Johannesburg faces health danger

2011-11-05 14:35

Johannesburg - At least 380 mine dumps and slime dams around Gauteng could be a bigger threat than acid mine drainage, the Saturday Star reported.

A draft report by the provincial department of agriculture found that the mine dumps were causing radioactive dust fallout, toxic water pollution and soil contamination, the paper said.

It warned that if the province did not act, Johannesburg would eventually be seen as "an old mining town that has reached the end of its working life".

Wind-blown mine dust being inhaled could cause respiratory diseases, it said.

The report was completed in July but has not yet been released.

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