If we'd had a borrow pit then, we could have kept things going.
"We don't intend to use the borrow pit for the whole thing.
The material was trucked off site to use around foundations or yards, and under the MSHA-OSHA agreement, the material should be used on land "relatively near the borrow pit."
However, that distance is not defined under the agreement, and Judge Feldman said the "the transportation of the bulk material, in and of itself, does not negate a borrow pit characterization ...
Mr Hamathi further stated that three more borrow pits
were recently approved by the Department of Mines on top of the two from the Tshesebe.
"Several borrow pits
are not in use and have not been fully decommissioned, posing a danger to people and animals," the letter says.
Minister of Infrastructure and Housing Development, Mr Nonofo Molefhi told Parliament on March 5 that the environmental impact assessment of all the borrow pits was done and approved between 2008 and 2009.
He noted that currently, out of the seven borrow pits under jurisdiction of the contractor, only five had been opened and operational.