Rand’s acid water costs double, but state has no extra funds

Business Day Live 31 August 2012.

THE projected costs of initially solving the Witwatersrand’s acid mine drainage problem have more than doubled to R2.2bn, says Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa.

The Treasury has allocated R433m to sort out the acid mine water that has already polluted the region’s western basin. Experts say acid mine water could decant into the central basin, which encompasses parts of Johannesburg, within a year and the eastern basins soon after that…