Mining leaves farmers without water

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. 

“We used to walk into the dam with our nets and catch fish.”

Acknowledging 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.

Without that supply, farmers such as Mudge are left without water. A drought has caused her already polluted groundwater to dry up and the underground supply is so corrosive that her borehole pipes look like sieves. 

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.”

Click here to view the full story


State capture commission granted a 13-month extension

Judge Wendy Hughes says this is the final extension because finality is "owed to the nation"

DA’s Moodey joins leadership race

The head of the Democratic Alliance in Gauteng says he wants to take his experience to the national level

Press Releases

Achieving the litmus test of social relevance

The HSS Awards honours scholarly works based on their social relevance and contribution to the humanities and social sciences

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs