An ambitious new government strategy to deal with abandoned mines is welcome but needs more teeth, say those in the know. Andiswa Matikinca reports. It has been almost six years since #MineAlert reported that it will cost R30-billion or more to clean up and rehabilitate the thousands of abandoned mines scattered around South Africa. In a series of […]
“As the legislated frontline in the battle against ecosystem collapse, the Environmental Assessment Practitioners’ Association of South Africa is meant to hold a critical professional sector to account. But, as the case of Dr Kenneth Singo shows, the regulator is not doing its mandated job. If the country’s priceless biodiversity is to survive, a whole […]
“While the FSE welcomes the publication by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy(DMRE) of its Draft National Mine Closure Strategy. We do however have concerns aboutthe strategy from a number of different perspectives. Our comments are as follows…” Download the FSE’s comments below.
“It is common cause that the Department of Water and Sanitation is experiencing a skills shortage. The NW&SMP found that “a secure water future will not be achieved without addressing the issue of capacity – the skilled people required to undertake the work.” The NW&SMP further states: “A skills gap analysis conducted by the WRC […]
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“The government has postponed its R10 billion long term solution for acid mine drainage, which involves turning partially treated acidic mining water into potable or industrial water through desalination and selling it to consumers…” Download the full article below.
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“It’s mid-morning on the West Rand’s polluted goldfields and a cold wind blows clouds of fine dust from towering, barren mine dumps…” Download and read the full article below.
“Ensuring that mine closure incorporates all the relevant elements of safety, health and environment, as well as the associated cost, is a legal requirement. And while some companies are often quick to liquidate their operations once they’ve reached their end of life, the more conscious miner goes the extra mile to ensure that all the […]