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Carte Blanche: "Nuclear Fallout"

Written by  Wednesday, 13 April 2016 07:11
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A ground-breaking study is underway to investigate the extent to which uranium-rich waste, left over from 130 years of gold mining, is a health hazard for residents exposed to dust and contaminated water.


 Could hair samples hold the answer to devastating illnesses plaguing hundreds of Johannesburg residents?  Could this study bring hope to millions unwittingly living near radioactive waste on the Witwatersrand? Carte Blanche investigates.

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Erratum from Mariette Liefferink:

I refer to the Carte Blanche programme, titled “Nuclear Fallout” which was screened on Sunday the 10th of April 2016.  Allow me to correct the following statement.

I stated that strontium is one of the decay products of uranium.  It is, however, not a decay product but a fission product.  Dr. Dawid de Villiers, whom I copy on this e-mail, and whom I wish to thank, alerted me to my error in this regard.  Please accept my apology for this oversight.



The FSE, in association with Gold Fields’ South Deep Mine, donated 40 white Karee Trees (Searsia penduline) during Arbor Week to the mining affected community of Simunye in the West Rand and participated in the tree planting ceremony with the community of Simunye, the local Municipality and officials from South Deep Mine.  The FSE also delivered a presentation during the ceremony.

"Varkies" gou op hok, maar als nie pluis | Beeld

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Radon Alert - Carte Blanche

Millions of South Africans are exposed to radioactive radon gas in their homes and workplaces every day, as the naturally occurring gas escapes through cracks in the earth. The second leading cause of lung cancer in several countries, radon breaks down and when inhaled, decaying atoms emit alpha radiation that can damage the DNA. There are no safe levels of radon concentration. The United States Environmental Protection Agency emphasises any radon exposure has some risk of causing lung cancer. Carte Blanche investigates why South Africa has no regulations to protect against radon accumulation in the home and what you can do to test your home and prevent lung cancer.   Watch the video here.

WITS Economics & Finance Courses: Mining for Development: The Taxation Linkage

Economics & Finance Courses at the University of the Witwatersrand. Mining for Development: The Taxation Linkage - Understand taxation for development and sustainability in mining. View the course here. Enrolment starts on the 7th of October 2019.