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Toxic dust from an abandoned mine coupled with Covid-19 is a tinderbox

Covid-19 is not the first health crisis to plague Snake Park. For decades the residents have lived with the mine, which they say blows clouds of dust into their homes

Graves bulldozed for security fence

ArcelorMittal, charged with toxic air and water pollution, seems to have bulldozed through graves to create a perimeter fence

​Geluksdal bites the Brakpan tailing dam’s dust

When the wind blows across DRDGold’s dump, grit covers the town and PM2.5 and PM10 particles lodge in people’s lungs and nose passages.

Gold rush’s toxic legacy lingers

It could cost R30-billion or more to clean up the thousands of abandoned mines in SA that are affecting the environment and locals' health.

Top Star: Jo’burg’s reel-estate wasteland

The city's landmark Top Star Drive-in site is a shadow of its former self, after the mine dump it perched atop was levelled and re-mined for gold.

Through the lens: Exploring land and photography in SA

From mine dumps to city skylines, four new books bring South Africa’s diversity into focus, writes Sean O'Toole.

Tudor Shaft: As dangerous as Chernobyl?

Surrounded by mine dumps, Tudor Shaft informal settlement has radiation levels comparable to that of Chernobyl. The health risks are unknown.

Joburg’s iconic mine dumps are a health risk, say activists

Despite efforts to contain toxic mine dust, it's still getting up the noses of Jo'burg residents. Mandi Smallhorne reports.

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