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Miner fined for environmental offences

2012-04-03 10:20

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.