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Government blocks Jindal’s R15-billion iron ore mine in Richards Bay

# The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has denied environmental clearance for Jindal Steel and Power’s 15-billion-rand iron ore mine in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal. Concerns include potential impacts on aquifers and water runoff to nearby farms, as well as the relocation of many households. The proposed mine, situated 70 kilometres inland from Richards Bay port, faces rejection over insufficient research on its potential impact on nearby water sources. Jindal aimed to advance its mining venture, but the department mandates a thorough assessment before approving large-scale projects.