Published by eljhbadmin at February 5, 2008
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.
Uranium is a by-product of gold mining which has taken place in the area for more than 100 years.
Read Sapa report in English here