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 [...]
Those responsible for contaminating South African land will pay, Environment Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said.
“We have taken the view that the cost of reducing pollution must be shared between people who are responsible for waste: the polluters,” she said.
“We are now saying that the policy of ‘the polluter pays’ will be strictly pursued without [...]
The inter-ministerial committee (IMC) dealing with Gauteng’s acid mine water crisis has called on some of South Africa’s top experts to help find a solution to the problem.
Briefing the media in Cape Town, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said that at the IMC’s first meeting last week, it was agreed to appoint [...]
Johannesburg – Millions of litres of highly acidic mine water is rising up under Johannesburg and, if left unchecked, could spill out into its streets some 18 months from now, Parliament’s water affairs portfolio committee heard on Wednesday.
The acid water is currently about 600m below the city’s surface, but is rising at a rate of [...]