Acid Mine Drainage in South Africa: Development Actors, by Suvania Naidoo

By Suvania Naidoo

This SpringerBrief makes a speciality of Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) within the 3 basins within the Witwatersrand, South Africa. It offers a historical past to AMD and its impactsfrom a social technological know-how perspective.The South African executive and non-governmental companies’ reaction to AMD is classed, to boot the socio-economic and developmental results of AMD. This quantity, that is in keeping with the author’s Master’s dissertation at UNISA, contains interviews with various specialists within the box from govt departments, environmental companies (activists), the non-public quarter (mining), tourism quarter and the rural region. The ebook discusses latest coverage records on AMD and offers ideas based on the various socio-economic affects that have now not been totally addressed. A literature assessment at the worldwide context of AMD is provided.

South Africa’s water platforms are already seriously harmed through weather swap, varied different types of pollutants, and poorly controlled sanitation structures. For those purposes, the rustic is changing into more and more water-stressed and hence, water will proceed to develop into a lot scarcer sooner or later. because of AMD’s endured effect on South Africa’s water platforms, as a technical or medical topic in addition to the coverage implications for the mining area, water defense and socio-economic sustainability has turn into a hugely contested issue.

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5 billion people around the world live in communities that lack proper sanitation. This can lead to the contamination of water used for drinking, bathing and washing clothes (Martin-Osuagwu 2010, p. 13). How to manage water is said to be ‘one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century’ (Cravidao and Matues 2003, p. 36). According to Cravidao and Matues (2003, p. 36): Today, water is a world heritage, and, as with other types of heritage, it has to be governed by an international culture. Because of scarcity, because of local conflicts it causes, because of its importance to public health worldwide, because of the environmental requalification and valorisation that it promotes and also because of its symbolic value.

Modern South African law in general also recognises that rehabilitative management of mines needs to continue after extractive operations have ended and that planning for the mine closure phase should always be in place. In the past, the ways in which mine pollution has been managed in South Africa was not adequate, and the continuous water problems are often due to the ongoing mining activities. e. pumping) by the mining companies ceases and the mines are closed. 1 The Significance of the Mining Industry The History of Mining and Mining Rights in South Africa Extensive literature exists on mining in South Africa (Handley 2004; Pogue 2006; Adler et al.

418). ). 4 The Significance of the Mining Industry 35 down as a result of ‘depletion of the finite resources found within them. With the abruption of mining activities, an ecological process has begun whereby water in these underground mines rises to its previous levels and comes into contact with sulphide minerals, thus becoming highly acidic. ). According to Hamilton (2011, p. 14) the gold-mining industry has made a major contribution to Johannesburg over a period of about 120 years, but in the process it ‘has left us with a looming environmental catastrophe – acid mine drainage’.

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