Mpuma farmers warn of food crisis

2012-03-22 11:37

Johannesburg - Mpumalanga farmers say the country faces a national food crisis if water pollution from mining in the province is not brought under control, according to a report on Thursday.

Louw Steytler, the new chairperson of Grain SA, said the organisation was deeply concerned, as Mpumalanga was responsible for a large part of South Africa's food supply, Beeld newspaper reported.

"This province is the bread basket of the country. If we want society to function properly, the government needs to give this problem urgent attention. Agri SA is in the process of getting legal advice on the issue," Steytler was quoted as saying.

The Mielie Trust had undertaken a comprehensive research project on behalf of Grain SA, to examine the consequences of the pollution.

Meanwhile, research done by the University of the Witwatersrand's Professor Terence McCarthy showed that even if mining companies attempted to rehabilitate previously mined land, harvest yields remained weak.

Delmas farmer Peet Bezuidenhout told Beeld mining was rapidly making it impossible for farmers to do their jobs. He had witnessed mining companies ruining wetlands at Bronkhorstspruit and at Ogies, the catchment area for the Olifants River.

Nigel Adams, head of the Blue Scorpions at the water affairs department, said his department could not solve the issue alone.

Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said in a written reply to a DA parliamentary question recently that 53 mines were operating in the country without a water licence, of which 18 were in Mpumalanga.

  • lindz.kok - 2012-03-22 12:04

    dont hold your breath the goverment doesnt give two sh1t$ about the countries well fair.

      methedex - 2012-03-22 12:11

      Maybe if they killed less farmers, their would be more food, as well as more provisions to provide water for the growth of food... ANC, you are starving yourselves...

      lindz.kok - 2012-03-22 12:12

      well said methedex.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-22 12:33

      What seems to be your issue lindz.kok?

      lindz.kok - 2012-03-22 12:38

      obviously the anc runing our country into the ground, and when i say our country i mean those actualy living here, so it is no concern of yours.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-22 13:00

      @ lindz.kok, I am a fifth generation South african and once my girls are independent adults I shall return to RSA with my Civil engineering skills to help build RSA. I don't see an issue with that. The reason I left for a while is cos of people like you. How do I teach my girls good morals when they are gonna meet people of your ilk on a daily basis. Believe me leaving RSA was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life especially when I was active at Highschool regarding the struggle.however I have a greater responsibility to my girls currently. If you want to know more , come over to Pokerstars . com and search for the bluzulu, bring some US dollars , Thanks.

      lindz.kok - 2012-03-22 13:20

      wow that is so wonderfull, a civil engineer are you, going to build old s.a. up are you? people like me you say, do you mean people who opose the anc and want to prevent the dstruction of our country? my daughter lives in schiedam holland along with her mom but our resons for having our children grow up outside s.a. is quite different. mine is to protect my daughter from racism... yes there are more racism against afrikaan speaking people in this country than any other race and also i am protecting my daughter from rape and murder and racialy motivated atacks. please stay there with your civil engineering degree. we realy dont need more racist people in this country. i say that based on the dozens of bias coments you have made in the past.

      Elize - 2012-03-22 14:00

      Methedex it has absolutely nothing to do with the killing of farmers, read the article!!

      bluzulu - 2012-03-22 14:33

      @ Lindz.kok Yeah Bud, I will take your advice......................NOT. Not worthy speaking to the indoctrinated....Some people in RSA disparage our struggle , belittling our fallen hero's and hold their head up high regarding Apartheid. This is not on , We had the Truth and reconciliation council to ensure that the African europeans were made aware of what their government was doing...i.e Telling Mom's that the children were dismembered and put into drums of acid to get rid of the evidence, Do you remember all this or are these facts conveniently forgotten.Yet you as an individual has posted some ignorant comments regarding Human rights day. This is because you just don't care, remove yourself from your designer pastel environment in the suburbs and just for a moment put yourself in our shoes. You will be a new better human being for it!!

      lindz.kok - 2012-03-22 14:48

      remember it? ha ha ha i wasnt even part of it! fact is i am one of those people who where on the recieving end of the injustices of the anc... this is totaly besides the point, but i worked in kliptown soweto on a movie called drum storys from sophiatown. thing is you lived in s.a. during the apartheid era (so you claim) as soon as the anc stuffed the country up you fled to greener pastures it seems.anyway what ever the truth may be i am not going to waste my energy on you, i dont need to justifie myself... lol "put yourself in our shoes" what you mean kiwi country lol

      bluzulu - 2012-03-22 14:57

      well done, I can't be bothered educating people such as yourself with the truth, You probably question the simple things like ;Why does the sun rise? Please don't rant about me, this is the reason I asked you if you had an issue with me. It obvious that you do. Now let me educate you on democracy, I have the right to post a comment and you have the right to report the comment nevertheless stop the ranting, thank you in advance squire....heheheehehee

  • bluzulu - 2012-03-22 12:27

    You can a million farmers however they can not do shyte with poisoned water. Why are these mines allowed to get away with poisoning the water supply. Surely these guys are gaining huge profits which a percentage should be reinvested into the mines strategy to stop the poisoning of the water.

      Trotse - 2012-03-22 13:00

      If the ANC would be monitoring there facilities then they would have spotted this long ago, now that they know about it why are they doing nothing?. if its the Mines fault or not it needs to be fixed and if it is indeed the mines then they can be invoiced.

      Peter - 2012-03-22 16:00

      Its a government that is uninterested in doing anything about it - too much money involved, the right to pollute is easily bought. Guess what, the previous regime would not have done too much about it either, they were not exactly angels when it came to the enviroment. Sorry my brothers, you can slay me, but it is the unarguable truth!

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-03-22 12:42

    Not that the provincial government not the State actually gives a shyte about the problem.

  • Hugh_Influence - 2012-03-22 13:01

    I'm alright Jack, got a nice big veggie garden.

  • JudithNkwe - 2012-03-22 13:01

    We have a water crisis created by mining, which mining takes no responsibility for and the DMR, DWEA and Health do not regulate at all. Sadly our government is happy to commit genocide on its people

  • Warmonger - 2012-03-22 13:04

    When will these "stupid white people" realise that the governmund DO NOT CARE about whether or not there will be enough food for the masses.. Once the white farmers are [driven] off their farms the non-white farmers will step in and take over (because then they can have their "rightfull" property(s) back), and there will be enough food for EVERYBODY in this eutopia we will then call "Azania". OR; zuma's Puppet-master - the Chinese - will step in and take over the farms left barren and produce food for the masses. So no, they do not care as both options will suit "them" fine....

      Dave - 2012-03-28 05:06

      Yes and No Warmonger....yes we will land up like Zim for sure. No to the Chinese farming and feeding the masses. For starters they aren't good famers and secondly anyting they do with the land will go back to China. They have only one thing in mind and thats their own interested. Africa is easy to take advantage off. Corrupt officials, then in the door and start taking everthing they can....again back to China.

  • roberta.keeling - 2012-03-22 13:10

    "Water boost for Cape farmers" Come to the Western Cape!

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-22 13:31

    Who owns the mines in this country? Is it not foreign companies like Anglo? Why doe we not hold them accountable for the massive pollution that they create?

      Johann - 2012-03-28 05:50

      Well who own the mines some family of Zuma,and of mr Mandella and a lot of other black diamonds I know of especially in the coal industry the biggest culprits in Pummalanga they are a law on themselves and could not care a hoot

  • Elize - 2012-03-22 13:59

    We better all start growing our own vegetable gardens and get our own livestock!

  • Peter - 2012-03-22 15:55

    Nigel Adams you weakling - is the word "could not" or "will not", I fear the latter. Blue Scorpions my rectum - should rather be called blue ticks! Waste of human flesh ...

  • Gillian - 2012-03-22 16:10

    As disgusting as it is that 18 mines in Mpumalanga are operationg without water licences, we are not the only country where this is happening. In the US miners that use fracking for oil and gas no longer need to apply for water permits thnks to George W, and the bribes he received from Haliburton. The point is if these mines are polluting the water shut them down until they have a water purification plant to process their waste water. They have the money and wherewithall to do it they just wont until they are forced to as it affects their bottom line. It's all about greed, when faced with a choice whether to spend money and purify their waste water or closing the mine altogether, what do you think they will choose?

  • Johann - 2012-03-28 05:41

    Blu Zulu first of all why did you go and you were involved in the strugle why did you not stay and secondly you say you did it for your girls ,my my don't you a struggling member of the ruling party entrust the welfare of your daughters to them .but others that is still in this country working and still holding things toghter irespective of all the sh!!t we have to put up with ,you dare judge us while sitting oversees and spewing your judgmental filth .i just detest ass holes like you

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