Water News

Staat gekap oor myne in vleie

Written by Saturday, 01 March 2008 02:00

Die departement van mine- rale en energie is “kort- sigtig” om lisensies toe te staan aan mynmaatskappye wat steenkool in vleilande wil ontgin.

Dié steenkool het geen langtermyn ekonomiese waarde nie “en net vir ’n paar individue”.

Trouens, dit vernietig die land se kosbare, skaars waterbronne.

Plans to mine for coal in the catchment areas of major rivers present a serious threat to South Africa's fresh water resources.

Acid pollution caused by coal mining has already destroyed the Wilge River that flows through the Ezemvelo Reserve near Bronkhorstpruit, Mpumalanga, and has caused mass deaths of fish and crocodiles at the Olifants River inlet to Loskop Dam, between Middelburg and Groblersdal.