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Saturday, 16 November 2013 16:08

Defunct mine gets up Blyvooruitzicht's nose

Blyvooruitzicht's residents have nowhere to turn while choking on dust from a slimes dam that belongs to the stricken gold mine.

A massive mine dump is rising like a new sand dune next to Blyvooruitzicht's main shopping centre outside Carletonville in western Gauteng. Its white and yellow layers are the waste from mining in the area, mining that built the town.

Sunday, 17 November 2013 15:57

A town shrouded in toxic haze

Eyes burn, noses bleed, people wear masks and need headlights to drive.  Radioactive waste from mine dumps is wrecking lives

Tuesday, 08 October 2013 00:41

Blyvoor Mine Closure

Blyvooruitzicht Gold Mine looks set to close as the mine's current owner, Village Main Reef (Village), indicated that it would not be putting any further money into the mine.

Monday, 12 August 2013 07:29

FSE:Comment on DWA AMD Solution

The FSE is of the firm opinion that many persons and companies want to financially profit from the current situation. This is resulting in failure to holistically identify and manage the AMD impacts and challenges. The reason might partly be that the situation is a political problem as well.

Monday, 22 July 2013 01:38

Watershed

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.

Thursday, 13 June 2013 04:52

National Water Resources Strategy

The Department of Water Affairs has written to the FSE, expressing appreciation for the submission to the draft National Water Resources Strategy 2 (NWRS2) of 30 January 2013.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013 04:36

Up and down in the dumps

"After the Mines" is a project by photographer Jason Larkin that explores the vast waste dumps created by Johannesburg’s gold mining industry.
After the Mines, published by Fourthwall Books, will be launched at Edition at 44 Stanley on Saturday, July 6 from 12pm.  Ahead of the launch Mariette Liefferink and Jason Larkin have led a tour of the mining region.

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.”

Wetsgehoorsaamheid is baie laag op die prioriteitslys van sommige myne, veral die wat in sensitiewe gebied werk.  Mense en die omgewing ly daaronder omdat hul water meestal “gevat” word vir die bedrywighede, waaruit net ‘n paar mense wins maak.

Ratings agency Moody’s Investor Service on Thursday warned that environmental factors, such as water scarcity, could adversely impact on the ratings of global mining companies if they failed to proactively manage the accompanying operational and political risks to their businesses.

MINING

Tours of West Rand gold fields

The FSE conducts regular tours with interested and affected parties, of the West Rand gold fields and Sibanye Gold’s operations. 

Mine Shafts: Accidents waiting to happen

  Eighty-two shafts without warning signs.  Twenty-two open shafts.  Three wate...

Residents left in the dark over AMD treatment

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has been accused of “authorising po...

SA NEWS

LLM/MPhil in Environmental Law Programme launched

  The Department of Public Law at the University of Pretoria hosted a launch of its LLM and MPhil programmes in Environmental Law, coordinated by Ms Melanie Murcott, Senior Lecturer, Environmental and Administrative Law, in February 2017.

Water Show

The FSE will be presenting at a keynote panel discussion at "The Water Show Africa" on the 29th of March.

Lauded for research on SA acid mine drainage

The launch of Acid mine drainage in South Africa: Development actors, policy impacts and broader implications, by Suvania Naidoo, took place on 10 February 2017. The book has proven to be a timely publication because of the incipient water crisis in South Africa. The event was hosted by Unisa’s Department of Development Studies in the College of Human Sciences. The guests were welcomed by the chair of the department, Prof Gretchen du Plessis, who expressed that “development studies is an ever-changing discipline and is a space where different issues converge”. She further stated that the book fills a void in our knowledge about acid mine drainage (AMD) and that the publication is “an example of hard work which results in big achievements”.

Truth of the dust that brings death

  A new hard-hitting report from Harvard Law School details how South Africa has failed to meet its human rights obligations concerning gold mining in and around Joburg. Bonnie Docherty, who led the research, spoke to Sheree Bega

WATER

Eastern Basin acid water plant is "sledgehammer"

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has used a "sledgehammer" for its R1bn treatment plant for acid mine drainage (AMD) on the Eastern mining basin that could ultimately create more toxic water.  This is the view of water strategy and consulting mining hydrologist Kym Morton, who believes government is "wasting money" by pumping large volumes of water and adding lime that makes it alkaline but still toxic and hazardous. 

SABC Health Talk, Environmental Health: 25 February 2017

Focus on preventing illness rather than incurring the expense of treatment....

Rand Water tightens the taps in Gauteng

In the Midvaal suburb where Sipho Mosai lives, the gardens are lush and green be...