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A collection of stories and comments in the wake of the assassination of Sikhosiphi ‘Bazooka’ Rhadebe, anti-mining activist. 

IT HAS taken nearly two years for Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane to sign off on a long-term treatment plan for acid mine drainage (AMD) that cost her department R25 million to commission. 

Expections of mining in protected areas Featured

Written by Saturday, 19 September 2015 08:01

A coalition of civil society and community organisations, represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), has instituted legal action in the Pretoria High Court against the Minister of Mineral Resources, Ngoako Ramatlhodi, following his grant of a coal mining right to Atha-Africa Ventures (AAV) inside the sensitive Mabola Protected Environment.

THE cost of closing derelict and abandoned mines to combat acid mine drainage has reached R45bn while old asbestos sites could set the state back R2bn, Parliament's mineral resources committee heard on

Water in Blyvoor is meer werd as goud

Written by Wednesday, 10 June 2015 11:50

Duisende mense van die myndorpie Blyvooruitzicht is al vier weke sonder water nadat hul watertoevoer afgesny is. Elise Tempelhoff het die dorp besoek.

The town where no water runs Featured

Written by Wednesday, 10 June 2015 11:42

Residents of a mining ghost town feel victimised by an uncaring municipality

Cape Town – Petrochemicals giant Sasol has dropped its court challenge to have some of the government’s stricter new air pollution laws scrapped.

On Friday, Sasol gave notice that it was withdrawing its controversial litigation against the Minister of Environmental Affairs and the National Air Quality Officer to set aside certain air quality standards.

Plaaswerker skop vas oor diere Featured

Written by Saturday, 07 March 2015 17:38

n Mynreus beroep hom op die grondeisehof om ’n plaaswerker van die plaas Grootpan buite Carolina te dwing om van 34 van sy beeste en agt van sy bokke ontslae te raak omdat hulle ’n dorpie op dié plaas wil begin.

Plea to minister to meet over mining issues Featured

Written by Wednesday, 25 February 2015 08:55

Why is the minister of mineral resources so reluctant to listen to the complaints of civil society groups living next to mines across the country?


turn mine enviro hazards into jobs generator booklet outlines measures to turn mine enviro hazards into jobs generator 4th August 2017 By: Ilan Solomons - Creamer Media Staff Writer MARIETTE LIEFFERINK The project would be in the position to supply jobs to 100 people, who would be responsible for the rehabilitation of Tweelopiespruit and surrounding areas Photo by: Duane Daws  

It’s all about the money

The hazardous mining by-product raises two questions – who’s to blame and who sh...

Down in the dumps, there's hope

"WHERE there's waste, there's opportunity," said mining hydrologist Kym Morton, ...


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.

Nuwe myn ‘sal duisende hul huise kos’

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.

SA coal mines leave legacy of ruin

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.

Besoedelingklagte: Mynbase daag nie by hof op

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.

Project to heal polluted river . System will·create stream·of jobs

THE POTENTIAL to create 100 climate jobs and to help : bring a "dead river syste...

'Mine Water can be treated, safe'

SOUTH Africans have to "change their mindsets" that they can't drink acid mine d...