Gauteng MEC calls for more research on impact of gold mining

Riverlea residents have been complaining about the abandoned mine dump that towers over their homes.

Miners at work in a shaft. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Jacob Mamabolo says more research needs to be conducted on gold mining and the impact it has on communities.

Mamabolo has visited Riverlea in the south of Johannesburg on Thursday.

Residents there have been complaining for several years now about the abandoned mine dump that towers over their homes and poses a threat to their health.

Mamabolo says Riverlea is one of many towns affected by this problem adding that a multi-disciplinary process is needed to address the negative impact of mining.

“Children and women exposed to all sorts of diseases as a result of the negative impact of mining activities in the area.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)