Johannesburg, South Africa — 08 August 2013 – Diversified mining giant Anglo American plc should abandon its plans to mine coal for power generation in the Limpopo province of South Africa, and instead help to source renewable energy.   

“We simply do not have space for such a detrimental amount of pollution that is to come out from that coal-fired power station,” Fin24 quoted Earthlife Africa project co-ordinator Tristen Taylor as saying at a protest here against the mining company.

“The effect that one more coal-fired power station would have on people’s health is too much to comprehend. This country needs renewable energy,” he added.

Earthlife activists marched to Anglo’s offices in the Johannesburg CBD in protest against the company’s planned coal mine and power station in the Waterberg, in Limpopo. They were supported by groups from Right 2 Know Campaign, the Soweto Residents’ Association, and the Traditional Healers’ Association.

Taylor said the company planned to build a coal-fired power station next to the mine to produce electricity. The coal-produced power would be used to power the mine, and would also be sold to Eskom, he remarked.

However, Anglo American said it would not be generating energy from its planned coal mine. “We have prospecting rights “’ we have not even applied for mining rights yet,” said spokesperson Bheki Khumalo.

He said Vedanta Resources, a London-based Indian mining company would be buying the coal from the mine and would use it to generate power, which it would sell to whoever it chose.

“Earthlife should actually be protesting against Vedanta, not us. We will not be building a power station. Mining the coal is what we plan to do.”

Source: Fin24. For more information, click here.