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Full Disclosure 2016

Environmental non-compliances reported by affected communities, the media, & NGOs

Much of the media reports on Sentula relate to the proceedings against Nkomati for its violations of environmental laws.1 A 2010 report also records the complaints of community members near the Nkomati mine regarding the failure of the mine authorities to consult with the local community. It is stated that, “the mine just landed here without the community being consulted.” The report further notes that since Nkomati started mining in the area, the walls of houses have cracked due to blasting, graves have been dug up and there were allegations that polluted river water was poisoning livestock.2 Another report from 2012 on the condition of the environment surrounding Nkomati states that, “severely polluted water was clearly visible, and rehabilitation of the used land is in a bad state”.3