Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Acid mine drainage a concern for the country

Lusanda Bill
27 November 2013

The Department of Water Affairs today said acid mine drainage is a big challenge that faces South Africa as a result of mining activities over more than 150 years. 

Government believes that there has been significant progress made towards addressing acid mine drainage and the impact it has on the environment and water resources, with socio-economic impacts. 

Director of Communications at the Department of Water Affairs Sputnik Ratau said in terms of the long-term feasibility study and solution towards a resolution of the AMD.  The study has been done and it has been finalised.

“The study has been given to the Department of Water Affairs where the final approvals are being looked into before it is then presented to the ministerial committee on acid mine drainage, and then finally to cabinet for approval and implementation” Ratau added.

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