Gold Mining in South Africa An Overview for Gold

Gold and diamond discoveries played an important part in the growth of the early Republic of South Africa Historically the country was the world s largest gold producer for many years before

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DRDGOLD is a South African gold producer and a world leader in the recovery of gold from the retreatment of surface tailings Our network of assets is unrivalled in South Africa and with our consolidated businesses operating as a single entity is focused on optimising these assets in order to increase gold production

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Converting Tailings Dumps into Mineral Resources Energy

Several commercially profitable enterprises have also been set up with the sole intention of retreating tailings dumps arising from South Africa s Witwatersrand gold processing operations According to Munyar Chirisa a chemical engineer and senior manager of Deloitte any tailings dump can be considered a potential mineral asset as long as it contains economic quantities of the mineral or metal

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The Toxic Landscape of Johannesburg s Gold Mines WIRED

More than a century of gold mining has left towering piles of bleached mine waste known as quot tailings quot all over Johannesburg s landscape Discovery of gold in the region in 1886 led to the

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What s left in the wake of South Africa s abandoned gold

Jan 15 2016 0183 32 In 2013 mining companies produced 562 000 times as much waste as gold according to the South African Chamber of Mines A decade before that same ratio was less than half as large at 212 000 to 1 Mining operations are generating increased waste because South Africa s gold is running out and the remaining resource only can be found several miles below ground

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PDF Impacts of mining on water resources in South Africa

Acid mine drainage is a major problem on coal and gold mines throughout the world and in South Africa the main focus of this study is no exception of mining on water resources in S outh

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Clinic highlights human rights costs of South African gold mining

Oct 19 2016 Clinic highlights human rights costs of South African gold mining of the Tudor Shaft informal settlement living directly on top of a tailings dam

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The Gold Mining Industry in South Africa Essay 1011

Gold mining in South Africa has a large impact on the environment the economy and social structure in South Africa The environmental impact of gold mining on the environment includes water air and noise pollution The mining industry in South Africa is one of the largest in the world It provides

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Development and application of a methodological tool for

for prioritization of rehabilitation of abandoned mine tailings dumps The areas of Musina and Giyani have been historically mining areas for copper magnesite and gold As the results these areas have numerous abandoned mine sites that are characterized by

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Second hand gold mines rising shine Business Business M G

Jan 10 2014 It seems there s still gold in them thar hills and South Africa s largest gold Rand based Cooke gold mines and tailings belonging to Gold One

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No dis closure on mining s mess Oxpeckers

Oct 14 2015 A tailings pile containing waste from gold mines looms behind Regulatory failure around mine closures has scarred South Africa with

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MINE TAILINGS AND THEIR POTENTIAL IMPACTS A CASE

MINE TAILINGS AND THEIR POTENTIAL IMPACTS A CASE STUDY OF SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD TAILINGS DAMS Ogola J S Department of Mining and Environmental Geology School of Environmental Sciences University of Venda Private Bag X5050 South Africa ogolajuniven za LIMPOPO MINERALS CONFERENCE 7 TRADE SHOW MOKOPANE NOVEMBER 10 13 2015

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The Haunting Legacy of South Africa s Gold Mines Yale E360

Nov 12 2015 0183 32 The Haunting Legacy of South Africa s Gold Mines But two years after the mine s owners abandoned it because it was unprofitable sewage runs in the streets of the old mining village tailings impoundments cover nearby towns in dust and illegal miners rule the abandoned shafts

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Witwatersrand South Africa NUCLEAR RISKS

Uranium production in South Africa has generally been a by product of gold mining Ever since the gold rush of 1886 the Witwatersrand basin has been a major mining site Today this region which roughly corresponds to Gauteng province is home to more than 10 million people

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Tailings Mining News and Commentary MINING

Explore related Tailings articles for more information on the Tailings mining industry AIVN acquires 100 of Placer Gold Prospecting through stock exchange Minerals for a Deswik500 mill for their Brits PGE project in the South Africa

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DRDGold South Africa s largest tailings project kicks

Nov 22 2018 0183 32 Surface gold tailings retreatment company DRDGOLD has begun the first phase of what will be one of the largest tailings operations in South Africa

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Intasol Tailings About

Intasol Tailings is a leading supplier of efficient tailings management solutions to the mining mineral processing energy and petrochemical industries

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Tailings Deposition – INTASOL

Tailings deposition is an ongoing dynamic process requiring unique operational expertise to strategise and mobilise the required works whilst being able to identify changes problems and improvements through operational wisdom in order to provide resolution and deliver effective execution

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All that glitters Acid mine drainage The toxic legacy

All that glitters Acid mine drainage The toxic legacy of gold mining in South Africa Acid mine drainage coats the hippos at Hippo Dam at the Krugersdorp Game Reserve A bigger problem than the acid mine drainage from the tailings piles at the surface however is the acid filling the underground mines

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Gold tailings retreatment an attractive proposition in

While most of the gold retreatment occurs on the West Rand and in the Free State construction and engineering company Amec Foster Wheeler Africa mining division process and studies director Nick

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The Wake of South Africa s Abandoned Gold Mines

Aug 20 2018 · Many of which are Gold Mines and specifically in the Gauteng Province of South Africa What is even more alarming is their 2008 report was based on a map from Statistics South Africa dated 2003 entailing their report was already constructed on 5 year old statistics

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What s left in the wake of South Africa s abandoned gold mines

Jan 15 2016 Acid in water near a South African gold mine sewage runs in the streets of the old mining village tailings impoundments cover nearby towns

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gold tailings mining in south africa

Chamber of Mines now Minerals Council South Africa founded 1890 South Africa began to slow down in the 1880s as the new deposits being found tended to be pyritic ore and gold could not be extracted from this compound with any of the then available technologies

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Gauteng s mine dumps brimming with radioactive uranium Health e

Oct 15 2015 Gold and uranium occur in the same geological environment and with gold Mine tailings in the Witwatersrand are estimated to contain around 600 000 the South African Chamber of Mines has set the guideline that each

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Gold Mining in South Africa Projects IQ Homepage

Making the refining process more thorough and economically viable South African gold mining projects such as the ERGO Mines Joint Venture in Brakpan will facilitate the re processing of 1 7 billion tonnes of gold tailings to refine a further 15 million ounces of gold

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An Assessment of Radiological Hazards from Gold Mine Tailings in

Jan 18 2016 In South Africa the gold mining industry has existed for over a century As a result mine tailings are littered everywhere particularly in the

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South Africa s mines are becoming safer African Mining

May 08 2019 0183 32 Mining in SA is becoming safer but work still needs to be done to close the gap with other mining jurisdictions such as Australia In 2016 73 miners were killed working in South Africa s mining sector or about 1 4 a week That underscores the dangerous nature of the industry in South Africa which is home to the world s deepest mines

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VETIVER GRASS TECHNOLOGY FOR mine tailings

In South Africa vetiver has been used very effectively to stabilise rehabilitate slimes dams material is very large examples are gold and coal mine tailings

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The Toxic Landscape of Johannesburg s Gold Mines WIRED

Jun 18 2014 More than a century of gold mining has left towering piles of bleached mine waste known as tailings all over Johannesburg s landscape The communities there are mostly the very poorest of South Africa and mainly only

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DRDGOLD begins first phase of Far West tailings project

Dec 04 2018 0183 32 The South African miner is kicking off this week its Far West gold recoveries project in Gauteng with the pumping of reclaimed tailings into the carbon in leach circuit just four months into

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Full paper Characterisation of cyanide in gold mine tailings of the

However at most gold mines in South Africa cyanide is simply discharged with the effluent and tailings based on the assumption it will decompose within a

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tailing mining facilities in south africa marinetaxis za

Tailings material being deposited into a dam at South Deep gold mine The face of the tailings sector in South Africa is undergoing a series of changes financial and political imperatives impacting on both new and existing tailings facilities Read More

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What s left in the wake of South Africa s abandoned gold

Jan 15 2016 0183 32 In 2013 mining companies produced 562 000 times as much waste as gold according to the South African Chamber of Mines A decade before that same ratio was less than half as large at 212 000 to 1 Mining operations are generating increased waste because South Africa s gold is running out and the remaining resource only can be found

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Brief history of gold mining in South Africa Mining for

Chamber of Mines now Minerals Council South Africa founded 1890 South Africa began to slow down in the 1880s as the new deposits being found tended to be pyritic ore and gold could not be extracted from this compound with any of the then available technologies

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Modelling of Radiological Health Risks from Gold Mine

Mining is one of the major causes of elevation of naturally occurring radionuclide material NORM concentrations on the Earth s surface The aim of this study was to evaluate the human risk associated with exposure to NORMs in soils from mine tailings around a gold mine

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Environmental Hazard Turning Tailings Trash To Treasure

Aug 23 2016 0183 32 DRD Gold is one of the first South African companies to abandon traditional mining to focus on extracting gold from tailings New technology allows the company to recover up to 40 percent of the gold left in particle form in tailings DRD Gold extracted 33 600 ounces of gold worth nearly US 40 million in the last quarter of 2013

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Mines South Africa s DRDGOLD scratches the surface for

Jul 18 2019 · The South African company DRDGold Limited which abandoned underground mining operations to exploit surface gold tailings has closer links to shareholder Sibanye Stillwater but it struggling to turn a big profit due to electricity and other problems

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Mining Weekly Gold tailings retreatment an attractive

The strong performance of the rand gold price increasingly lower ore grades mined in deeper underground mining operations and higher labour and electricity costs are underscoring the attractiveness of and accelerating gold tailings retreatment operations in South Africa states gold miner Sibanye s West Rand Tailings Retreatment Project WRTRP

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Uranium mining in the Karoo South Africa s new gold eNCA

Mar 11 2016 0183 32 In South Africa uranium is more available than gold and is produced as a by product of gold mining in the Witwatersrand Basin The Tasman RSA

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How are waste materials managed at mine sites MiningFacts

While many mine wastes are benign mining companies manage their waste in order to Tailings Tailings are finely ground rock and mineral waste products of Gold found in South Africa mine s waste Uploaded by AlJazeera English

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The viability of using the Witwatersrand gold mine

The Witwatersrand Basin is the heart of South Africa a gold mining industry The cluster of gold mines located in the Witwatersrand Basin generates a significant amount of mine tailings which have adverse effects on the environment and ecological systems In addition disposal costs are very high

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Re Processing Gold Tailings in South Africa

historic gold tailings dams in the Witwatersrand area of South Africa is being investigated The objective is to recover uranium and residual gold from the tailings as well as to oxidize the sulphides to eliminate long term environmental liabilities associated with acid mine drainage The tailings from the re processing plant will be re

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