20 August 2010 at 8:56 am
SAPA – Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica has been mandated to urgently convene a special task team to investigate acid mine water drainage in some provinces.
Government spokesman Themba Maseko said yesterday the task team would develop a clear, co-ordinated strategy to deal with the matter.
The cabinet was concerned about reports of acid water build-up in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, North West and the Free State, he said. The reports suggest this drainage was a result of mining activities and could result in serious health and economic risks for the provinces and the country. – Sapa