SA’s rivers and dams can no longer recover from pollution, say water scientists
/ 27 March 2024

SA’s rivers and dams can no longer recover from pollution, say water scientists

About seven billion litres of sewage are released every day into rivers and dams

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Witwatersrand goldfield acid mine drainage ‘with us for millennia’
/ 21 April 2023

Witwatersrand goldfield acid mine drainage ‘with us for millennia’

Quick fixes are inadequate to prevent damage from gold mining’s legacy, but the long-term plan of treating AMD could relieve water shortages

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Cradle of Humankind residents fear sinkholes, groundwater contamination from toxic acid mine drainage
/ 12 January 2023

Cradle of Humankind residents fear sinkholes, groundwater contamination from toxic acid mine drainage

Excessive rainfall last month has caused untreated toxic water from old gold mines to decant into waterways on the West Rand

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Loskop Dam crocodiles fitted with satellite transmitters to gauge effect of acid mine drainage spill
/ 24 August 2022

Loskop Dam crocodiles fitted with satellite transmitters to gauge effect of acid mine drainage spill

‘We’re seeing fewer crocodiles after the acid spill’ – conservationist

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Pumping of acidic mine water on East Rand delayed — again
/ 29 June 2022

Pumping of acidic mine water on East Rand delayed — again

The plant’s closure means that a tide of toxic mine water is rising significantly underground, which could decant into the environment within months

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Acid mine water continues to rise underground on the East Rand
/ 27 May 2022

Acid mine water continues to rise underground on the East Rand

Levels at a treatment plant in Springs have now breached a critical environmental threshold

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Criminal probe into Thungela Resources for ‘catastrophic’ acid mine water spill
/ 23 May 2022

Criminal probe into Thungela Resources for ‘catastrophic’ acid mine water spill

It will be a test case in South Africa for river pollution, rehabilitation and holding polluters accountable

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Deep concern over rising underground tide of toxic acidic mine water on East Rand
/ 29 April 2022

Deep concern over rising underground tide of toxic acidic mine water on East Rand

Broken abstraction pumps at the Eastern basin treatment plant mean that water supply may become contaminated, posing a serious threat

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Acid mine spill in Mpumalanga will take years to fix
/ 3 April 2022

Acid mine spill in Mpumalanga will take years to fix

Toxic water in the Wilge River system from Thungela’s colliery is a ‘catastrophic event’

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West Rand: ‘These mine dumps are destroying us’
/ 5 June 2021

West Rand: ‘These mine dumps are destroying us’

Mining areas on the West Rand are ecologically dead because of poor rehabilitation

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Acid mine water a rising threat
/ 27 May 2021

Acid mine water a rising threat

About 360 tonnes of salts are dissolved in the Vaal River system every day

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