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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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$71 billion needed to meet the SA’s growing demand for water

[Translate] South Africa will look to the bond markets, banks and increasing customer revenue to finance the 700 billion rand ($71 billion) needed to meet the country’s growing demand for water, the Department of Water Affairs said. Africa’s largest economy … Continue reading

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Dirty mine ‘violates’ rules

[Translate] The Shanduka coal mine in Mpumalanga was found to be in violation of environmental regulations and without a water licence, the departments of water and environmental affairs, and defence, said on Friday. “The deputy ministers of both departments, Rejoice … Continue reading

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Work on acid mine water underway

[Translate] Johannesburg – Environmental officials are working around the clock to curb the potential dangers posed by the impact of acid mine drainage in the Witwatersrand mining area, government news agency BuaNews reported on Monday. An expert team appointed by … Continue reading

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World Water Day in SA to change perceptions

[Translate] Cape Town – As World Water Day approaches, the department of water affairs and host city Cape Town are determined to change perceptions about water as a scarce resource. This year the theme of Water Day on March 22 … Continue reading

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Acid mine water threatens Johannesburg

[Translate] Johannesburg – If left unchecked, the millions of litres of Acid mine water entering the Tweelopiespruit rapidly-rising acid mine water under Johannesburg will start flooding the lower levels of the Gold Reef City tourist mine early next year.   … Continue reading

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Gordhan sets aside R230m for acid mine water

[Translate] 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 … Continue reading

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Expert warns of water crisis by 2020

[Translate] South African metropolitan areas are heading for a major water crisis by 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 … Continue reading

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Bloemhof Dam replaced waters four times

[Translate] Pretoria – The Bloemhof dam replaced its waters four times during the recent floods between mid-December and the end of January, a flood specialist at the department of water affairs said on Wednesday. Danie van der Spuy, a specialist … Continue reading

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Decisive action ‘imperative’ for Cradle of Mankind

[Translate] Johannesburg – Decisive action has become imperative as acidic mine water has reached the Cradle of Humankind from the West Rand, the United Association of South Africa said on Friday. “If urgent measures aren’t taken immediately, it will result … Continue reading

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