JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Environmental lobby group the Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) has laid criminal charges against tailings extractor Mintails for noncompliance to its integrated water use licence (WUL) for its West Rand-based retreatment operations, saying it will also report the matter to the Office of the Public Protector for investigation.
According to the group, a March audit by Mintails adviser and environmental risk analyst Dr Anthony Turton of the company’s WUL revealed several areas of noncompliance.
The Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development rolled out a five-year plan for the management of Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) in the province.
During a press confrence the MEC of the department Nandi Mayathula-Khoza together with the Mogale City Mayoer, Councillor Koketso Calvin Seerane addressed numerous members of the media abotu their plan of action.
Last week the terrain of Blyvoor Gold Mine was the site of much activity as representatives of various government departments flocked to the mine to investigate allegations of environmental pollution.
’n Direkteur van die Federasie vir ’n Volhoubare Omgewing (FVO) én ’n inwoner van Belfast het eergister afsonderlik klagte teen Exxaro se Glisa-steenkoolmyn buite die dorp by die polisie ingedien.
The Wits Justice Project / The Wits Radio Academy with journalist Paul McNally has a podcast on Acid Mine Drainage. The podcast is an episode of the science radio show called "The Science Inside".
The podcast can be accessed here.
On Tuesday a criminal case was opened against Blyvoor Gold Mine over its pollution of the area.
The area also includes the Wonderfontein Spruit which flows into the Mooi River.
This week an environmentalist opened criminal pollution charges against Blyvoor at the Police in Carletonville.
The environmentalist, Ms Mariette Liefferink, decided to take this step after the Herald as well as other media and environmentalists have been complaining for some time that the mine is polluting the environment.
Mariette Liefferink, CEO of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment presented the Keynote address at the Central University of Technology, Free State.
JOHANNESBURG. – Die Federasie vir ’n Volhoubare Omgewing (FVO) het ’n beroep op die Menseregtekommissie (MRK) gedoen om dringend met ’n ondersoek te begin na die knaende watertekorte waarmee gemeenskappe buite Brits en by Pilanesberg in Noordwes al maande lank worstel.
Thousands of jobless Blyvoor miners struggling to make ends meet are desperate to get back to work.
Article by Gabi Falanga, Tileni Mongudhi & Justice Kavahematui for M&G
Although many things at the mine, including the gardens of long time residents such as Mr Kevin Wright, still looked normal by this week, various people were busy with a fight to try and keep Eskom from cutting the mine's electricity supply.
"All we ask are a few days."