Acid mine spill in Mpumalanga will take years to fix

The toxic spill of millions of litres of acidic mine water from an old, disused coal mine shaft in Mpumalanga that wiped out tonnes of fish was a “severe and catastrophic event” for the Wilge River system and its aquatic life. 

This is contained in the findings of a fish kill assessment report by aquatic scientist Jackie Dabrowski, which while focused on fish, described how “there would have been major associated impacts to macro-invertebrates and semi-aquatic species”.

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