Pretoria.

The Agreement is aimed at strengthening co-operation between the three parties towards the conservation and sustainable development of the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape (MCL) World Heritage Site. It is also aimed at maintaining the integrity of the site, and ensuring that the negative impacts of development are avoided, minimised or remedied in the pursuit of sustainable development. The Agreement is also aimed at promoting the development of Mapungubwe so that it benefits the receiving environment, the local economy and resident communities.

During the briefing session, addresses will be delivered by the Minister; SANParks Chairperson, Mr Kuseni Dlamini; and Coal of Africa Limited CEO, Mr David Brown. These will articulate the importance of the agreement for each of the organisations represented, and for the South African mining and environmental sectors as a whole. The addresses will be followed by the signing of the agreement, after which the session will be open for questions and engagement with the media.

The Details of the media briefing are as follows:

Date: Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Venue: Cricklewood Manor
             193 Albert Street
             Waterkloof Ridge

Time: 08h30 – 11h30

To RSVP Contact:

Nwabisa Tsengiwe
Tel: 012 310 3198 or

Divhani Maremba
Tel: 012 426 5304 or

For media queries contact:

Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2871

Reynold Thakhuli (from SANParks)
Cell:  073 373 4999

Florence Duval (from Coal of Africa Ltd)
Cell: 082 339 3091