More about Mapungubwe National Park and what’s at risk from mining activities

On the northern border of Limpopo, the Mapungubwe National Park was declared a World Heritage Site in 2003. As a signatory to the World Heritage Convention, South Africa has agreed to protect the area for the benefit of all the people of the world. The area has a rich biodiversity.  Within the national park there are 26 species that are on the international Red List of plants that have a high risk of becoming extinct. Over 400 types of birds have been recorded, included Pel’s Fishing Owl and the Martial …

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Mining threatens Mapungubwe World Heritage site in South Africa

An Australian mining company, Coal of Africa Ltd, has started activities in a sensitive area without a water use license and with what many environmental experts consider to be an inadequate environmental management plan. There is also doubt about the extent to which expert input from interested and affected parties was considered during the Environmental Impact Assessment processes.  Many local communities object to the mine which is in an area in the north of South Africa near the Limpopo River that is special for: its high biodiversity  – South Africa, Zambia …

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“Shocking revelations” about radioactivity in Wonderfonteinspruit

Radioactive levels three times higher than the safe permissible level for human consumption have been found in vegetables grown in wetlands in the Wonderfonteinspruit area between Randfontein and Potchefstroom, Beeld newspaper reported on Saturday. The findings come from a report by the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) drawn up at the request of the National Nuclear Regulator some time back that has only now been released. Beeld also reported that large tracts of land in the area of the Wonderfonteinspruit were 150 times more radioactive than the permitted level. …

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