19 August 2015
By Paul Vecchiatto
Many of them located close to urban areas, putting people’s health at risk.
Closing South Africa’s owner-less and derelict mines and draining polluted water from the operations could cost almost R60 billion ($6.6 billion), government departments said.
The cost to close and make the mines safe was estimated at R45.1 billion, and a further R2 billion for old asbestos pits, according to a study by the Department of Mineral Resources and the Council for Geoscience. Cleaning up toxic water leaking from mines, known as acid-mine drainage, would cost about R10 billion, Marius Keets, chief director at the Department of Water Affairs, told lawmakers in Cape Town on Wednesday.
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