Fedusa: Govt not serious about acid water

Fedusa: Govt not serious about acid water

2011-09-12 17:49

Johannesburg - The Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) on Monday accused the government of not taking acid mine drainage seriously.

"How can citizens believe their government is taking global issues of climate change... seriously when they cannot even address the imminent water crisis waiting to explode on their doorstep?" asked Fedusa spokesperson André Venter.

Venter said no government representatives had turned up at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) on Monday for a scheduled meeting about acid mine drainage.

Nedlac is the main negotiating forum for business, labour and government.

Those in attendance instructed Nedlac to write an urgent letter to Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe about the government's non-attendance.

Present at the meeting were Fedusa, the Congress of SA Trade Unions, the SA Local Government Association, the SA Association of Water Utilities and the Chamber of Mines

"When one is faced with these examples of apathy and indifference, where does government expect to draw the political will to effect real change at the upcoming Conference of the Parties (COP) 17 in Durban later this year?" asked Venter.

The government had set aside R225m to deal with acid mine drainage on the Witwatersrand, which was far short of what was needed to tackle the problem adequately, he said.

Venter said urgent action was needed in the western basin of the Witwatersrand gold fields area.

Acid mine water was already decanting to the surface and filtering into the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.

If no action was taken to deal with acid mine water in the central Witwatersrand basin, it would decant into the Boksburg area by as early as March 2013, he said.

  • letsee - 2011-09-12 18:42

    The government is never concerned with its people's health because it does not know how to govern but the guys know about traveling.

  • Wow! - 2011-09-12 18:46

    This government is serious about NOTHING but self enrichment. One of the most beautiful countries in the world with so much potential for all it's people is headed downhill.

  • Verdade - 2011-09-12 19:05

    Nothing new.... Just the way they operate, more concerned taking bribes and filling their obese stomachs!

  • Diego Singer - 2011-09-12 19:36

    Good day I had take many photos on Thursday 8/9/2011 while inspecting the wetlands next to the power plants in Isando together with Ms. Phyllis Maphakela of the DWA , while looking for a Toxic Slurry spill from Granite Factories we found a massive black oil spill so it became our first objective to stop that oil spill from keep on leaking into the wet lands and keep on polluting the underground water of Johannesburg ; That company that recycle oil is letting the very dirty oil spill out of control , they should get a heavy fine and should be responsible to remove all the ground that is now full of oil and rehabilitate the area , as the photo show at the top left the cooling towers of the power station in Isando. So the pollution is in the centre of Edenvale - Isando area . I will go next week on Thursday to see if anything had change you are welcome to contact me any time at 0760836327 , so I could show you where the place any time; If you could see in the photos that the situation is bad were the wet lands are becoming "Waist Lands" . Please let this polluting situation that is happening , to be know by everyone, The acid water is not the only pollution happening , we have companies like this one spilling very dirty oil into the wetlands , then we have so many Granite Factories Spilling Toxic Slurry on the ground and into the storms drains that is the excess of waste from the machines that cut blocks of granite. I have many photos showing exactly this happening. :Diego

  • Woofix - 2011-09-12 19:37

    Any person with a minimum of strd six knowledge of geography will see that this is really a major problem wich needs priority attention. So if the Dept. didn't have the solutions at hand they can only give the problem-solving to the geoligical boffins, giving the stamp of approval with the neccessary funds available and the things will happened. So what is their uphold for??

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