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Carolina residents demand clean water

Judgment is expected today in an urgent application for access to clean water in Carolina, Mpumalanga. Lawyers for Human Rights and the Legal Resources Centre, acting for the Federation for a Sustainable Environment and Silobela Concerned Community, filed an urgent application in the High Court in Pretoria when no agreement could be reached with the […]

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Desalinating acid mine water produces useful by-products

Process can make water drinkable and turn polluting elements into by-products While acid mine drainage is an added threat to South Africa’s already constrained water supply, it also provides a potential solution, the Johannesburg office of management consultancy AT Kearney says in a report due for release today.

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South Africa plans urgent clean-up of toxic mine liquid

South Africa plans to set up a chain of pumping stations and treatment plants to prevent toxic liquids building up in defunct gold mines beneath Johannesburg from reaching dangerous levels. Immediate action is needed because acidic mine water is expected to reach environmentally critical levels under Johannesburg by June 2012, government officials and scientists told […]

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Johannesburg gold riches spawn acid water woes

South Africa’s city of gold, Johannesburg, may soon start being eaten away by acidic water flowing from the mines that created its astronomical fortunes. Mines dug more than a century ago stretching about 40 km (25 miles) along one of the world’s largest gold deposits have reached their water storage limit and will start leaking […]

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Government Must Respond to Acid Mine Water

Acid mine water is causing huge damage to plants, animals and the health of humans, otherwise legal steps will be taken to protect the people’s constitutional rights. A letter to this effect was addressed to ministers Susan Shabangu (Mineral Affairs) and Edna Molewa (Water and Environmental Affairs) in their capacity as co-chairs of the Inter […]

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Pollution reaches Cradle of Mankind

Johannesburg – Acidic mine water that has been bubbling out of an old ventilation shaft on the West Rand for the past year has now reached the Cradle of Mankind, and is believed to have caused the deaths of over 60 carp in a dam. This is the opinion of Dr Francois Durand of the […]

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Special task team to investigate acid water drainage in SA

Water Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica has been mandated to urgently convene a special task team to investigate acid water drainage in some provinces. Briefing the media on Thursday following Cabinet’s regular Wednesday meeting, government spokesman Themba Maseko said the task team would develop a clear and co-ordinated strategy to deal with the matter. Cabinet was […]

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Johannesburg on acidic water time bomb

Millions of litres of highly acidic mine water is rising up under Johannesburg and, if left unchecked, could spill out into its streets some 18 months from now. The acid water is currently about 600m below the city’s surface, but is rising at a rate of between 0.6 and 0,9m a day, water affairs deputy […]

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