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A toxic delay

Written by / Maintained by Webmaster Saturday, 21 January 2012 08:43

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 06:18

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

First Uranium says MWS mining right withdrawn

Written by / Maintained by Webmaster Monday, 19 September 2011 03:20

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and uranium miner said that the new order mining right for its Mine Waste Solutions (MWS) tailings operation had been “withdrawn”.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and uranium miner said that the new order mining right for its Mine Waste Solutions (MWS) tailings operation had been “withdrawn”.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 10:48

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 Mariette Liefferink Tuesday, 28 June 2011 08:14

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.

Wildtuin-lodge vir R17,5 m. verkoop

Written by / Maintained by Webmaster Wednesday, 06 May 2009 08:10

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 / Maintained by Webmaster Friday, 28 November 2008 12:06

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.

Mynbou nalentskap is "rampspoedig"

Written by / Maintained by Webmaster Sunday, 23 November 2008 00:26

Mynbou het vir SA groot ekonomiese voorspoed gebring. Die nalatenskap van mynbou in die land was egter tot dusver in ’n groot mate “rampspoedig”.