Coal of Africa (CoAL) has been granted an integrated water use license for its Vele colliery project by the South African Department of Water Affairs.

The company said that it has undergone an intensive application process to meet all the legislative requirements pursuant to the South African National Environmental Management Amendment Act, 1998.

CoAL was forced to halt some work at the Vele colliery last year by the government, which said that the company had broken environmental laws.

CoAL CEO John Wallington said the company is acutely aware of the sensitivity of the area and the significant responsibilities the approval brings.

CoAL is a coal mining and development company operating in South Africa.