Category Archives: Acid mine drainage

SA is at a critical time for water & sanitation planning

[Translate] South Africa is at a critical time for water and sanitation planning, according to Trevor Balzer, deputy director general: strategic and emergency projects at the Department of Water and Sanitation. Addressing the Annual Water Stewardship Summit in Sandton on … Continue reading

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Acid mine drainage is still a problem

[Translate] JOHANNESBURG – Eyewitness News has learned government spent R25 million on a ‘feasibility report’ to establish a long-term solution for acid mine drainage, but two years later the report’s findings have not been implemented. In 2012, urgent concerns were … Continue reading

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South Africa’s taps are running dry

[Translate] According to the former minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa South Africa has fully allocated 98 per cent of the county’s water source and this means that future generations in the country will only have 2 per … Continue reading

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High quantities of uranium, arsenic and sulphuric acid found in streams and rivers.

[Translate] High quantities of uranium, arsenic, sulphuric acid and other toxic materials found in streams and rivers. South Africa’s anti-corruption ombudsman has begun a probe into water pollution allegedly caused by mining companies. The inquiry by the Public Protector is … Continue reading

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AMD into Klip River!

[Translate] Acid mine drainage (AMD) pumps installed in the Germiston area were expected to treat around 57 million litres of water a day, Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on Friday. She said the plant to treat and discharge water … Continue reading

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Local scientist wins global water award

[Translate] In the United States just outside the town of Butte in Montana lies a pit of greenish poison two kilometres wide and 500m deep. It was once a thriving copper mine but now abandoned, the pit is full of … Continue reading

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Bosveld Phosphates company sued

[Translate] The department of water and environmental affairs (DWEA) has laid criminal charges against the Bosveld Phosphates company responsible for a toxic spill into the Selati and Olifants rivers. The leak killed fish over a 15km stretch of water and … Continue reading

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Extensive pollution in Kruger Park river

[Translate] South African authorities revealed Tuesday that a phosphate mine spillage has caused “extensive pollution” to a river in the country’s famed Kruger National Park. Park officials said “highly acidic water” from a dam at the Bosveld phosphate mine spilled … Continue reading

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AMD report to be made public, but probably not this year

[Translate] A report on the feasibility of the proposed long-term solution to South Africa’s acid mine drainage problem, already submitted to the Department of Water Affairs, would be made public, department spokesman Sputnik Ratau said on Wednesday. South Africa’s acid … Continue reading

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Acid mine water to be pumped

[Translate] South Africa will begin pumping acid water from disused mines that’s threatening to flood Johannesburg, according to the Department of Water Affairs. Equipment being installed in Germiston, east of Johannesburg, will be able to pump water from the city’s … Continue reading

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