Water taints life in Cradle

Written by Sunday, 29 September 2013 11:10

CHANTAL Whiller and her husband did their homework before they moved their family to an upmarket country estate at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.
Whiller’s husband, who worked on the mines in Welkom, had heard about the toxic and potentially radioactive acid mine drainage (AMD) seeping into the Cradle from the Witwatersrand’s abandoned goldfields.
“He took satellite photos and had our water tested,” remembers Whiller. “Everything was fine – that’s why we bought here.”

Watershed

Written by Monday, 22 July 2013 03:38

The abundance of excellent, cheap water has made South Africa’s economic growth possible. But in this week’s Special Assignment we reveal that we are reaching the point in history where we have to make the head-shift from an economy driven by water availability to one run on limited water.

Sun Internationaal is bekommerd oor die voortbestaan van Sun City omdat die hotelgroep onseker is oor sy water veiligheid.
“Ons is bekommerd oor die huidge en toekomstige watersituasie in die omgewing van Pilanesberg.”

Only so much to share Featured

Written by Thursday, 09 May 2013 08:32

Last week, representatives of the mines, tourism establishments, communities, NGOs and government around Rustenburg and Sun City held their first meeting as the Greater Pilanesberg Water Forum, organised by the Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE).

The Federation for a Sustainable Environment is meeting with community leaders to arrange environmental workshops.

Preparatory meetings with community leaders are underway, including a recent meeting with the Councilor for the Kagiso Constituency, namely Magaret Mohube and Headmistress of the Munsieville Primary School.

The purpose of the environmental workshops is to raise environmental awareness of the health and environmental impacts of mines upon local communities and the environmental rights of communities. It also addresses socio-economic issues.

Saving Joburg from the poison flood

Written by Sunday, 07 April 2013 19:25

A decade.  That's how long Mariette Liefferink has known about the radioactive water under Johannesburg and its neighbouring mining towns - and how long she has been lobbying to have something done about it.

Watered-down solutions

Written by Saturday, 30 March 2013 19:54

If government sticks to its guns on the “user-pays” principle for funding the costs of cleaning water polluted by historical mining activities, it will never find a long-term solution.

Mining the Pilanesberg Featured

Written by Sunday, 17 March 2013 20:02

49 000 hectares of big five game reserve only two hours from Jo'burg... The Pilanesberg National Park is one of the top tourist destinations in the country.

Derek Watts (Carte Blanche presenter): "And then a plan to make it even bigger and better, a corridor from here in the Pilanesberg linking this big five reserve with Madikwe. A heritage park with benefits for the local people, great for wildlife, a win-win project all round."


Die Blou Skerpioene het verlede week toegeslaan op Platmin, wat ‘n reuse-oopgroefmyn in ‘n beoogde erfenis-gebied op die voorstoep van die Pilanesberg-natuurreservaat bedryf.

Blou Skerpioene bekyk reuse-myn Featured

Written by Tuesday, 12 February 2013 21:47


Die Blou Skerpioene het verlede week toegeslaan op Platmin, wat ‘n reuse-oopgroefmyn in ‘n beoogde erfenis-gebied op die voorstoep van die Pilanesberg-natuurreservaat bedryf.