Mine drainage threatens sanctuary

2014-11-01 12:08

A proposed acid mine drainage treatment facility could threaten internationally-protected wetlands near Nigel, a report says.

East Rand pumps to treat acid water

2014-03-15 10:28

Acid mine drainage (AMD) pumps installed in the Germiston area are expected to treat around 57 million litres of water a day, Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says.

SA water polluted by mines to be mapped

2014-01-10 10:43

The Water Research Commission has embarked on an extensive study which aims to map surface and underground water currently influenced by mines.

Cattle organs 'contaminated by mining'

2012-12-18 14:42

A North West researcher has found that the organs of cattle kept in the area around the Wonderfontein Spruit have been contaminated with uranium and cobalt.

CT, Durban may drink recycled water

2012-10-10 10:46

Cape Town and Durban residents will soon have to face the possibility of drinking recycled water from sewerage as it becomes more scarce, a report says.

Court: Harmony must pay for acid water

2012-07-02 19:02

The high court in Pretoria has ruled that Harmony Gold must continue paying for pumping and treating acid mine water in and around the Orkney gold mine.

DRDGold incurs committee chair's wrath

2012-05-22 16:32

The head of a parliamentary portfolio committee has vowed to summon the executive management of DRDGold to explain what he called its "blackmail" of government.

Acid water: Tests support WUC method

2012-04-01 15:42

Between 0.0005% and 0.00001% – that’s the risk of becoming ill from using water from the water purification plant proposed by Western Utilities Corporation.

Ecological mine disaster expected

2012-04-01 10:14

An ecological disaster is imminent in the Vaal River system because of the decision not to implement the proposal for the treatment of acid mine drainage.

Emergency plans for rising acid water

2012-03-04 15:00

Public meetings to approve emergency measures for the treatment of acid mine water on the Witwatersrand will be concluded within a week.

Poor residents forced to drink dirty water

2012-02-16 19:53

Carolina residents in Mpumalanga who cannot afford bottled water have resorted to drinking the town's polluted water to quench their thirst.

Mine Waste Solutions doubles interim loss

2011-12-29 11:53

Gold and uranium tailings recovery operation Mine Waste Solutions says intermin losses are up to R11.80 per share.

Carte Blanche seeks access to Aurora case

2011-08-17 11:17

Current affairs programme Carte Blanche is applying for access to the inquiry into Aurora Empowerment Systems' conduct while managing Pamodzi Gold's assets.

Urgent action urged on acid mine water

2011-06-28 12:53

Faster action needs to be taken to find a solution to the acid mine drainage on the Witwatersrand, says Rand Uranium CEO John Munro.

Joburg safe from acid mine water - study

2011-06-27 18:13

A geo-technical risk assessment says there's no risk of acid mine water flooding the basements of high-rise buildings in the Joburg CBD.

Work on acid mine water underway

2011-06-13 15:47

Environmental officials are working to curb the potential dangers posed by the impact of acid mine drainage in the Witwatersrand mining area.

DA: Clean-up of acid mine drainage needed

2011-06-01 18:08

The clean-up of acid mine drainage on the Witwatersrand needs to be implemented as soon as possible, says the Democratic Alliance in Gauteng.

Govt looking into water tax for mines

2011-03-19 23:23

The government is looking at a tax on mines to force them to pay for the drainage of acid mine water, as well as other initiatives to save water.

Flooding of Grootvlei mine getting worse

2010-11-24 15:53

Flooding at the Grootvlei gold mine is getting worse, environmental activist Mariette Liefferink has cautioned.

Community takes on planned mine

2010-11-09 11:04

Farmers and residents of Bronkhorstspruit have decided to fight back against a mining company which wants to start an open-pit coal mine in a river catchment area right outside the town.

SA in race against toxic mine water

2010-10-28 14:08

Activists fear rising toxic mine water levels have created an underground time bomb, threatening the safety of Johannesburg's water.


SA facing another toxic water danger

2014-10-24 10:01

The possible development of a coal mine near a pump station in the Vaal could threaten water supply to millions of people in northern South Africa, it has been reported.

R319m to drain acid mines

2014-03-14 11:07

Around R319m will be spent on an acid mine drainage project focused on the Witwatersrand area, says the department of water affairs.

SA academic patents acid mine water treatment

2013-09-13 14:29

Rand Water's Professor Jannie Maree has received a US patent for a process that can solve the acid mine water crisis and generate income.

Acid water: Premier must step in, says DA

2012-10-14 20:42

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane must intervene directly to ensure a lasting, cost-effective solution to the acid mine drainage crisis, DA Gauteng spokesperson Jack Bloom says.

Court orders water for Carolina

2012-07-10 12:30

Mpumalanga municipal authorities have been ordered by the North Gauteng High Court to provide temporary water for the town of Carolina, north of Ermelo.

DRDGold responds to parliament chair

2012-05-23 13:00

DRDGold says it has sent a written submission to the chair of parliament's water affairs portfolio committee, following comments he made concerning the company.

Plans to purify acid mine water

2012-04-22 11:51

The mining industry is developing a comprehensive plan to decontaminate around 250 megalitres of acid mine water in Mpumalanga.

Facility too late to resolve crisis

2012-04-01 10:41

According to the timelines applicable to the ion-exchange project, it will take at least five to six years before an ion-exchange facility can be built and commissioned.

Solve acid mine water crisis - minister

2012-03-22 17:30

There needs to be a collective effort to find a long-term solution to the acid mine drainage crisis, Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has said.

Govt intervenes in Carolina water crisis

2012-02-21 09:25

The water affairs department says it is extremely concerned by the acid mine water seepage in Carolina in Mpumalanga, and has appointed scientists and engineers to deal with it.

Mpumalanga town faces acid water crisis

2012-02-16 11:44

Municipal authorities in Carolina, Mpumalanga, are pouring lime into the town's polluted water system after suspected seepage from two abandoned coal mines.

West Rand acid water to be tackled

2011-09-07 20:45

Treatment of acid water pouring out of old mine workings near Krugersdorp on the West Rand will start within three months, MPs have heard.

No political will on acid water

2011-07-21 23:05

There is no political will to deal with the acid mine water problem, chief executive of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment, Mariette Liefferink says.

Joburg safe from acid mine water: Study

2011-06-27 18:13

A geo-technical risk assessment says there's no risk of acid mine water flooding the basements of high-rise buildings in the Joburg CBD.

Treasury proposes tax levy for acid water

2011-06-22 10:14

National Treasury has submitted a proposal to establish an environmental tax superfund to pay for the acid mine water crisis.

Acid mine water on Gauteng oversight

2011-06-06 14:47

Acid mine drainage on the Witwatersrand has been included in the Gauteng agriculture and rural development department's oversight programme.

Acid mine water affects 4 provinces

2011-03-24 18:01

The acid mine water problem affects small parts of the North West, the Free State and the Northern Cape in addition to Gauteng.

Pollution reaches Cradle of Mankind

2011-01-14 11:02

Acidic mine water which has been bubbling out of an old ventilation shaft on the West Rand has now reached the Cradle of Mankind, and is believed to have killed over 60 fish in a nearby dam.

Gauteng's drinking water at risk

2010-11-24 09:25

The acidic mine water running into the Vaal River Barrage is salinising the whole system to such an extent that it will be unusable within four to five years, according to a government report.

Acid water plan due in December

2010-10-28 16:33

Water affairs will tell Cabinet in mid-December how it plans to resolve the acid mine drainage threat and how much this will cost.

Uranium water email causes a splash

2010-10-08 08:04

A scientist who sent an email to warn her friends in Potchefstroom not to drink their tap water as they will start glowing in the dark, says she is "in very big trouble".

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