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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

TAU-SA wants anwers on water pollution

Agricultural union TAU-SA wants answers on whether the Director of Public Prosecutions […]

Pumping of acid mine water to start in a year’s time

The pumping of the acid mine water rising under Johannesburg would begin in a year’s time, just four months before the “environmental critical level” was reached […]

Slew goldmine operators pass on environmental responsibilities

After reaping the benefits of delving for gold in some of the worlds richest gold fields, slew mining operators want to shift environmental responsibilities onto the government. Were these environmental responsibilities to be shifted to the government legislation would be allowing mine operators to rape and pillage an area without needing to take responsibility for […]

Mines operate without water licence

This article for the Times really pushes my hot-buttons. It leads me to question whether the people that are supposed to be taking care of our future and our country actually give a damn. I was left speechless when I heard that in the last year many more mines have opened without water licenses.

In […]

Mine start generating its own green power

After writing a blog post on mines dumping toxic chemical into water two days ago, it is refreshing to come across this article in Mining Weekly that illustrates that not all mines have it in for the environment. The methane harvesting project at Beatrix mine in the Free State might have been initiated to save […]

Aurora in trouble for polluting ground water

It is slowly but surely coming to the attention of the general public that the mining sector that plays a significant role in stabilising and growing the South African economy is doing it at a disastrous environmental cost to the country. The countries mineral wealth is being extracted and replaced with toxic chemical that will […]

South African Water Crisis

I hope this is not your first wake up call to the reality that could collapse our economy and our livelihood. South Africa is bound to face a severe water crisis unless the country is to act now! With toxic water many industries will not be able to function and will close. Tourism destinations will […]