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Sebabatso Mosamo, Sipho Kings & Delwyn Verasamy
13 Jul 2015 13:17
Farmers rely on windmills to pump water from underground. With groundwater polluted, this is their only source of water. (Delwyn Verasamy, M&G)
The fish started dying when Hannelie Mudge was in matric. The family farm, which used to have a bountiful
supply of clean water in its numerous dams, had to turn to boreholes to
get its water.
used to walk into the dam with our nets and catch fish.”
their impact on the local water sources, the closest mining operation agreed to
supply farmers with trucked water.
But now that supply has dried up, after
Harmony Gold – the mine’s new owners – used the findings of a disputed
research report to say the local water is safe for consumption.
that supply, farmers such as Mudge are left without water.
The last of the water on her family farm is now contained in a single
dam. “When this is finished there is no water. Nothing. Then we do not know
what to do.”
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