Radioactive city: how Johannesburg's townships are paying ...

Bench Marks does not currently have a Geiger counter, but even the Chamber of Mines of South Africa admits that radioactive contamination is a "major problem". Five years ago, the government identified 36 "priority areas" affected by radioactive acid mine drainage for remediation.

South Africa's Gold Mines: Radiation Sickness and Lead and ...

Feb 18, 2019· Toxic City: The Cost of Gold Mining in South Africa Al Jazeera (2019) Film Review This documentary exposes the high level of uranium and heavy metal contamination in South African townships adjacent to giant gold mining slag heaps. South Africa's mountains of toxic waste have been building up for decades - their gold mines produced…

AngloGold mine charged with radioactive contamination | FAIR

Jan 14, 2013· Radioactive contamination. Liefferink said the water is spilling in an area of dolomitic rock, which affects the groundwater, and with the mine being some seven kilometres from the Vaal River this poses a severe health risk. Liefferink pointed out that cattle grazing in the area are also dying from the radioactive contamination.

Radioactive JHB Townships Paying for Mining Legacy

Jul 16, 2015· Radioactive JHB Townships Paying for Mining Legacy. Bench Marks does not currently have a Geiger counter, but even the Chamber of Mines of South Africa admits that radioactive contamination is a "major problem". Enviro Editor Note: NOBODY has an excuse NOT to own a Geiger Counter, especially not those actively involved in this research.

Uranium pollution of South African streams – An overview ...

Uranium pollution of South African streams – An overview of the situation in gold mining areas of the Witwatersrand F. Winde1,2 & L. A. Sandham1,3 1School of Environmental Sciences and ...

Water Pollution in South Africa and it's Public Health Impact

The water pollution in South Africa has affected water quality and impacted negatively on public health and functioning of ecosystems including the rising cost of water treatment. The report suggests that the primary sources of water pollution are untreated or partially treated effluents from municipal, industrial and mining wastewater discharges.

Uranium Pollution of Water Resources in Mined-Out and ...

URANIUM POLLUTION OF WATER RESOURCES IN MINED-OUT AND ACTIVE GOLDFIELDS OF SOUTH AFRICA - A CASE STUDY IN THE WONDERFONTEINSPRUIT CATCHMENT ON EXTENT AND SOURCES OF U-CONTAMINATION AND ASSOCIATED HEALTH RISKS . FRANK WINDE . North-West University, School of Environmental Sciences and Development, Private Bag X6001,

The dangers of uranium mining | Farmer's Weekly

Aug 31, 2016· But it is the grazing animals that would be the first to be affected by the loss of vegetation as well as the radioactive dust and water pollution from the mines. Epidemiological research from South Africa and elsewhere shows that radioactive substances are enriched in the liver and kidneys of grazing animals, and also show up in great ...

Uranium mining - Wikipedia

Uranium mining is the process of extraction of uranium ore from the ground. The worldwide production of uranium in 2015 amounted to 60,496 tonnes. Kazakhstan, Canada, and Australia are the top three producers and together account for 70% of world uranium production. Other important uranium producing countries in excess of 1,000 tons per year are Niger, Russia, Namibia, Uzbekistan, China, the ...

Africa Mining vs Environment: "South Africa has failed to ...

Oct 13, 2016· Pollution of ground and surface water from acid mine drainage and contaminated dust and soil from mine dumps have exposed South Africans living close to the mines and on the waste dumps to high concentrations of heavy metals and radiation. (image courtesy of Environment News South Africa)

South Africa hasn't protected residents from gold mine ...

South Africa has failed to protect residents affected by pollution from contaminated water and mine dumps over more than 130 years of gold mining near Johannesburg, an independent investigation by ...

Uranium Free South Africa

Uranium mining around South Africa places many communities in harms way. 120 years of Gold Mining has left many environmental disasters which to this day have not been cleaned up. Stop Uranium Mining and Enrichment Plans in South Africa

Decommissioning Projects - South Africa - Uranium

Sep 08, 2017· Toxic and radioactive mine water poses health nightmare for up to 1000 residents in informal settlements near Johannesburg Greenbelts, dams, wetlands and a canal that hundreds of people in an informal settlement use for washing, have been identified as radioactive or toxic - within 100km of South Africa's biggest city.

NUCLEAR-RISKS | Witwatersrand

Radioactive tailings and contaminated water are not just detrimental for the ecosystem in the region, but also represent a grave public health problem. At the same time, South Africa's nuclear industry is a good example of the intangible connection between civil and military nuclear programs and the inherent proliferation risk of nuclear energy.

South Africa, gold mines continue poisoning communities ...

Gold mines, even abandoned ones, are still poisoning thousands of people in South Africa due to high concentrations of heavy metals, radiation and contaminated water. South Africa, gold mines continue poisoning communities

South Africa has failed to protect locals from gold mine ...

Oct 12, 2016· South Africa has failed to address the adverse environmental and health effects of more than 130 years of gold mining in and around Johannesburg, a …

South Africa's acid mine water pollution risks lives ...

South Africa's acid mine water pollution risks lives. ... Individuals are exposed to radiation, contaminated dust and water that can contribute to life threatening health conditions like TB and ...

How mine dumps in South Africa affect the health of ...

May 02, 2018· Mining is a major economic activity in many developing countries. In South Africa, mining of gold, coal and other natural resources has played a …

South Africa mines polluting water supply 2011 News - YouTube

Nov 04, 2013· South Africa mines polluting water supply 2011 News ... Locals say the water is contaminated with radioactive minerals used in the mining process and has wiped out all aquatic life in a nearby ...

Fighting Radioactive Contamination in Africa | Jonathan M ...

Dec 18, 2015· Fighting Radioactive Contamination in Africa Friday, December 18, 2015 At a recent conference Prof. Doug Brugge, a leader of Tisch College's community-based research efforts, continued to sound the alarm about dangerous pollution from uranium mining in Africa.

Nuclear-contaminated sites in Africa: Shinkolobwe: Katanga

Nuclear-contaminated sites in Africa: Shinkolobwe: Katanga The old Shinkolobwe uranium/cobalt mine in the Congo is not on the map as a 'nuclear-accident' site. However due to extensive illegal mining, an IAEA team already concluded in 2004 that the entire site was severely contaminated and should be collapsed.

Acid Mine Drainage, South Africa | EJAtlas

Acid Mine Drainage, South Africa. ... Parts of the West Rand contain radioactive lakes, contamination of lakes in the Krugersdorp Game Reserve have resulted in animals going blind. There is a danger that the acid mine drainage will hamper efforts to protect the fossil record in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site. Foundations of ...

South Africa has failed to protect locals from gold mine ...

South Africa has failed to address the adverse environmental and health effects of more than 130 years of gold mining in and around Johannesburg, a new report from Harvard Law School shows.

Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) South Africa

Feb 25, 2011· Acid mine drainage (AMD) is the flow, or seepage, of polluted water from old mining areas. Depending on the area, the water may contain toxic heavy metals and radioactive particles. These are dangerous for people's health, as well as plants and animals.

Uranium Free South Africa: Toxic Water - WonderfonteinSpruit

Aug 06, 2007· Dr Francois Durand (Zoologist): "Half the people of South Africa live in Gauteng and we are right here on a nuclear waste site." Dr Francois Durand is a zoologist at the University of Johannesburg. He has been looking at the impact of the contaminated water of gold mining …

South Africa – where climate change may trigger a toxic ...

Nov 26, 2011· The city has been the centre of the giant South African mining industry since gold was found there in 1880, and it is surrounded by more than 400 …

How to optimize the solution to pollution by uranium mining

Pollution by uranium due to leaching from mining sites is a less discussed but very relevant topic, able to affect many thousands of people. Such conditions are generally hard to detect, then an adequate treatment does not occur very often.

South Africa: Radioactive Water, the Price of Gold ...

Dec 03, 2007· Large gold-mining companies operating to the west of South Africa's commercial centre, Johannesburg, stand accused of contaminating a number of water sources with radioactive pollutants.