WWF urges responsible mining practice

2012-08-15 13:01 Economist Hugo Van Zyl has contributed to a report into the environmental cost of mining. (Duncan Alfreds, News24) Duncan Alfreds Cape Town – A report has found that South African mining companies have not made adequate provision for clean-up of operations following the closure of mines. The report, commissioned by environmental organisation the World Wide Fund for Nature, found that South African tax payers are likely to face a massive bill for the …

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Auditor General Report on rehabilitation of abandoned mines at the Department of Minerals and Energy

Hi everyone Another document uncovered by one of our landowners that is a worthwhile read for you all. According to this document: There are 5 906 officially listed abandoned mines in South Africa as of the end of May 2008. The majority of the 5 906 mines closed down prior to 2002 when the MPRD Act came into effect. It furthermore states that only 5 of the 5 906 abandoned mines have been rehabilitated thus …

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Acid Mine Drainage AMD – EIA: Public meetings to review the Draft Scoping Report

Dear Stakeholders We would like to remind you of the public meetings that will be taking place as part of the public review of the Draft Scoping Report for the EIA for the Immediate and Short Term Interventions to treat Acid Mine Drainage. As you have already been notified, the Draft Scoping Report is available for review until 7 August 2012. Public meetings are planned in this review period to discuss the content of the …

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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 …

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Petition for the Magaliesburg Biosphere Project

This is a petition which promotes the development of a biosphere in the Magaliesburg District. It is aimed at creating real employment for local people in the hospitality and tourism industry. This development is expected to be driven by local companies and disadvantaged communities many of which are foreign that seem to exploit the area without proof of real sustainability for local people. We need your support urgently as we have to meet a deadline. …

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Mariette Liefferink Addresses Parliament on Gauteng Waste Problems

2012-05-30 19:16 Source: http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Politics/MPs-uncover-Gauteng-waste-problem-20120530 Cape Town – It is unclear who is responsible for managing health-threatening radioactive and toxic mining waste outside Witwatersrand mine properties, MPs heard on Wednesday. “My plea is someone must regulate it,” Federation for a Sustainable Environment CEO Mariette Liefferink told members of Parliament’s environmental affairs portfolio committee. Earlier, she had asked MPs – who were hearing inputs on the National Waste Management Strategy – to urgently classify abandoned mining waste, …

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Statement from Birdlife South Africa – Securing Natural Resources

  Securing natural resources in the face of unsustainable development   Johannesburg, 22 May 2012. The increase in mining applications in certain parts of the country may be good news for certain sectors of the South African economy. More mines could mean economic growth, but other sectors, especially agriculture, tourism and biodiversity   , are facing the prospect of losing important natural resources. BirdLife South Africa recognises the link between extractive industries and economic growth …

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