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'Move campus or see you in court'

Written by Wednesday, 22 February 2012 01:43

The management and lecturers of the Central Johannesburg College are likely to face off in court over the bosses' refusal to relocate a campus from the Crown Mines area.

A toxic delay

Written by Saturday, 21 January 2012 06:43

Just as the Tweelopiespruit took its dying breaths, Garfield Krige scooped up the contaminated stream's last surviving fish and took them home with him to his fish pond in the nearby Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site. "I don't think they're unique in any way," explains Krige, a hydrologist, of the hardy tilapia population that clung to life and now breeds happily in his pond.
"But they are the last survivors of the Tweelopiespruit. Maybe one day the government will clean up the river and we can put these fish back as their descendants." After about a decade of daily poisoning from the millions of litres of acid mine drainage (AMD) (the toxic and radioactive water seeping from the abandoned mines on the West Rand) there is no life in the Tweelopiespruit.

Campus is poisoning staff, students claim

Written by Sunday, 13 November 2011 04:18

Every day that Patricia Mokoena* goes to work, she prays for rain. Then, at least, the toxic mine dust that she believes is poisoning her and her students won’t be blown around

Shares in First Uranium plunged in Johannesburg late on Friday, after the gold and uranium miner said that the new order mining right for its Mine Waste Solutions (MWS) tailings operation had been “withdrawn”.

Shares in First Uranium plunged in Johannesburg late on Friday, after the gold and uranium miner said that the new order mining right for its Mine Waste Solutions (MWS) tailings operation had been “withdrawn”.

Pouring poison

Written by Friday, 26 August 2011 08:48

People are living in close proximity to dangerous mine dumps. Meanwhile, government is moving slowly to address the problem Nthabiseng, Gloria and Lauren have been living in Tudor Shaft informal settlement near Krugersdorp for "five or six years", since leaving Polokwane to find work. They have matric, but there are "no jobs, no bursaries, no scholarships", they say, nursing babies on their hips.

AMD presentation to Portfolio Committee

Written by Tuesday, 28 June 2011 06:14

The Federation for a Sustainable Environment presented on 21-22 June to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Water & Environmental Affairs.  The subject of the presentation was the ongoing problems with managing Acid Mine Drainage.

The FSE and the Centre for Environmental Rights submitted written comment.

Die Ngonyama Lion Lodge in die ekologies vernietigde Krugersdorp-wildtuin is gister op ’n veiling in Sandton, in die noorde van Johannesburg, vir R17,5 miljoen aan ’n onbekende koper verkoop.

The history of the gold mining industry is surrounded by no obscurity. 120 years of non-internalised negative externalities have resulted in a legacy of polluted surface- and groundwater, Acid Mine Drainage (AMD), air pollution, degraded land, gaping holes in the ground and un-enriched and disrupted communities.

Suspension "procedurally unfair"

Written by Friday, 28 November 2008 10:06

Dr Anthony Turton was suspended on 21 November 2008 by his employer, the CSIR ,on the grounds that his paper on the impending crisis in water supply in South Africa contained statements that amounted to misconduct by him. In addition, Dr Turton was criticised for his communications on this matter to the media.

MINING

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.

Down in the dumps, there's hope

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

Fokus reports on Coal Mine east of Springs

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SA NEWS

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.

WATER

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...