Mining’s dark shadow

The signs of trouble started soon after Luciano Williams was born.  When he was only one month old, he suddenly stopped breathing. It’s a moment his frightened grandmother, Ann, won’t ever forget. Little Luciano was lying in her arms: “I saw his eyes turning in his head. He couldn’t breathe. I was so scared. I […]

Blyvooruitzicht Gold Mine: Ray of hope

In 2010, workers at DRDGold’s Blyvooruitzicht gold mine near Carletonville toyi-toyi -ed to protest against a bid for the distressed mine by Aurora Empowerment Systems, whose reputation was already marred by events at Grootvlei and Orkney.  Blyvoor traded itself out of its difficulties then, but only three years later, Village Main Reef, which was managing […]

SA to begin long term treatment of AMD

South African minister of water and sanitation announced earlier in the month that her department was ready to implement a long term strategy to deal with acid mine drainage. The acid has been a source of pollution known to gold miners and activists for over 100 years. Angelo Coppola of CCTV has more. View here: www.youtube.com [iframe […]

NYU Graduates Seeking $11 Billion of Gold in Ransacked Mine

At Blyvooruitzicht, a 77-year-old gold mine southwest of Johannesburg, almost everything had been stolen except gold-bearing ore in the looting after the operation was closed in 2013. Now, New York University graduates Bastiat Viljoen, 31, and his brother Dane, who was an intern at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., want to revive the ailing mine, which […]

WHO tests hair to probe uranium from Joburg gold mine

The World Health Organization is collecting hair samples west of Johannesburg to see if residents are suffering from excessive uranium pollution due to ore dumps from 130 years of gold mining. The Geneva-based United Nations unit will analyze hair samples from about 1,600 people living in neighborhoods near mine-waste dumps, mainly west of Johannesburg, it […]

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