An environmental and civil rights group has implicated a West Rand-based gold mining company in several alleged contraventions of environmental legislation.
JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Environmental lobby group the Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) has laid criminal charges against tailings extractor Mintails for noncompliance to its integrated water use licence (WUL) for its West Rand-based retreatment operations, saying it will also report the matter to the Office of the Public Protector for investigation.According to the group, […]
The anti-corruption ombud has begun a probe into water pollution allegedly caused by mining companies.
The Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development rolled out a five-year plan for the management of Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) in the province. During a press conference the MEC of the department Nandi Mayathula-Khoza together with the Mogale City Mayoer, Councillor Koketso Calvin Seerane addressed numerous members of the media abotu their plan of […]
THE Gauteng agriculture and rural development department launched a five-year plan this week, to treat the problem of acid mine drainage (AMD) in the province.In the past few years people living around Johannesburg have become aware, thanks to environmental activists and visible evidence, that highly tainted water from old gold mines, dubbed AMD, is rising […]
The Federation for a Sustainable Environment often leads tours to the mining region.
Last week the terrain of Blyvoor Gold Mine was the site of much activity as representatives of various government departments flocked to the mine to investigate allegations of environmental pollution.
In this four part series we begin with the protest action in Kagiso early this year. The residents of Kagiso on Johannesburg’s West Rand are calling for the complete shut down of Mintails Mogale Gold. This mining operation began unrestrained blasting only 100m’s away from their homes late in 2013. People describe an earthquake type […]
“..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 […]
Mintails continue to contribute to the recharge (and subsequent decant from) of the Western Basin Mine Void water (by increasing the number of opencast areas through which recharge occurs), which [FSE] rightly say flow at about 20-30 Ml/day form the 17 and 18 Winze shaft areas. However, currently it is probably flowing at double that […]