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Coal Mines leave a legacy of ruin

Written by Tuesday, 11 April 2017 18:57

Oxpeckers publishes never-before-seen data exposing the lack of mine closures, despite R45-billion being held in financial provisions for rehabilitation in 2015. Investigation by Mark Olalde

Tours of West Rand gold fields

Written by Monday, 06 March 2017 17:39

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

Written by Monday, 06 March 2017 07:47

 

Eighty-two shafts without warning signs.  Twenty-two open shafts.  Three waterlogged holings.  And of the reported closed mine shafts, 64 had collapsed or needed refilling.

These are among the main findings of a Department of Mineral Resources’ “Risk Area Status” report spanning the Witwatersrand’s mining belt from November 2011.

From Gold Town to Ghost Town

Written by Friday, 10 February 2017 12:02

Blyvooruitzicht, a once prosperous mine town, has become a haven for criminals.  Residents fear for their lives following the closure of the town's gold mine in 2013.

Residents left in the dark over AMD treatment

Written by Monday, 13 February 2017 11:54

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has been accused of “authorising pollution”, after its water quality tests for its acid mine drainage (AMD) plants in the Witwatersrand surpassed the government’s own water resource quality objectives.

Blyvoor Gold directors accused of R10m theft

Written by Sunday, 18 December 2016 07:01

Johannesburg - Three former directors of Blyvoor Gold who were meant to revive the troubled Blyvoor gold mine have been described as the alleged “masterminds” behind the staggering R10 million theft of valuable mining equipment.

A most significant threat

Written by Wednesday, 23 November 2016 14:39

Fifteen years ago, the cost to fill South Africa’s sinkholes exceeded R1 billion. That number has risen, and the effects are more than disastrous, writes Mark Olalde

The Destruction of the Highveld

Written by Friday, 18 November 2016 21:07

"Various organisations have done critical work on understanding the impacts on mining in 2016. The Centre for Environmental Rights has exposed the brutal reality of poor governance and its entrenched nature. The Centre for Applied Legal Studies has clearly shown that the Social Labour Plans, promising a new life for those whose lands are destroyed, has failed to deliver. The writing is on the wall. Mining does not work for people." 

Download the full report:www.groundwork.org.za

Truth of the dust that brings death

Written by Friday, 28 October 2016 19:11

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

Johannesburg - Great riches and high risks. That’s the story of gold mining on the Witwatersrand, where the sparkle of the gold rush led to a boom that would give rise to Joburg, turning it into one of the most powerful cities on the continent. But the hunt for gold would also irrevocably alter our socio-political and natural landscape.

Gold rush leaves toxic hangover

Written by Monday, 31 October 2016 19:02

The 'West and Central Rand' have historically contained some the biggest gold deposits on Earth. But extracting this resource has left a dangerous environmental legacy, says the Harvard Law School in a new and alarming report. Sheree Bega examines some of its findings

An eerie silence hangs over the dead waters of Robinson Lake and the crumbling ruins of the abandoned buildings that encircle the wasteland.