Mine water a threat to Gauteng

2011-10-20 07:28

Johannesburg - Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) in Gauteng poses a threat to residents and government needs to act swiftly in addressing the problem, the provincial housing department said on Wednesday.

"The impact of Acid Mine Drainage in Gauteng is a significant environmental problem that has a potential to undermine socio-economic development, and pose a threat to human lives. The impact of this can already be seen in some municipalities in the province," the department's deputy director-general on human settlements William Bhila said.

This emerged at one-day conference between the South African Local Government Association and the department, which addressed the impact of AMD and explored ways to manage the problem.

AMD is presently a cause for concern in the West Rand basin, the Central Rand basin and the East Rand basin, Bhila said.

"AMD has already been decanting from the West Rand Basin since 2002. This resulted in the loss of animal life and the corrosion of fittings in the Mogale City area."

Bhila said the government needed to act swiftly before AMD started to decant in the other two basins. Marius Keet from water affairs department said the best way to tackle this problem is through collaboration by all stakeholders.

"We need to explore the possibility of partnerships between public and private sectors", he said.

Bhila said the general solution is to pump the water from below the environmental critical level to the surface where it is neutralised.

  • Riaan - 2011-10-20 07:52

    What have they doing in the past 9 years..?

      Raymond - 2011-10-20 08:11

      Ignorance is bliss.

      Ann - 2011-10-20 08:13

      Thinking that Professor Turton is a nutter and hasn't got a clue what he has been talking about ad-nauseum. Unfortunately, people will only realise the REAL value of water once there is none to drink. WATER REALLY IS MORE VALUABLE THAN ALL THE MINERAL WEALTH IN THE WORLD, BECAUSE WITHOUT IT THE EARTH WILL DIE AND ALONG WITH EARTH, ITS INHABITANTS - IT IS THAT SIMPLE AND THAT COMPLEX!!

  • richard.barnard2 - 2011-10-20 08:21

    Dont worry says the meantime i will upgrade my house to the tune of 160 million.....

  • colin.dovey - 2011-10-20 08:45

    Rumour has it that one can already see how the water level underground , has risen in the Gold Reef City Shafts near Johannesburg - can anybody confirm that?

  • JohanArleen - 2011-10-20 08:58

    They have money to waist on "upgrading" the road infrastructure to get more money but they do not have funds to resolve this environmental problem. This is so typical, the government will MILK us till we stand together and speak as one. The government know this will not happen so they will keep on screwing us over. It is all show but no one willing to do the job. Beware of those papercuts darlings.........

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2011-10-20 09:10

    People must remember that these mines are often foreign owned. When the mineral resources disappear the mines close shop, leaving us with environmental problems of this scale.

      Levett - 2011-10-20 09:31

      What rubbish you talking! Blaming foreigners now. Do your homework before you post your idiotic ideas.

  • Koos - 2011-10-20 09:25

    mmm... ok then stop talking and start doing.......

  • Levett - 2011-10-20 09:28

    This is a BEE mining company mess and then you want to nationalize the mines!

  • jilli13 - 2011-10-20 10:57

    delayed knee jerk reaction.... oops missed the target

  • badballie - 2011-10-20 11:25

    they of course forget to mention that all three basins are now toxic and no borehole or wells can be dug in the area and any existing ground water points are a health hazard. This represents a 33% loss of the natural ground water supply for the country at the moment, their idea to pump water up and purify it is simply to limit the contamination of our water ways from Gauteng all the way to the sea. effectively the ANC through its normal inaction has placed the lives of every man, woman and child in this country in extremely grave danger and places 90% of our water supply in danger of permanent contamination. This has the potential to turn this country into a desert wasteland similar to the Sahara desert.

  • Brainbow - 2011-10-20 18:48

    Gauteng director-general on human settlements William Bhila. Wow. What a genius. Where the hell did he just fall from? Action, you idiot. Action. Just do it!

  • Preshen - 2011-10-21 08:17

    We must Nationalise mine water

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