27 September 2012

The battle to preserve Verlorenvlei continues

Bongani Minerals started to drill illegally in Moutonshoek Valley in March this year, contravening the Land Use Planning Ordinance. They, together with the farm owners concerned, were then interdicted by the Bergrivier Municipality for illegal land use. After the Constitutional Court judgement in favour of the municipal land use ordinance was passed in the landmark Maccsand and Swartland municipality cases, Bongani had to concede and the interdict was enforced without opposition.
Bongani has now applied for a departure from the legal land use, which in this case is Agriculture 1, in order to proceed with their drilling operations.
If you are resident in the area or otherwise concerned or affected, please contact Mauritz van den Heever, Bongani’s appointed consultant, directly to register as an interested and affected party and to be sent the full complement of application documents. PO Box 4866, Cape Town 8000, E-mail: admin@planpart.co.za,
Tel: 021 418 0510. All objections must be with the Municipal Manager of the Bergrivier Municipality by no later than 22 October 2012. Email Kerry Campbell kerry@devs.co.za of the Verlorenvlei Coalition for more information.

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