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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
A number of civil society organisations have written an open letter to the Minister of Environmental Affairs about the attempts by Sasol and National Petroleum Rifiners of SA to set aside minimum emission standards defined in the Air Quality Act.
Daar is nou 48 myne in die land sonder waterlisensies.
“Die name van ’n klomp myne wat ernstige omgewingsoortredings begaan het en jare sonder ’n waterlisensie gemyn het, het skielik van die lys verdwyn. Is hul sondes nou vergewe?”