"It is not uncommon for African governments to exploit the poor and marginalized for perceived gains in the interest of the strong multinational companies and a few local beneficiaries.
"Endowed with vast natural resources such as wild animals, unique flora and fauna, rivers, lakes and minerals such as copper, uranium, zinc, diamonds and silver to mention but a few, many governments in Africa, rather than improving the lives of their citizens end up piling misery on the vulnerable in society.
"Take the mining of uranium for instance. It holds so much promise on the face of it but deep down the layers of reality, one sees that only multinational companies, corrupt government officials among
them, only a token few locals benefit from its exploitation."
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A confidential report in the possession of amaBhungane has painted an alarming picture of the threat posed by acid mine drainage to critical water pipelines owned by Africa's largest water utility Rand Water.
By ZWANGA MUKHUTHU
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.
The anti-corruption ombud has begun a probe into water pollution allegedly caused by mining companies.
"..in the light of the continuing pollution of one of our country's major river systems and one of our countries largest aquifers, and given the inadequacy of the current treatment plant, it does notmake any sense that several new opencast mine pits could have been authorised right on top of the recharge zone of the Western Basin Mine Void".
by Charlotte Matthews of Business Day
TACKLING the lethal and unsightly legacy of abandoned gold mines around Krugersdorp is not a task for the faint-hearted. But Australian-listed Mintails believes it can play a major role, at the same time as making money for its shareholders.
It is going to cost a lot of money and require some controversial decision-making to address the complex social and environmental problems on the West Rand that reflect illegal mining, communities encroaching on toxic mine tailings, and poisoned water.
PRETORIA. – Die departement van minerale hulpbronne gaan tot einde April R2,534 miljoen bestee aan bemarkingsveldtogte vir onder meer die omstrede nuwe mynbouregulasies. Dit sluit regulasies vir skaliegas in.
In terms of Condition 12.9 of the authorised Water Use License “The Licensee shall attend and actively participate in the Wonderfontein/Loopspruit catchment forum to which the Licensee must report and present all aspects of water management as contained in the conditions of this license such as compliance with the licence conditions and progress with all investigations in terms of this license or related studies...”
"...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."