The Constitutional Court had ruled against Atha-Africa Ventures proposed coal mining project in the ecologically sensitive Mabola district near Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga.
The 3-year court fight fight between various conservation entities in South Africa and the Indian mining company finally resulted in Concourt’s ruling that the application for a coal mine “bears no reasonable prospects of success.
The mine, which had been given the okay from the South African government, would have seen the potential destruction of 70 000 protected grasslands in Mpumalanga and destroyed its natural bird life.
Mark Anderson, chief executive of BirdLife SA lauded the court’s decision. The organisation had been part of a coalition to stop the mine. He made it clear that although the mine would have provided many jobs to the large unemployed population of Mpumalanga, the safe-guarding of the country’s valuable eco-systems should not be compromised.