The government did the right thing by releasing a report on acid mine drainage (AMD) last week that referred to the water pollution problem in the mine voids of the Witwatersrand as a “crisis”.
Now it is the turn of gold mining firms to peer beyond self-interest and open up their own databases.
By stalling the release [...]
André Janse van Vuuren | Wed, 23 Feb 2011 16:08
THE government has budgeted R225m over the next two years to design and build an acid mine water treatment facility in the Vaal water management area. In the 2011 budget tabled by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday, the amount allocated for the department of [...]
Johannesburg – South African metropolitans are heading for a major water crisis in 2020, a former director general of the department of water affairs has warned.
Mike Muller, who now serves as an adjunct professor at the University of the Witwatersrand and sits on the national planning commission, said at a Water and Energy Forum in [...]
If urgent steps are not taken, South Africa will run out of water for future economic growth within the next five years.
This is among several alarming expert opinions contained in the second edition of “The Environmental Handbook: A Guide to Green Business in South Africa”, launched in Cape Town this week.
In a guest foreword to [...]
Johannesburg – The water treatment plant at the Grootvlei mine near Springs will flood with acid mine water in five days, closing down operations, if action is not taken, the water affairs department said on Tuesday.
“The plant is only pumping 40 megalitres of acid mine water a day, but it needs to pump 108 megalitres [...]