Johannesburg - An Mpumalanga-based mine has become the
country's first to be convicted of contravening environmental laws, according
to a report on Tuesday.
Anker Coal & Mineral Holdings has been fined a total of
R260 000 for contravening the National Environmental Management Act and the
Mineral Petroleum Resources Development Act, the Business Day reported.
The fines were conditionally suspended for five years. The
mine was also ordered to pay a farmer R144 000 in compensation for exploratory
drilling on his land.