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By Franz Fuls. 

During a chaotic public meeting Xstrata’s successor, Msobo Coal, announces its plans to mine inside the Chrissiesmeer Biodiversity Area, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

On 26 March 2013 Msobo Coal held a public meeting to discuss their intention to mine inside the Chrissiesmeer biodiversity site. This project is named the Harwar Colliery, the name of one of the farms to be destroyed by their operation. Harwar is an Afrikaans word, meaning ‘complete and utter chaos’. That is exact
ly what the attendees of this meeting experienced when members of the local community disrupted the meeting.

The Chrissiesmeer biodiversity site is located on the Mpumalanga Highveld, currently a hotspot for opencast mining activities characterised by encroachment on wetlands including Weltevreden Pan in Delmas and the Lakenvlei in Dullstroom.

Read my whole story here: http://www.ejolt.org/2013/04/complete-and-utter-chaos-at-chrissiesmeer-south-africa/

Photo credit Johann Tempelhoff.

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