Mining News

Living in the shadow of the old mine dumps, the dust is forever unsettling

Johannesburg’s Golden Legacy Includes Radioactive Dump Featured

Written by Thursday, 13 February 2014 05:55

Johannesburg sits atop the world's most productive gold reef -- a staggering 40,000 tons of the precious metal has been mined from it during a history tracing back 130 years. That legacy of riches has left behind a toxic inheritance: radioactivity from uranium hauled up in the mining process.
Scientists have found uranium quantities in rivers west of the city to be as much as 4,000 times natural levels and in tap water as much as 20 times higher. A soil sample taken by Bloomberg News and tested by government-certified WaterLab Ltd. from pumpkin roots grown a little more than a mile from a recently closed gold mine contained five times more uranium than background levels considered normal by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Mintails staan stil

Written by Tuesday, 11 February 2014 04:43

Die beleërde myngroep Mintails, wat goudherwinning uit ou mynhope aan die Wesrand doen en reeds vir langer as n week stil staan, het nou ook waarskuwings van die departement van waterwese ontvang.

Slime spill at Blyvoor within days of takeover

Written by Tuesday, 11 February 2014 04:07

Within days of Blyvoor Gold Mine's new owner taking over the mine, a mine sludge spillage polluted the environment with some of the toxic waste spilling into the Wonderfonteinspruit. Problems at Blyvoor started in August last year when the mine's previous owner, the company Village Main Reef, also known as Village, indicated that it will not take responsibility for the mine's losses anymore. In the meantime, DRDGold, the company which had owned Blyvoor before, also indicated that it does not want anything to do with the mine.

Pamodzi mine controversy drags on

Written by Sunday, 26 January 2014 09:07

Pamodzi mine controversy drags on Aurora Empowerment Systems, whose board members included President Jacob Zuma's nephew Khulubuse Zuma, Nelson Mandela's grandson Zondwa Mandela and businessman Thulani Ngubane, was seen as the saviour of liquidated mining company Pamodzi Gold when it took over two of its mines in 2009.

Aurora rerun at West Rand mine?

Written by Sunday, 26 January 2014 09:03

Members of the controversial Bhana family – of liquidated airline Velvet Sky and Aurora mining notoriety – appear to have seized yet another questionable financial opportunity, this time involving an insolvent gold mining company on the West Rand.
Once again, however, it seems that the father-and-son team of Solly and Fazel Bhana have tried to keep their involvement under wraps.

Cost of rehab to taxpayer? Featured

Written by Sunday, 26 January 2014 08:46

The provisional winding up of the Blyvooruitzicht Gold Mining Company is of concern to the Federation for a Sustainable Environment for a number of reasons. Central to our concerns is the funds that have been made available for environmental rehabilitation in terms of s41 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act 28 of 2002.

Blyvoor's problems still not solved

Written by Saturday, 18 January 2014 09:14

Although the situation at Blyvooruitzicht Gold Mine has stabilised, the mine’s problems may still not be at an end.

Blyvoor: Legal minefield is a deadly hazard Featured

Written by Friday, 22 November 2013 17:48

Conflicting laws for a mine in liquidation allow Blyvoor mine's owners to dodge their responsibilities.

A town shrouded in toxic haze

Written by Sunday, 17 November 2013 17:57

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