Ways to kill a wetland

In late June 2013, Exxaro, one of South Africa’s largest coal-mining companies with assets of R41.6-billion, commenced opencast mining at Weltevreden pan close to Delmas, in the mineral-rich province of Mpumalanga. Or rather, re-commenced.  Report by Franz Fuls Report by Franz Fuls

Water taints life in Cradle

CHANTAL Whiller and her husband did their homework before they moved their family to an upmarket country estate at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.Whiller’s husband, who worked on the mines in Welkom, had heard about the toxic and potentially radioactive acid mine drainage (AMD) seeping into the Cradle from the Witwatersrand’s abandoned goldfields.“He […]

Watershed

The abundance of excellent, cheap water has made South Africa’s economic growth possible. But in this week’s Special Assignment we reveal that we are reaching the point in history where we have to make the head-shift from an economy driven by water availability to one run on limited water.

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