ConCourt slams state’s 14-year ‘comedy of errors’
A family has been trying for years to prospect for coal on their land, but the minerals department couldn’t get the licensing right
A 14-year battle over what should have been a simple prospecting rights issue has gone all the way to the Constitutional Court, which last week rebuked the department of mineral resources for its “comedy of official errors”.
The Gouws family of Mpumalanga has been fighting the department and a mining company for the rights to mine a coal vein on the family’s farm in Middelburg.
Despite highlighting the department’s incompetence, the court has referred the family’s prospecting application back to the department...