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Follow-up on SA own Chernobil disaster
by Julius Klokow
07 September 2010
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You will perhaps remember that I reported on a episode of Carte Blanche that was screened on 1 August 2010 with regard to a fear of underground water that would overflow basements and parts of Gauteng during July 2011 because of mining activities in the area? You can find the report under "Environmental" if you cannot recall it.

Last night it was reported in the media that the Minister of Water Affairs has appointed a committee to look into the issue. It was reported that the acid water are rising under ground by 34 centimeters per day but that we still have no disaster to fear because the problem is under control. The committee has to provide a report to the minister within six weeks on the issue.

The department is still trying to get hold of the companies that was granted mining licenses as far back as the 1880's but have since closed down their mines. These companies may perhaps also not be held accountable for the problems now because there were no such acts during the time when their mining licenses were granted.

The Department of Water Affairs decided to look into the issue because of reports of concern in the media.

Acid water are already spilling into river systems and contaminating bore holes used for irrigation and drinking water purposes; which is a great disaster itself already.

It seems like someone has wakened up... Hope it is not to late already!



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