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Threats and opportunities for post-closure development in dolomitic gold-mining areas of the West Rand and Far West Rand (South Africa) – a hydraulic

Author: Frank Winde, E.J. Stoch
Organisation: North West University, Potchefstroom
Publish Date: 2010
Country: South Africa
Sector: Mining
Method: Creative thinking
Theme: Finance
Type: Article
Language: English
Tags: Mining industry, Post-mining development, Groundwater storage and harvesting, Sub-terranean hydro-energy generation, Tourism, Wasteland transformation, Uranium industry, Research opportunities
Largely dependent on gold mines for their economic survival, many mining towns in the Far West Rand fear the effects of the inevitable impact of mine closure, not only on the economy but also on social stability. Large scale environmental degradation in the form of sinkholes and widespread radioactive pollution exacerbate such fears. Based on an analysis of mining impacts and potential threats of post-mining developments, this article aims to stimulate thought, through the discussion of potential opportunities centred on the rich water resources of the area.
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