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Seminar on Acid Mine Drainage at IFAT Africa, 12 September 2017

26.09.17 AHK Süd-Afrika - News-Hauptkategorie

The Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted a seminar on Acid Mine Drainage at the IFAT Africa trade fair in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 12 September 2017.

The mining industry in South Africa faces a number of challenges regarding the use, recycling and management of their water resources. One of these challenges, Acid Mine Drainage (AMD), has been a reality and a challenge for quite some time and has been prevalent in South African mines and tailing operations especially on the Witwatersrand.

A number of initiatives have been put in place to address the challenge, with the enormity of the task taking many by surprise. At this seminar, stakeholders within the industry informed the audience on the latest developments and actions taken in solving the AMD challenge.

Mr Christian Gevers, Project Manager at the Southern African-German Chamber gave a brief overview of the services and projects the Chamber renders, with special focus on the projects of the Competence Centre Mineral Resources. He was followed by Mr Bashan Govender, Chief Directorate, Mine Water Management at the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation, who informed the audience on how the treatment of mine water can improve water security with reference to the Eastern Basin Acid Mine Drainage Treatment Plant. Ms Vicki Shaw, Programme Manager at the Mine Water Coordinating Body (MWCB), gave an overview of the challenges of AMD in the South African coal mining industry. Mr Richard Holden, Business Analyst at Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority, concluded the presentation part of the seminar with an explanation on why an integrated approach is necessary to resolving current mining and mining legacy issues.

The seminar was moderated by Mr Richard Garner, Director and Consultant - Garner Sustainability Consulting Services (Pty). The presentations were followed by a question and answer session where the attendees could ask questions to the different speakers.