There are more than 110 coal mine pit lakes in South Africa, at both active and closed/abandoned mines says GCS Water and Environmental Consultants.
In order to keep up with the moving target of environmental legislation, the South African mining industry needs to keep their pencils sharp.
Mining coal and burning it in power stations uses large amounts of water, and pollutes even more of the precious resource.
On 19 June 2018,revised National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Bill, version "B" was tabled. The requirements to provide for financial provisioning for rehabilitation, apply only to applicants for environmental authorisations operating in the mining and oil and gas industries.
Wits University's Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry has joined forces with the Wits Mining Institute to take forward the university’s research and development for 21st century mining.
The Department of Water and Sanitation and the Minerals Council South Africa have successfully reached a significant milestone in a collaborative exercise on water conservation and water demand management aimed at driving water saving and usage improvements in the mining industry.