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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: E.J. Stoch, Frank Winde
Organisation: North West University, Potchefstroom
Publish Date: 2010
Country: South Africa
Sector: Mining
Method: Creative thinking
Theme: Finance
Type: Article
Tags: Gold mining, Dolomitic compartments, Dewatering, Farming, Post-mining developments, Hydraulics, History

This paper presents examples from a gold mining area in the Far West Rand (South Africa) illustrating the variance between predicted scenarios and reality. The facts are embedded in a historical recount of events crucial for the design and approval of mine-closure plans, as well as post-mining development. It is argued that historical arrangements and data need to be understood and preserved in order to avoid the repetition of (costly) mistakes made in the Far West Rand. Owing to the pivotal role of water in the semi-arid area and the fact that some of the most important groundwater resources of South Africa were impacted on by deep-level mining this paper in 3 parts adopted a largely hydraulic perspective. The loss of ‘institutional memory’ and local expertise has been identified as the main threat to planning.
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