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Kropz water-use licence appeal hearing postponed

AIM-listed emerging phosphate explorer and developer Kropz says that the appeal hearing against Elandsfontein’s valid integrated water use licence, which was due to reconvene on 16 March, has been postponed.

The outcomes of the hearing, which is the outcome of a battle between the developers of the project and environmental activists, may determine whether Kropz keeps the water license it needs to develop the Elandsfontein project in South Africa’s Western Cape Province.

The activists claim that the water license being used by the operation, which has yet to begin production, was awarded improperly, while Kropz is refuting the allegation that the license is illegal.

The postponement has been ordered by the chairperson of the Tribunal as certain parties undergo routine self-quarantine under government guidelines for persons recently arrived from COVID-19 affected regions.

The hearing, which was scheduled to take place over three days, will therefore be delayed while the Tribunal reviews alternative dates and arrangements.

The appeal hearing by the Water Tribunal, against Elandsfontein’s existing and valid integrated water use licence was set to be heard by the Water Tribunal on 11 September 2019, however, at the appellant’s request, the hearing was postponed at only started in December 2019.

To allow the tribunal the appropriate opportunity to fully review the matter, Kropz said it would not comment further on the official proceedings until the tribunal has announced its decision.

Pending the Tribunal’s decision, there is no legal impediment to the continuation of the water use activities authorised in the integrated water-use licence.