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

By Suvania Naidoo

This SpringerBrief specializes in Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) within the 3 basins within the Witwatersrand, South Africa. It presents a history to AMD and its impactsfrom a social technological know-how perspective.The South African govt and non-governmental businesses’ reaction to AMD is classified, in addition the socio-economic and developmental results of AMD. This quantity, that's in keeping with the author’s Master’s dissertation at UNISA, contains interviews with a number of specialists within the box from govt departments, environmental businesses (activists), the non-public area (mining), tourism zone and the rural region. The e-book discusses present coverage files on AMD and offers innovations based on the various socio-economic affects that have now not been absolutely addressed. A literature assessment at the international context of AMD is provided.

South Africa’s water platforms are already critically harmed by means of weather swap, diverse sorts of toxins, and poorly controlled sanitation structures. For those purposes, the rustic is changing into more and more water-stressed and as a result, water will proceed to turn into a lot scarcer sooner or later. due to AMD’s persisted impression on South Africa’s water platforms, as a technical or clinical subject in addition to the coverage implications for the mining region, water safeguard and socio-economic sustainability has develop into a hugely contested issue.

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Accessed February 24, 2012. Centre for Environmental Rights (CER). (2013). When mines break environmental laws. The Federation for a Sustainable Environment website. za/index. php/affiliates/item/181-when-mines-break-environmental-laws. Accessed April 20, 2013. Chamber of Mines of South Africa. (2010). Mining: An in depth discussion of mining issues in South Africa (2010 Nov/Dec Issue). Cape Town: Nelida Publishing. pdf. Accessed March 25, 2013. , & de Coning, C. ). (2006). ). Pretoria: Van Schaik.

1). It is now widely assumed that AMD is responsible for the most costly environmental and socio-economic impacts. The pollution caused by gold-mining waste is illustrated by the developments in the West Rand area where decanting from gold mines started in 2002. The West Rand case demonstrates some of the technical, socio-economic and governance challenges faced by the industry and regulators in managing the negative impacts that arise from mine waste (Oelofse et al. 2007, p. 1). In addition to scholarly publications, government departments and NGOs involved with AMD also publish official documents or comments and reports in the media and on the social networks.

417). Pollution occurs in both surface and groundwater and is a serious environmental issue that coal and gold mines must deal with (Hobbs et al. 2008, p. 417). ‘As a consequence AMD from ownerless coal mines in the catchment creates tremendous long-term environmental liabilities for government’ (Hobbs et al. 2008, p. 417). However, what is evident is that the private industry ‘applying technological innovation to manage AMD plays a vital role in the prevention of environmental and socio-economic degradation through its contribution to sustainable mine water management.

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