THE CRIMINAL investigation and the draft charges initiated against Village Main Reef for alleged contraventions of environmental legislation at Blyvooruitzicht (Blyvoor) mine outside Carletonville are among many legacy issues facing the mining industry today. 

A well-known environmentalist has called on government to intervene in the ongoing water issue at Blyvoor.

Lucas Misapitso casually holds a handful of poisoned earth in his hands. Behind him, the forlorn shacks of Tudor Shaft huddle helplessly against a toxic mountain of mine tailings that splits them in two. 

TUDOR SHAFT, SOUTH AFRICA — The Globe and Mail

For years, Patience Mjadu smeared her face with the yellow sludge from the mining dump near her shack. She had seen others do the same. According to local lore, the chemicals were a good cosmetic.

Today her face is damaged and she realizes that the sludge was toxic and radioactive. When the wind rises and the air fills with dust from the mine dump, her chest tightens and she has trouble breathing. The thin walls of her shack, riddled with holes, can’t keep out the toxic dust.

The Klip River brings disease but, like many other water sources, it is still not being tested.

‘Bekyk waterwese-amptenare’

Written by Wednesday, 03 December 2014 14:03

Die Federasie vir ‘n Volhoubare Omgewing (FO) het ‘n beroep op die Groen Skerpioene gedoen om ondersoek in te stel na die bestuur en monitering van suur mynwater aan die Witwatersrand.

ENVASS Conference Featured

Written by Thursday, 27 November 2014 06:36

The Federation for a Sustainable Environment addressed the ENVASS conference in October.  The conference is promoted as "one of a kind" and attempts to cover the most pertinent environmental matters applicable to the South African industry.

Nuke worries unfounded, says regulator

Written by Tuesday, 25 November 2014 22:21

There is no immediate danger from radiation to communities living in informal settlement, but the "situation was however less than ideal" the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) has stated

Myne in 41 riviere in SA bedryf

Written by Tuesday, 25 November 2014 22:02

Die departement van water en sanitasie het die afgelope drie jaar toegelaat dat mynhuise in 41 riviere, tien vleie en drie panne vir hoofsaaklik steenkool in Mpumalanga myn.  Dit wek koommer dat dit toegelaat word.

Kids deserve a safe environment

Written by Tuesday, 25 November 2014 21:58

Enshrined in the Constitution is the right to an environment that is harmful to one's health and wellbeing; and one that is protected for the benefit of present and future generations. This is central to the government's sustainable development agenda, and also to Commissioner Janet Love's portfolio on environment, natural resources and rural development