A couple of readers have asked why I did not blog about the cyanide spill into the Ngagane River (Newcastle, KZN, South Africa). My only response is that I am still entirely flabbergasted as to how it can be that a cyanide plant has an overflow system that can reach a river at all – what were Water Affairs thinking when they approved this? Surely any spills of such a dangerous chemical should be contained ENTIRELY on-site – irrespective of how the spill occurs?
I see from a DWA press release today that the effects of acid mine drainage have appeared in the tap water in Carolina (Mpumalanga Province) – and this via the local dam. Apparently the problem arose last month, which makes the press release a tad late.
The water quality problems are coming closer and closer!