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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

"The FSE interprets Platmin’s ungrounded and defamatory allegations against the FSE as an attempt to divert attention away from its own alleged unlawful actions," writes Mariette Liefferink, CEO of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment.

In a public letter, Liefferink addresses the allegation of Platmin that the FSE "has its own agenda".

'Move campus or see you in court'

Written by Wednesday, 22 February 2012 03:43

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 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

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and uranium miner said that the new order mining right for its Mine Waste Solutions (MWS) tailings operation had been “withdrawn”.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