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Lithium company wins case about mining licence

Lithium exploration and mining company Xinfeng Investments has won a High Court case about mines and energy minister Tom Alweendo’s decision two months ago to revoke a 20-year mining licence granted to Xinfeng in September last year.

Acting judge Ramon Maasdorp said in the Windhoek High Court on Tuesday that although there is evidence that Xinfeng made fraudulent claims in its application for a mining licence, Alweendo did not have the power to revoke the licence without getting a court order to that effect.

Maasdorp ordered the minister not to implement his decision to revoke the company’s mining licence over an area near Okombahe in the Erongo region.

Alweendo has filed an application at the High Court in which he is asking the court to review and set aside his decision to grant a mining licence to Xinfeng. His application is pending before the court.