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Acid Mine Drainage
· Acid Mine Drainage. Acid mine drainage is the flow, or seepage, of polluted water from old mining areas. Depending on the area, the water may contain toxic heavy metals and radioactive particles. These are dangerous for people''s health, as well as plants and animals. Acid mine drainage on the Witwatersrand has reached a crisis point.
The impact of acid mine drainage in South Africa
Acid mine drainage (also sometimes referred to as acid rock drainage) is a well-understood process2 and arises primarily when the mineral pyrite (''fool''s gold'' or iron disulphide) comes into contact with oxygenated water. The pyrite undergoes oxidation in a two-stage process, the first producing sulphuric acid and ferrous sulphate and the ...
September | 2010 | The Antidote
· A fantasy of falling towers September 1, 2010 Posted by Andreas in Column, Environment, rant, renewable energy, South Africa, Sustainable Living. add a comment A fantasy of falling towers (This column was first published on 2010-08-25 at News24 here) "I remember the moment the Athlone cooling towers fell as though it happened a few days ago.
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· 11. Eskom''s applications do not demonstrate how the use of ash to backfill mines, treat acid mine drainage or as soil additive are beneficial purposes in South Africa, and they do not mention where these practices currently take place and whether this has been successful or not. In relation to backfilling mines, treating acid mine drainage
Earthlife Africa Johannesburg made a submission on the IRP 2010 Update Report based on to the Thomas Report which explores and analyses the government''s Integrated Resource Plan for the electricity industry.; Earthlife Africa Johannesburg made a submission on the ''Budget Appropriation Bill: Proposed Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Investments'' to the Portfolio Committee on Energy and the ...
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"The acid mine drainage crisis in Gauteng has been mishandled from the start, characterised by inexcusable delay and policy zig-zags," he said. ... Earthlife Africa Cape Town''s concerns revolved around issues regarding water constraints, the need for the aggressive introduction of all forms of renewable energy technologies into the energy ...
My neighbour, the mine dump
· I''d scheduled a meeting with EarthLife Africa, a non-profit organisation driven by a small but dedicated group of volunteers and one of the first to voice concern about acid mine drainage …
· Feb 5, 2021. In this press release, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg joins Safcei''s call to SA citizens, encouraging people to make their voices heard regarding the SA government''s proposed nuclear energy plans. See the full story below. Friday 5 February, is the deadline for South...
Earthlife Africa is a non-profit organisation, founded in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1988, that seeks a better life for all people without exploiting other people or degrading their environment. We want to encourage and support individuals, businesses and industries to reduce pollution, minimise waste and protect our natural resources.
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Acid Mine Drainage
1.1 The acid mine drainage issue Introduction Acid mine drainage (AMD) in the Gauteng City-Region (GCR) has been described in the media as a ticking time bomb after it was officially reported to have begun surfacing from old mining works on the West Rand in 2002 (Masondo et al., 2011; TAU SA, 2011; Slack, 2013). Acid mine drainage occurs when
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· The report also states that seepage of acid mine drainage from the mine into the freshwater system is highly likely. "There is overwhelming evidence that most of the damage to this sensitive aquatic environment cannot be mitigated and will therefore be irreversible," Horsfield adds. ... Branch co-ordinator of Earthlife Africa Johannesburg ...
SA park flooded with toxic water | Infrastructure news
· Last week, Van Eeden and Adatia, a volunteer at Earthlife Africa Joburg, were visiting communities in Roodepoort and Witpoortjie affected by dust from slimes dams and AMD when they came upon the park. "The water appears to come from a stream of AMD flowing from the base of a mine dump, at the back of houses near the park," explained Adatia.
''People just don''t know this water is bad for you ...
· Organisations like Earthlife are seeing a growing number of activists hailing from a variety of communities, with many neighbours building coalitions of their own. An unjust reality. Acid mine drainage is a great environmental disaster. Even more so, it is an indicator of the grave social injustice still permeating South Africans'' lives.
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Monitoring Tailings and Acid Mine Drainage Ponds Surveiller les résidus dans les bassins de drainages miniers acides 10.00 - 17.00 Liefferink M Excursion to West Rand Gold Fields Mining Region Excursion vers la région minière des « West Rand Gold fields » Thursday 19th November Jeudi 19 novembre
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· Acid-mine drainage has the most severe impact, with treatment estimated to cost of around 0.38/kWh (ZAR 2009). * Apart from future water treatment costs, the historical impacts of coal mining will require treatment and associated costs for decades to come. South Africa has close to 6 000 recorded derelict and ownerless mines.
Status, progress and challenges of phytoremediation
· Available data indicate that about 6000 abandoned mine sites pose imminent danger to the environment and public health receptors in South Africa (Times Live, 2012). One of the challenges that have been observed after decades of gold mining in Witwatersrand Basin is acid mine drainage.
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· democracy entrenched in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996. The IMC has excluded participation by those who are most affected by its decisions. Millions of litres of heavily polluted acid mine drainage continue to be decanted into streams connected to both the Vaal and Crocodile River systems and groundwater systems on a
NGOs Criticise West Rand Environmental Disaster | NGO Pulse
Press Release 19 January 2010 From: Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (Acid Mine Drainage Working Group) Endorsed by: Legal Resources Centre, Federation for a Sustainable Environment, The GreenHouse People''s Environment Centre, Public Environmental Arbiters Contacts for further information: Rachel Adatia email: [email protected] cell 082 420 1436 Mariette Liefferink …
Decision on toxic mine drainage in sight | AMD in SA
· Cabinet will shortly give direction on how South Africa will deal with the potential crisis posed by acid mine drainage (AMD) in Gauteng. Environmentalists have described AMD as the single most significant threat to South Africa''s environment and as heavy rains persisted this week, fears grew that the problem may be exacerbated.
Statement from Civil Society Organisations on Acid Mine ...
· Image: "Acid Mine Drainage on the West Rand Gold Fields" courtesy of Earthlife Africa. Click through to Earthlife''s web site to read its Acid Mine Drainage Fact Sheet 1 and Acid Mine Drainage Fact Sheet 2. Posted by LC at 12:05. Labels: Acid Mine Drainage …
Acid Mine Drainage
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS. The Department of Water and Sanitation and the AMD feasibility study team sincerely thank the representatives of the organisations and departments listed below for their contributions to the Feasibility Study for a long-term solution to address the AMD associated with the East, Central and West Rand underground mining basins.
Sustainable Energy Solutions for South Africa
in South Africa and his vision is to power South Africa with renewable energy by 2050. Muna Lakhani is a long-standing activist in the "eld of environmental and social justice. He is founder and National Co-ordinator of the Institute for Zero Waste in Africa, and a volunteer Branch Coordinator of Earthlife Africa Cape Town.
Governance and socio-political issues in management of ...
· Acid mine drainage (AMD) is one specific public health and ecological issue that has stirred debates in political and social circles in South Africa (Feris & Kotzé, 2014). This AMD problem, currently experienced by the government and society in South Africa, is, to a large extent, the result of the governance, the administration and the socio ...
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Earthlife Africa Johannesburg () Endangered Wildlife Trust () Environmental Monitoring Group () ... such as in the case of acid mine drainage on the Witwatersrand – are appropriately controlled and mitigated. In addition, mining contributes both directly and indirectly to climate change, and has ...
South Africa: North Gauteng High Court, Pretoria
EARTHLIFE AFRICA, JOHANNESBURG Third Applicant. BIRDLIFE SOUTH AFRICA ... 11.8.2 The Applicants further contend that, in particular with regard to the management of acid mine drainage post closure of the proposed mine, no cautionary approach had been adopted.
acid mine drainage in south africa
Case Study Acid Mine Drainage South Africa Earthwise Mining is hugely important in South Africa In 2006, South Africa was the largest producer of gold, and the fourth largest producer of coal, in the world (Usher and Vermuelen 2006) Mining has been important to the economy of Gauteng Province since gold was discovered there in 1886 ''Gauteng'' means ''place of gold'' Mining has provided ...
Current News & Press Releases
· Six of the eight companies assessed in CER''s new report collectively use around 8 million cubic metres of water per annum – equivalent to approximately 3195 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Coal mining is particularly harmful to water resources, with acid mine drainage from coal mines polluting surface and groundwater with acid, salts and metals.
Cabinet given acid ultimatum | AMD in SA
· Cabinet given acid ultimatum. By Donwald Pressly () The government has been given until national budget day, which is February 23, to respond to a demand by a host of environmental organisations to release a report on ways to stop the flow of millions of litres of acid mine drainage into various rivers in Gauteng.
Civil Society Organisations'' Statement in Regard to the ...
1 "Rains Brings Acid Mine Spillage Closer" 17 January 2011, The Times and "Acid mine water could rise higher in rain season" 26 November 2010, Business Day. 2 "Heavy weather here to stay warns weather service" 19 January 2011, The Times. Civil society media statement re. acid mine drainage …
AMD in SA | a compendium of current literature on the ACID ...
Cabinet will shortly give direction on how South Africa will deal with the potential crisis posed by acid mine drainage (AMD) in Gauteng. Environmentalists have described AMD as the single most significant threat to South Africa''s environment and as heavy rains persisted this week, fears grew that the problem may be exacerbated.
Voices of acid mine drainage
· It sits nestled between two large mine dumps owned by DRD Gold and a wetland full of acid mine drainage. Denzel April, resident "The dump …
Activists call for action over acid mine drainage | AMD in SA
· The chronic exposure to acid mine drainage can result in cancer," said Liefferink. The Water Affairs Department''s Sputnik Ratau said an inter-ministerial team has done research on acid mine drainage and will present solutions to cabinet in the near future.
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