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Blyvoor mine joins the Aurora strip club Featured

Written by Saturday, 16 August 2014 09:07

The troubled mine has closed, leaving behind a toxic legacy that nobody is prepared to deal with as liquidators try to cover debts before restitution.

Community, Mining join hands to save trees

Written by Friday, 15 August 2014 05:51

Members of the community, environmental activists and a mine in the area want to work together to stop the cutting down of trees in the area. 

New Study: Coal is a Killer

Written by Friday, 18 July 2014 06:39

eMalahleni, Highveld, South Africa, 3 July 2014 – While Eskom awaits decisions from the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) on its applications for postponement (in many cases, effectively exemption) to meet minimum emission standards for its coal-fired power stations, a new study commissioned by NGO groundWork reveals that while some of the country benefits from Eskom produced electricity, it’s the health and lives of people in the Highveld that are carrying the disease burden of the energy utility’s pollution.

Energy Future

Written by Thursday, 26 June 2014 17:45

Peter Willis, South African Director of University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership attend a lively discussion on 6th June about pathways for energy in the future.  The discussion revealed a number of complex dilemmas facing both Eskom and other role-players.

Willis writes a short reflection on the discussion, setting down some thoughts about the central challenge of decision-making in relation to energy, water and climate. He stresses that the thoughts are his own opinions. 

Dié ondersoek kom nadat die Federasie vir ’n Volhoubare Omgewing (FSE) strafregtelike klagte van omgewingsbesoedeling teen die bankrot Blyvooruitsicht-myn, DRDGold en Village Main Reef-myn en sy direkteure aanhangig gemaak het.

Suur mynwater stroom weer hier uit Featured

Written by Tuesday, 18 March 2014 04:40

Miljoene liter suur mynwater het weer na die hewige reen uit ‘n ou ventilasieskag aan die Wes-Rand gestroom.

"...water is viewed mainly as an economic good or commodity by government departments and the private sector," a SAHRC report on water and sanitation in the country, released in Cape Town, said.

"The result is that most of South Africa's water is used by business, especially agribusiness, mining, and other industries, at a relatively lower cost per kilolitre than poor households."

GLENCORE Xstrata, the largest mining company on the JSE and the world’s biggest commodities trader, has come in for a roasting from some communities living near its operations.

THE DEPARTMENT of Water Affairs (DWA) is poised to pounce on a gold-mining outfit that has been at the heart of violent protests on the West Rand for allegedly contaminating parts of a major river system.

Desalination added to mine water treatment

Written by Monday, 12 March 2012 02:00


The Department of Water Affairs and civil society organisations have agreed that "some degree" of desalination should be added to the short-term plan for treating acid mine water threatening the water supply to the Witwatersrand