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.
The 19th century gold rush that built Johannesburg left many abandoned mines in the city that still lure hundreds of people every day who enter them illegally searching for what little gold that remains.
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.
"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.
BY MARTIN PLAUT
BY MARTIN PLAUT
Johannesburg – the city of gold – is facing a pollution crisis that could threaten its very existence.
South African officials report that in late 2013 the water on which the city depends will become contaminated, unless immediate measures are taken. It is a threat, warned Professor Terence S. McCarthy, of the School of Geosciences, at University of the Witwatersrand, that could affect the Orange and Limpopo river systems.
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.
More than two years since government started to care about acid mine drainage, it has been working with key stakeholders to address the ugly sludge of an issue. The response, however, has only scratched the surface while creating other problems, such as putting the river systems at enormous risk. Though the issue might be water and how long we can use it for, the solution is money and a plan.
Allegations that former convicts Kenny Kunene and Gayton McKenzie defrauded poor Sowetan communities by persuading them to participate in a mining rights application for Central Rand Gold in Johannesburg are being investigated.
However, there is widespread confusion over the status of the police investigation.
Acid mine water that is expected to flow into the Vaal River from next year must be fully treated by the end of 2014 to prevent water shortages - but the building of treatment plants is yet to start.
The environmental risks and hazards associated with acid mine drainage (AMD) and radioactivity within South Africa' Witwatersrand goldfields are issues that need to be tackled more seriously, despite current initiatives by government, reports environmental protection group Federation for a Sustainable Environment CEO Mariette Liefferink.
The Department of Water Affairs says it is committed to solving the country's acid mine water crisis. Farmers in Mpumalanga have issued a warning that polluted water could lead to food shortages. Now an upgraded treatment plant is to be opened in Gauteng but the government concedes more needs to be done.
The short-term plan to treat acid mine drainage could be expanded to include the removal of sulphate salts, because dangerously high levels of the chemical could be released into rivers.
This document provides an account of the key institutions, processes and funding mechanisms aimed at ensuring sustainable mining in South Africa.
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It’s all about the money
The hazardous mining by-product raises two questions – who’s to blame and who should pay. The acid mine drainage crisis is going to cost someone a lot of money, but probably not the people who caused it. The “polluter pays” principle was next to impossible to apply to the acid mine drainage problem in a retrospective way, said Marius Keet, chief director for mine water management at the department of water and sanitation.
Addressing waste and pollution of the past
The Federation for a Sustainable Environment is proud to announce the launch of the booklet titled “Rehabilitation of Mine Contaminated Eco-Systems. A Contribution to a Just Transition to a Low Carbon Economy to Combat Unemployment and Climate Change” by Mariette Liefferink of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE). The booklet was commissioned by the Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC) in collaboration with the Friedrick Ebert Stiftung.
Byna 10 000 mense sal verskuif moet word as Anglo Operations Ltd en Canyon Coal hul sin kry om ’n massiewe oopgroefsteenkoolmyn oos van Springs te begin.
Johannesburg - A 19-month data investigation of mine closures indicates that since at least 2011 no large coal mines operating in South Africa have been granted closure.
Drie direkteure van die Blyvooruitzicht- en Village Main Reef-goudmyn buite Carletonville kan ’n boete van tot R10 miljoen of tien jaar tronkstraf opgelê word weens die beweerde besoedeling en agteruitgang van die omgewing.
Coalition defending Mpumalanga water source area
Last week, the coalition of eight civil society and community organisations that has been resisting the proposed coal mine inside a protected area and strategic water source area in Mpumalanga launched further proceedings in the Pretoria High Court.
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