Mining News

There are no environmental checks on Gauteng's emergency response to the mine drainage crisis, as polluted water seeps into rivers and land.

Residents long for wind of change, but all they get is illness every time a hazardous cocktail blows into town.

Trapped in a nightmare of hazardous dust

Written by Thursday, 06 November 2014 19:48

Residents on edge as miner mulls reopening pit

Uranium - Past and Future Challenges

Written by Wednesday, 08 October 2014 08:24

FSE’s Report on the Technische Universitat Bergakademie Freiberg Conference (programme) and the FSE’s Paper and Presentation on “Current Reclamation Of Historical Uraniferous Tailings Dams And Sand Dumps – Exacerbating The Mess Or Minimizing The Mining Footprint? Case Studies Within The Witwatersrand”. 

Johannesburg succumbs to sci-fi sinkholes

Written by Sunday, 28 September 2014 06:21

The ground shudders and heaves, then slowly rips apart, pulling whatever is nearby — houses, trees, cars, factories — into a newly-formed, gaping hole.

It sounds like a scene from a science fiction film, but over the last several decades, this scenario has played out thousands of times — entirely unscripted — near South Africa’s largest city.

Top Star: Jo'burg's real-estate wasteland Featured

Written by Wednesday, 30 July 2014 07:04

The city's landmark Top Star Drive-in site is a shadow of its former self, after the mine dump it perched atop was levelled and re-mined for gold.


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An aerial view of the old Top Star Drive-in in Johannesburg.

Hope springs (not) eternal in spat over toxic sludge Featured

Written by Tuesday, 24 June 2014 11:36

by Zwanga Mukhuthu of M&G

Fears that a facility to treat acid mine drainage could contaminate plants, animals and people. Government is forging ahead with a R1-billion project for the treatment of acid mine drainage in Ekurhuleni – despite a fierce backlash by residents and environmental experts over the millions of cubic metres of toxic, and possibly radioactive, sludge the project will churn out.

THE Gauteng agriculture and rural development department launched a five-year plan this week, to treat the problem of acid mine drainage (AMD) in the province.
In the past few years people living around Johannesburg have become aware, thanks to environmental activists and visible evidence, that highly tainted water from old gold mines, dubbed AMD, is rising to surface and polluting water sources.

by Charlotte Mathews

Touring the West Rand

Written by Thursday, 24 April 2014 21:07

The Federation for a Sustainable Environment often leads tours to the mining region.  

Kagiso uprising

Written by Friday, 18 April 2014 20:59

In this four part series we begin with the protest action in Kagiso early this year. The residents of Kagiso on Johannesburg's West Rand are calling for the complete shut down of Mintails Mogale Gold. This mining operation began unrestrained blasting only 100m's away from their homes late in 2013. People describe an earthquake type effect which cracked their walls and foundations. The community then mobilised to have the mine shut down stating in their list of grievances various laws that had been contravened by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) Mogale City and the mining company.

Published by Media for Justice on 18 Apr 2014