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Desalination the way to go in water-scarce South Africa 

By: Kim Cloete     5th June 2017 With South Africa facing even more dire water shortages than expected, the need for desalination is vital and should be at the forefront of government plans, according to local water expert and University of the Free State professor Dr Anthony Turton. “Desalination is a critical component. It is... 

Amplats pilots fuel cell rural electrification microgrid 

     9th November 2016 Anglo American Platinum has piloted the electrification of 34 households using a methanol-based fuel cell microgrid over the past 28 months. It will decommission the field trial next month. 

Acid mine water quick-fix possible as water deficit looms, Oppenheimer, De Beers told 

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2016 Water-constrained Gauteng may see an acid mine drainage (AMD) quick-fix in order to save the fresh water from the Lesotho Highlands Water Project from being wasted on AMD dilution instead of being available to the economy, environmental adviser Dr Anthony Turton said on Wednesday. Delivering the... 

South Africa struggling to manage the water crisis – Turton 

By: Anine Kilian     27th July 2016 Albeit a water-strained country, South Africa has one of the most diverse economies in the world for the ecosystem in which it is embedded, according to University of the Free State professor and water expert Dr Anthony Turton. Speaking at the ninth yearly Green Building Conference in Sandton,... 

Inside government’s War on Leaks project as water worries rise

By: Zandile Mavuso     20th November 2015 South Africa is significantly affected not only by the current drought but also water losses that have been costing the country more than R7-billion a year, which equates to 37% of nonrevenue water. Of this, a quarter is considered to be losses through physical leaks. The War on Leaks project,... 

Inside government’s War on Leaks project as water worries rise

By: Zandile Mavuso     20th November 2015 South Africa is significantly affected not only by the current drought but also water losses that have been costing the country more than R7-billion a year, which translates to 37% of nonrevenue water being lost. Of this, a quarter is considered to be losses through physical leaks. 

Business urged to pay attention to South Africa’s water risks, opportunities 

By: Zandile Mavuso     9th October 2015 Water is a crucial driver of the South African and world economy and, with demand exceeding supply globally, the World Economic Forum has ranked water as the third-most worrying global risk. As a consequence, water preservation – ranging from water recycling and infrastructure to innovation and... 

Business urged to pay attention to South Africa’s water risks – and opportunities

By: Zandile Mavuso     9th October 2015 Water is a crucial driver of the economy in South Africa and with its being on the verge of demand exceeding supply globally, the World Economic Forum has ranked water third in the most concerning global risks. 

Water scientist disputes NGO’s claim of Mintails' criminal noncompliance

By: Natalie Greve     2nd June 2014 Environmental risk analyst Dr Anthony Turton has vehemently denied claims by independent environmental organisation the Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) that tailings extractor Mintails has not complied with the terms of its water-use licence (WUL) and other environmental... 

Govt lauded for AMD paradigm shift, but compexity not fully grasped  

By: Leandi Kolver     18th April 2014 While government is stating that acid mine drainage (AMD) in South Africa is not an insurmountable problem and that the country will certainly win the struggle, industry experts and activists are concerned that the true extent of the challenge has not yet been acknowledged. The Department of... 

Shift from ‘blame seeking’ will aid efforts to tackle SA’s AMD challenge

By: Leandi Kolver     16th August 2013 Current mining industry players are faced with the challenge of who should be responsible for and deal with the subsequent financial impact of the legacy issue of acid mine drainage (AMD). The mining industry has been a significant driver of the country’s economy, dating back many years;... 

Resources Watch  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2013 This week: Draft mineral law ousts first-come first-served, initiates auctioning; Mining's fundamental business case needs rebuilding, Turton; and AMSA oprimistic of sealing Thabazibi deal with Kumba in H2. 

Tender issued for development of Wits AMD project  

By: Natalie Greve     1st August 2013 As part of efforts to mitigate the decant of acid mine drainage (AMD) in the Witwatersrand basin, the Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) has invited applications from suitably qualified and experienced construction companies or joint ventures to tender for the construction of infrastructure... 

Mining’s fundamental business case needs rebuilding – Turton 

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2013 The fundamental business case for mining needed rebuilding and should include mine closure planning and funding from inception throughout the life of mine, Water Stewardship Council of Southern Africa trustee Dr Anthony Turton said on Tuesday. Turton was addressing the South Africa Water, Energy... 

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