Coal and Water Futures in South Africa
Cover of the Coal & Water Futures in South Africa report
WWF-SA has produced a report on our coal and water futures with an urgent call to government and the mining sector to change our approach to coal mining. The report, compiled in collaboration with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, is based on research and engagement with the South African mining and water sectors. It describes the current costs and impacts on water quality in the Olifants catchment – where coal mining has happened over the last 100 years. It also examines how prospecting is unfolding in the relatively pristine headwaters of the Upper Vaal, Thukela and Pongola, where critical water source areas are threatened by new mining.
WWF calls on government to act urgently to mitigate
, and monitor
the impacts of the mining sector in order to protect our valuable water resources.