ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES - Pollution in Mpumalanga

Environmental issue/project: Pollution in Mpumalanga
Date: 30-03-2010

Name of person reporting: Peter Arderne
Email address: mwardern@mweb.co.za
Phone: 083 4577478

Description of issue:
Application for a mining licence licence by William Bower (WPB Colliery) for an open cast coal mine to the north of Belfast on the farms Groenvlei and Lakenvlei. Major threat to the water quality in the upper Elands River and Lakenvleispruit, the flyfishing/tourism industry, agriculture and other downstream users. Also to the unique and threatened fauna and flora of the area.

Current Issues:

  1. Prospecting for diamonds on the border of the Greater Lakenvlei Protected Environment -Dullstroom
  2. Court Case regarding proposed amendments to the Alien & Invasive Lists & Regulations
  3. Massive pollution of the Vaal River Barrage and downstream
  4. Trout translocation project in the Western Cape by FOSAF and the CPS.
  5. Clanwilliam sandfish in trouble
  6. Fish lose sense of smell in polluted waters
  7. New fish disease (EUS) widespread in Southern Africa
  8. Proposed amendment to Coastal Management Act
  9. Update on the NEM:BA AIS Regulations
  10. William Bower open cast coal mine - near Dullstroom