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Wetlands in danger: we ignore ‘water factories’ at our peril

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 […]

Limpopo needs a lot more water for mining

mining expansion in arid Limpopo will require the province to find an additional 80million cubic metres of water a year to sustain itself. […]

South Africa’s $40 Billion Water Gap Threatens Economy

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, […]

Shortage of water supply ‘hurts mining industry’

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 […]

Acid mine water: Mokonyane must step in

This water would then be released into the Vaal, diluted with clean water from the Lesotho Highlands Project to minimise the harmful impact […]

Water pollution lawsuit is ‘war against the state’

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 […]

Parliamentary committee to hear report on acid mine drainage crisis

Acid mine drainage is highly acidic water, usually containing high concentrations of metals, sulphides and salts because of mining activity […]

Work on acid mine water underway – water pollution

Environmental officials are working around the clock to curb the potential dangers posed by the impact of acid mine drainage […]

Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority to start cleaning up acid mine drainage

Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority steps in to oversee the short the short term cleaning up of acid mine drainage […]

Challanges facing under ground water supplies.

“Ground water is a safe, clean and reliable supply and thereof addresses the national priorities,” he said. […]