At work in the
pit at Sishen
iron ore mine
 
Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 29 June 2010 – Kumba Iron Ore “’ a unit of global miner Anglo American “’ has rejected Imperial Crown Trading’s bid to start prospecting for iron ore at its Sishen mine, due to a row over the award of prospecting rights to ICT.

Kumba “’ the world’s 10th largest iron ore producer “’ has applied for a court review of the granting of 21.4% prospecting rights to ICT by the Department of Mines.

A Kumba spokesman said the company would only consider dropping its court process if the department of mining reversed its decision to award ICT the mining rights, and then awarded them to Sishen mine. “Kumba remains confident of its prospects of success in these applications,” a spokesman told Reuters.

The company said in an earlier email response to Reuters questions that ICT lawyers had asked Kumba to allow the firm access to its Sishen mine, but that the company had turned down the request. “Kumba’s legal advisers have responded that the company will not provide access to the property in the light of the pending review application, and are awaiting a response from attorneys,” the company said.

A Kumba spokesman said the company was worried that it would have no control over ICT’s safety standards, and that its operations mmight endanger Sishen mine employees, but gave no details.

“ICT’s prospecting activities may have an environmental impact on Sishen’s operations. It would be difficult to separate Sishen’s and ICT’s obligations in respect of environmental issues pertaining to the same land,” the spokesman said.