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Focus on hygiene can contribute to health, safety

21st January 2022 Owing to high safety risks, mining is considered one of the most hazardous industries and, compared to 2020, South Africa, which has some of the deepest and oldest mines in the world, has already seen a 33% increase in mine deaths in the first half of 2021. This regression in safety has... 

Data monitoring tool for uMhlathuze catchment launched

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st January 2022 As the uMhlathuze Water Stewardship Partnership (Uwasp), focused on the Mhlathuze river catchment on the north-east coast of KwaZulu-Natal, about 180 km north of Durban, celebrates its fifth year, the development of a complementary, transformative catchmentwide monitoring tool is under way.... 

DFFE deploys environmental inspectors to investigate KZN mine slurry river pollution

By: Schalk Burger     14th January 2022 The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) has deployed a team of environmental management inspectors to assist in an investigation into a slurry dam burst in KwaZulu-Natal on December 24, which resulted in tailings material flowing into nearby rivers and onto nearby land.... 

28 ablution blocks built for Zululand Communities 

11th January 2022 ZAC presents new, permanent ablution facilities to communities of Zululand.  Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC), a Menar Group Company, has built and handed over 28 ablution units to rural communities located in the Zululand District Municipality of KwaZulu-Natal. The units are located in the... 

ZAC instructed to expand water sampling following slurry material spill into river

By: Yvonne Silaule     7th January 2022 The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, EDTEA, has instructed Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC), to expand its water monitoring sampling points beyond the initial four areas that it had identified. EDTEA MEC Ravi Pillay on January 6 said this was... 

Constitutional Court prevents coal mine from starting up

10th December 2021 A coalition of eight civil society organisations represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) welcomed the Constitutional Court’s decision last month to dismiss coal mining company Uthaka Energy’s leave to appeal a 2021 High Court interdict, effectively preventing the company from... 

South Africa, Cuba extend water-sector cooperation

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th December 2021 South Africa and Cuba have signed an agreement for cooperation in water resources management and water supply. Signed during the fifth session of the South Africa–Cuba joint steering committee held in Pretoria on November 25, the agreement ensures the continuity of the cooperation on water and... 

New initiative to ensure Cape Town has adequate water

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd December 2021 A new partnership has been launched to help Cape Town become more water secure amid the threat of future droughts brought on by climate change. The Table Mountain Water Source Partnership was launched on November 15 at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. 

Glencore sets ‘just transition’ from coal in promising motion with wheat pilot project  

By: Martin Creamer     18th November 2021 Glencore has set the ‘just transition’ in promising motion with a highly successful winter wheat pilot project in Mpumalanga, South Africa’s province of coal mining and coal-fired power generation. The programme, which began in April, has been described as being hugely successful in demonstrating... 

Consulting engineers influential in mining success

By: Anna Moross     12th November 2021 Consulting engineers play an important role throughout the mining process, from the exploration phase to the construction and operation of the mine, says Consulting Engineers South Africa CEO Christopher Campbell.  

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