Magalies River – A Sensitive Catchment

Submitted by the FSE

In terms of CLASSIFICATION OF SIGNIFICANT WATER RESOURCES IN THE MOKOLO AND MATLABAS CATCHMENTS: LIMPOPO WATER MANAGEMENT AREA (WMA) AND CROCODILE (WEST) AND MARICO WMA: WP 10506 INTEGRATED UNITS OF ANALYSIS (IUA) DELINEATION REPORT

DRAFT REPORT NO.: RDM/WMA1,3/00/CON/CLA/0212

Directorate: Water Resource Classification

JUNE 2012

The Magalies River is identified as follows:

“The present state of the Magalies River is in a B category, especially with Maloney’s Eye situated in the upper reaches. The EIS is very high due to the presence of the rare Barbus motebensis in the system. The Magalies River is an important provincial conservation area and has been identified as a sensitive catchment in the Gauteng conservation plan.

Impacts of mining on the Magalies River can therefore not be allowed.

“A River Under Threat”. The Bloubank River catchment which runs from Kaalfontein & Koesterfontein through the town of Magaliesburg and then into the Magalies River is threatened by proposed mining activities. Prospecting applications spanning some 3000 hectares completely surround the Blauuwbank catchment which leads directly into the Magalies River System.

 

The Marico Barb – Barbus motebensis. © Roger Bills / SAIAB

Barbus motebensis Photo Copyright:

© Roger Bills / SAIAB

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3 Comments:

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  2. Should comment/input/feedback from Dept of Mines not be sought on this development with direct reference to any current, renewed or proposed mining prospecting applications in this eco-sensitive area?
    It is high time that the Hon.Minister responsible steps in & makes some form of media statement along with an attempt re-establish public faith in the function of this government department.
    There has been no engagement from the Gauteng Regional Mines offices – are they funded by the miners & their investors?
    Are these beaurocrats simply taking the BM’s & Johhny Walker Blue?
    They do not serve the people as is clear from their very,very silent corner.
    The Magalies communities, from the humble farm worker to the highly capital invested Mount Grace Hotel, have a right to know that their futures & investments are secure from the applications of the enviro-destroyers, that seem along with the Dept of Mines, hell-bent on pillaging this highly sensitive area.
    If the miners get their way, it is not only this slippery little fellow that will vanish but many, many other precious & rare jewels of the Magalies.
    The Magalies River, the nearby Bloubank, eventually join up & when the rains are enough, they run-off into Hartebeespoort dam – if you thought that the hyacinth issue & stench was bad, wait for the miners to start dumping effluent into these water systems.
    To find some answers, read Terry Crawford-Brown’s book “Eye of the Diamond” – this will knock your brains right out of your ears from today’s Zuma/ANC all the way back into the dark days of apartheid.

  3. Michael Cavanaugh

    A report that’s current, damning and confirming what the community of Magaliesburg has been saying ALL ALONG !!!

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