Client: West Wits Mining
West Wits MLI Integrated Waste and Water Management Plan in Support of the Integrated Water Use Licence Application
West Wits MLI (Proprietary) Limited (West Wits), proposes to establish a mining operation in an area located south of Roodepoort and to the north of Soweto in the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng. West Wits currently holds the following authorisation: An Integrated Environmental Authorisation in terms of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (No. 107 of 1998) (NEMA), the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008 (No. 59 of 2008) (NEM: WA), as amended and the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 (No. 28 of 2002) (MPRDA) as amended. (Reference number: GP 30/5/1/2/2 (10073) MR) issued and approved by the former DMR (currently the DMRE) on 23 June 2020.
In broad terms the mining operations will involve the development of one open pit mining area (referred to as the Mona Lisa Pit) and the construction of two infrastructure complexes (referred to as the Bird Reef Central Infrastructure Complex and Kimberley Reef East Infrastructure Complex) to access the existing underground mine workings. The project will include the establishment of a run of mine (ROM) ore stockpile, topsoil stockpiles and Waste Rock Dumps (WRD) as well as supporting infrastructure including material storage and handling facilities (for fuel, lubricants, general and hazardous substances), general and hazardous waste management facilities, water management infrastructure, communication and lighting facilities, centralised and satellite offices, workshops, stores, change houses, lamprooms, vent fans and security facilities.
Primary mineral processing will take place on site, where ore will be crushed prior to transportation off-site. All run-of mine material will be transported to an existing processing plant off-site for concentrating of minerals. The expected life of mine for the open pit operations (inclusive of rehabilitation) is two (2) years and 20 years for the underground operations thus a total life of mine of 22 years (Excluding care and maintenance).
SLR Consulting (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd (SLR) has been appointed as the independent environmental assessment practitioner (EAP) responsible for undertaking the integrated water use licence application (IWULA) process for the proposed water uses associated with the mining operations.
The Draft IWWMP is out for public review from 11 May 2021 to 11 July 2021.