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South Africa, gold mines continue poisoning communities

Nov 07, 2018Gold mines, even abandoned ones, are still poisoning thousands of people in South Africa due to high concentrations of heavy metals, radiation and contaminated water. Johannesburg, in South Africa was spawned by gold mining when the metal was discovered in the 1880s in the Witwatersrand goldfield,the world’s biggest, arching around the south and

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Radioactive mine waste pollution at Tudor Shaft informal

Radioactive mine waste pollution at Tudor Shaft informal settlement, Krugersdorp, South Africa Residents of Tudor Shaft, an informal settlement on top of an abandoned mine waste dump, have suffered from social, health, and environmental consequences for decades. [10] Globe and Mail. Inaction on waste condemns South Africa’s poor to life

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Radioactive city: how Johannesburg’s townships are paying

Jul 06, 2015Bench 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”.

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Modelling of Radiological Health Risks from Gold Mine

One of the greatest legacies of South Africa’s extensive mineral deposits has been its vast infrastructure and wealth. However, this has left another, more troubling, legacy of environmental contamination from the many years of mining.

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Baptism by toxic water: Mine waste, sewage threaten SA’s

Jul 14, 2019The dam is one of many water sources across South Africa of spiritual significance for communities, although researchers and scientists warn that contamination from nearby open mine sewage and

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Uranium pollution of South African streams An overview

effluent' from all 41 gold mines in South Africa of 2000 1/s was calculated, containing a (weighted) average U-concentration of 0.74 ppm3 (Pulles, 1991). Other studies into the radioactive pollution of discharged mine water include Funke (1990) and Wendel (1998). Bioac-cumulation of radionuclides in aquatic chains was

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The dangers of uranium mining Farmer's Weekly

Aug 31, 2016But 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 concentration in the fatty content of wool.

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International workshop Radiation Safetythe Mine Worker

uranium mines. Radiation from radon is a continuing concern in the gold mining industry, especially in South Africa. It is a significant concern also for coal miners in China and for underground miners in a number of countries in Africa and elsewhere. One of the world’s worst mining disasters from radiation exposure occurred in Canada.

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How mine dumps in South Africa affect the health of

May 02, 2018Mining is a major economic activity in many developing countries. In South Africa, mining of gold, coal and other natural resources has played a significant role in the country’s economy, with

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(PDF) Impacts of mining on water resources in South Africa

These problems are also emerging in Central and South America, and in Africa, around iron, copper, gold, and lithium mines (80)(81) (82) (83)(84). Acid mine drainage is

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impact of mining activities in South Africa S. Chevrel

South Africa, a major mining country, suffers dramatic environmental problems related to mining activities, particularly soil water pollution by sediments and water from the gold Airbome-radiometric image of the U/Th ratio showing radioactive contamination sources (tailings dams) and contaminated surroundings and downstream wetlands.

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Baptism by toxic water: Mine waste, sewage threaten SA’s

Jul 14, 2019The dam is one of many water sources across South Africa of spiritual significance for communities, although researchers and scientists warn that contamination from nearby open mine sewage and

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(PDF) Impacts of mining on water resources in South Africa

These problems are also emerging in Central and South America, and in Africa, around iron, copper, gold, and lithium mines (80)(81) (82) (83)(84). Acid mine drainage is

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The Wake of South Africa's Abandoned Gold Mines

Aug 20, 2018Last Updated on Aug 20, 2018. We have been covering Mining issues in South Africa extensively for the past 17 years but no subject on the matter is of greater importance than the absolute plethora of Abandoned Mines in South Africa and the devastation of Acid Mine Drainage pollution that is left in the wake.

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Decommissioning Projects South Africa

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,by Frank Winde, in: Proceedings, International Mine Water Conference, 19-23 Oct. 2009, Pretoria, South Africa, p.772-781 (180k PDF)

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Revealed: Four areas in South Africa "at risk" of

South Africa– Blue Sky Publications (Pty) Ltd T/A TheSouthAfrican Number: 2005/028472/07. Address: Regus Business Centre 1st Floor, Block B, North Park, Black River Park, 2 Fir Street

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International workshop Radiation Safetythe Mine Worker

uranium mines. Radiation from radon is a continuing concern in the gold mining industry, especially in South Africa. It is a significant concern also for coal miners in China and for underground miners in a number of countries in Africa and elsewhere. One of the world’s worst mining disasters from radiation exposure occurred in Canada.

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South Africa: Paying the Price for Mining allAfrica

A second source of pollution is runoff and wind-eroded particles from slime dams soil residue from within the mines that often contains radioactive elements and heavy metals.

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Radioactive JHB Townships Paying for Mining Legacy

Aug 18, 2018Radioactive 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.

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South Africa's acid mine water pollution risks lives

Mar 21, 2017South Africa has failed to address the massive environmental and health effects of more than 130 years of mining in and around Johannesburg. to radiation, contaminated dust and water that can

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AngloGold mine charged with radioactive contamination FAIR

Jan 14, 2013Radioactive 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.

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Nuclear Power in South Africa South African Nuclear

Uranium production in South Africa has generally been a by-product of gold or copper mining. In 1951, a company was formed to exploit the uranium-rich slurries from gold mining and in 1967 this function was taken over by Nuclear Fuels Corporation of South Africa (Nufcor), which in 1998 became a subsidiary of AngloGold Ltd, now Anglo Gold Ashanti.

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Radioactivity of mine water from a gold mine in South Africa

Gold mining in South Africa has occurred for over 100 years in the Witwatersrand goldfields. The associated geology contains 3% pyrite (FeS2) together with radioactive

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Big increase in mine water pollution The MailGuardian

May 17, 2019New statistics released in Parliament show that 118 mines around South Africa are polluting rivers, inadequately testing for contamination or otherwise dirtying South Africa

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International workshop Radiation Safetythe Mine Worker

uranium mines. Radiation from radon is a continuing concern in the gold mining industry, especially in South Africa. It is a significant concern also for coal miners in China and for underground miners in a number of countries in Africa and elsewhere. One of the world’s worst mining disasters from radiation exposure occurred in Canada.

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Radioactivity of mine water from a gold mine in South Africa

Gold mining in South Africa has occurred for over 100 years in the Witwatersrand goldfields. The associated geology contains 3% pyrite (FeS2) together with radioactive

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Tailings Wikipedia

Tailings are the materials left over after the process of separating the valuable fraction from the uneconomic fraction of an ore.Tailings are distinct from overburden, which is the waste rock or other material that overlies an ore or mineral body and is displaced during mining without being processed.. The extraction of minerals from ore can be done two ways: placer mining, which

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Big increase in mine water pollution The MailGuardian

May 17, 2019New statistics released in Parliament show that 118 mines around South Africa are polluting rivers, inadequately testing for contamination or otherwise dirtying South Africa

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Nuclear Power in South Africa South African Nuclear

Uranium production in South Africa has generally been a by-product of gold or copper mining. In 1951, a company was formed to exploit the uranium-rich slurries from gold mining and in 1967 this function was taken over by Nuclear Fuels Corporation of South Africa (Nufcor), which in 1998 became a subsidiary of AngloGold Ltd, now Anglo Gold Ashanti.

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Radioactive JHB Townships Paying for Mining Legacy

Aug 18, 2018Radioactive 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.

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South Africa's acid mine water pollution risks lives

Mar 21, 2017South Africa has failed to address the massive environmental and health effects of more than 130 years of mining in and around Johannesburg. to radiation, contaminated dust and water that can

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AngloGold mine charged with radioactive contamination FAIR

Jan 14, 2013Radioactive 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.

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Gauteng’s mine dumps brimming with radioactive uranium

Oct 15, 2015The 400km 2 of bright yellow mine dumps scattered around the province are laden with 600,000 tons of the radioactive heavy metal uranium, inadvertently excavated through gold mining processes over the last century. “Gold and uranium occur in the same geological environment and with gold mining, uranium is often also brought to the surface,” explains

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South African Perspective for Radon in Dwellings and the

• More than 100 years of gold mining in South Africa • Radioactivity contamination of land during early years of mining due to lack of regulatory control • Continuous deposition of radioactive dust from Tailings Storage Facilities (TSFs) • Tailings material run-off onto land occupied by the public 10

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South African Coal Mines Pollute Water Supply, Group Sa...

Jul 03, 2019“The pollution of South Africa’s precious water resources occurs on a particularly egregious scale in areas with high levels of mining activity,” according to the report.

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Uranium Free South Africa: Radioactive ruin

Aug 10, 2007South Africa’s uranium reserves will make a few individuals rich and the majority of South Africans poorer — through radioactive pollution. When uranium mines that are planned for Beaufort West, Klerksdorp and the Magaliesberg farming regions leach into dams and water systems, agricultural produce and animals will begin to die off.

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Uranium mining Wikipedia

Uranium mining is the process of extraction of uranium ore from the ground. The worldwide production of uranium in 2019 amounted to 53,656 tonnes. Kazakhstan, Canada, and Australia were the top three producers and together account for 68% of world uranium production. Other important uranium producing countries in excess of 1,000 tonnes per year were Namibia,

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Radioactive farming Farmer's Weekly

Mar 03, 2008Today, toxic mine-water seepages and radioactive contamination have made living around mining operations potentially deadly. Cornelia du Plooy reports on how farmers are taking the news that traces of radioactive contamination were found in farm produce irrigated from the Wonderfonteinspruit close to Potchefstroom.

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