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Steenkampskraal now fully permitted for construction  

By: Simone Liedtke     18th December 2019 Rare earth mine Steenkampskraal has received its water license from the Department of Water and Sanitation, marking the last of the remaining permits that the mine required, As a result, Steenkampskraal is now fully permitted to start construction and production, Steenkampskraal chairperson... 

Hydropedology focus added to water use licence consideration

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th September 2019 Growing awareness around the importance of wetlands is prompting the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) to request specialist hydropedological studies from companies applying for water use licences under certain conditions. Hydropedology – the study of the interaction between soils and... 

Highveld polluters on the water department’s radar

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is planning to take “drastic measures” to ensure mines and other sectors of the economy take responsibility for any groundwater contamination caused by their operations. In a water status update on Wednesday, the department said the pollution of... 

Govt observes anniversary of Marikana tragedy

By: Simone Liedtke     16th August 2019 Government says it has, since the conclusion of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, made “great progress” in implementing the inquiry’s recommendations, among which has been to ensure that the South African Police Service strengthens its public order policing capacity. A statement issued by the... 

Work won’t start on next phase of Mokolo-Crocodile transfer scheme until EIA appeal finalised 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation has confirmed that work on the R12.3-billion Mokolo-Crocodile Water Augmentation Project Phase 2A (MCWAP-2A) project will not commence while there is an appeal against the project’s environmental impact assessment authorisation. In June, the Trans-Caledon... 

TCTA moves ahead with R12.3bn second phase of Mokolo-Crocodile water scheme 

By: Terence Creamer     19th June 2019 Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) announced on Wednesday that it had commenced with the implementation of the Mokolo-Crocodile Water Augmentation Project Phase 2A (MCWAP-2A) project, which is strongly associated with minerals and energy projects in the Limpopo province and is, thus, facing... 

SA water tariffs poised to mirror power price surge

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th June 2019 The historically low cost of water is soon to be a thing of the past as the water price trend tracks that seen in the electricity sector, in an attempt to better conserve this scarce, finite resource. Water prices are expected to soar as treated water supplies come under pressure, and with South... 

Unfolding environmental disaster

By: African News Agency      4th June 2019 A security company responsible for safeguarding a gold treatment plant belonging to Mintails on the West Rand withdrew last week, citing “financial constraints”. The evacuation, which follows the liquidation of the embattled mining company and its subsidiaries, has left the door wide open to... 

Industry generally welcomes Gwede Mantashe as Minerals and Energy Minister 

By: Simone Liedtke     30th May 2019 In a move that has, so far, generally been welcomed by the mining industry, President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Gwede Mantashe as the Mineral Resources and Energy Minister. This, law firm Herbert Smith Freehills director Patrick Leyden says, follows on the back of Mantashe having made... 

Case against Aurora directors postponed to July

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th May 2019 A court case against the directors of Aurora Empowerment Systems has been postponed to July 15 to allow the State to locate one of the accused, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse said on Tuesday. Aurora directors Khulubuse Zuma, Zondwa Mandela and Thulani Ngubane appeared in the Springs regional... 

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