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Acid water damaging environment

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Mine. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News


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Acidic water is affecting the Vaal and <?xml:namespace prefix="st1"?><place w:st="on">Crocodile river systems, killing wildlife and destroying vegetation.

The process occurs as water moves through and over the surface of acid-bearing rock, which has been exposed through mining activities.

Mines and the government have agreed on water collection and conveyance to a central point.

However, the issue is further complicated by the fact that some mines are no longer operational or do not have owners.

The government has indicated that it will step in as it is its responsibility to protect the public.

In the mean time a feasibility study will be conducted to stop the scourge.