TGME Rietfontein EA & WUL

Transvaal Gold Mining Estates Limited (TGME), a subsidiary of Theta Gold Mines Limited, is the holder of an existing Mining Right (MR) with Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) Reference Number: MP 30/5/1/2/2/358MR (358MR) granted on 17 February 2012 with effective date 5 June 2013.

The 358MR mining area comprises Portion of Portion 16 of the farm Waterval 168 JT, Portion of the Remaining extent of the farm Maliveld Vallei 192 JT, Portions 2 and 3 and Remaining extent of the farm Spitzkop 195 JT, Portion of Portions 1, 4 and 6 of farm Rietfontein 193 JT (Mining Area). TGME proposes to restart its historical underground mines within its current mining right areas. Rietfontein Mine is one of the first four mines that are proposed to be redeveloped. The proposed project will require additional surface infrastructure to support the underground workings.

To mitigate the risk of loss of Critical Biodiversity Areas (CBAs), sensitive floral communities, threatened ecosystems and floral Species of Conservation Concern (SCCs) a biodiversity verification and pre-feasibility assessment was conducted in November 2021 to identify environmental buffer zones. The assessment informed the engineering concept designs to ensure that the surface infrastructure layout is limited to previously disturbed areas where possible.

The project activities will trigger additional environmental authorisations requirements, which includes:
• an environmental authorisation in terms of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act 107 of 1998) (NEMA);
• a waste management license in terms of the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008 (Act 59 of 2008) (NEMWA);
• an amendment to the current Integrated Water Use License to include the additional water use activities triggered in terms of section 21 of the National Water Act, 1998 (Act 36 of 1998) (NWA); and;
• an amendment of the EMPR, in terms of section 102 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 (Act 28 of 2002), as amended, (MPRDA), to include all project activities.

OMI Solutions (Pty) Ltd (OMI) has been appointed as the independent environmental assessment practitioner to undertake the Scoping and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process which is aimed at critically evaluating the potential environmental and social impacts of the proposed project.

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