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Although government regulations and legislation do exist in South Africa for the application of mine closure,
no gold mine in South Africa received a closure certificate yet. There might be various reasons for that, but
total commitment from all interested and affected parties (government, mine owner, communities,
consultants and contractors) never exist with respect to total closure where the financial implications,
environmental risks and social expectations was incorporated into one single plan. The proposed closure plan
for the Stilfontein Gold Mine were developed and evaluated by the said interested and affected parties in
detail over a period of years, before the concept closure plan was accepted and put into practice.
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the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act.
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implementation of regulations on use of water for mining and related activities aimed at the protection of water
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