“My doctor told me my lungs look like a man who has worked underground in the mines for 30 years”, says the out-of breath Smit of the progressive lung disease that first started shrinking her lungs five years ago. “But I’ve never worked on a mine. I’ve never smoked a day in my life and neither has my husband.”

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On Monday, 27th September the Environment and Conservation Association convened a group of concerned community leaders, who met in Boksburg and constituted a new organization, called Clean Water Foundation. C.W.F.’s aim is a national, independently constituted organisation whose aim it is to provide a comprehensive service in respect of responding to the escalating national water crisis in South Africa.

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Uranium exposure from mining operations, fly-ash from coal-fired thermal plants and other activities poses a real threat to unborn foetuses, children and pregnant woman. Many adults struggle with significant health challenges as a result of exposure to uranium.

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Note from the editor of New Solutions: The Drawing Board: In the spirit of international solidarity, The Drawing Board has begun featuring articles from activists, researchers, and workers from around the world. It is our belief that we [...]

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The water on the Left is AMD, flowing directly, untreated into the hippodam in the Krugersdorp Game Reserve – not the bright yellow colour of the iron and uranium in the water. The water on the Right side on the photo, is a fawn-coloured brown – this water is water treated with a buffering medium – calcium carbonate – the pH of the water on the Left is 2.6 and on the right as high as 9 – 10. Rand Uranium concedes that they can’t get the pH corrected. They manage to raise the pH further upstream, but by the time the two streams merge, the pH is totally out of control again!

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