IT HAS been six years since Anglo Coal established a wetland in Mpumalanga to “offset” its encroachment on another of the province’s wetlands. Wetlands cover a mere 2.4% of South Africa’s total 122-million hectare surface area, but the benefits they deliver, from water purification to tourism, far exceed their size.
They are South Africa’s most [...]
mining expansion in arid Limpopo will require the province to find an additional 80million cubic metres of water a year to sustain itself. [...]
Concrete patches on the canals snaking through Nico Greeff’s vineyards betray constant repairs to an outmoded irrigation system that’s the lifeblood of farming in South Africa’s arid west.
“The water infrastructure is about 60 years old and the lifespan of a surfaced canal is about 40 years,” Greeff, 55, said on his farm near Vredendal, [...]
The increasing shortage of water supply — by 2005 at least 95% of South Africa’s fresh water had already been allocated — was forcing mining companies to reconsider new and expansion projects [...]
This water would then be released into the Vaal, diluted with clean water from the Lesotho Highlands Project to minimise the harmful impact [...]
Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says mention should have been made of the mines implicated in the pollution.
THERE was evidence of a war against the state, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said yesterday, citing the legal action taken against her for failing to provide clean water to a Mpumalanga town [...]
Acid mine drainage is highly acidic water, usually containing high concentrations of metals, sulphides and salts because of mining activity [...]
“Ground water is a safe, clean and reliable supply and thereof addresses the national priorities,” he said. [...]