Randfontein sinking in quagmire of radioactive minewater, sinkholes and millions of gallons bubbling up from worked-out goldmines below -- all due to ANC-regime's deliberate neglect...
2011-06-04 The white land-owners of Randfontein are spending a fortune to stop their properties from sinking into a quagmire of very acid minewater bubbling up from abandoned gold-mines below. They say the ANC-regime should have acted years ago: but nothing is being done about the millions upon millions of gallons of very acid, radioactive minewater bubbling up from below. Spur restaurateur Tommie Cowan has already spent R50,000 to stop his restaurant and the nearby Stears from sinking into the stinking battery-acid swamp. He's had to dig two canals around the two restaurants to channel the thousands of daily litres of water bubbling up from below. And two giant holes have also started appearing in the main road...
The Dutch Reformed Church dominee Llewellyn Olver has the same problem: they spend R4000 a month just pumping away the water from the church building.
"We are tearing our hair out. We can't afford to build canals and the town council pretends that the problem does not exist'.
Mrs Heleen Morgenrood, who owns a national monument: a house built by the famed architect Herbert Baker, says she's nwo knee-deep in acid mine water in the basement.
Two years ago, a 'damp patch' appeared on her lawn: now it's become a massive dam where her children row their boat.
(source: Johan Eybers)
The Federation for a Sustainable Environment spokeswoman Mariette Liefferink believes the tsunami of acid-water bubbling up from below is due to the fact that various gold-mines closed down and are no longer pumping the water from the mine shafts.
Olver says 'its a dilemma scientists cannot seem to solve, nobody really knows what's going on.'
"We are very worried that all of Randfontein could be threatened if this is indeed mine-water which is rich in heavy-metals and acids.
"We are located only a fewhundred metres from Robinson lake - which is highly radioactive and the water is like battery-acid,' said the dominee.
Liefferink said by the time the ANC-regime installs its planned pumps and 'water-neutralisation' installations by February 2011 will be far too late.
"And nothing has even been started as yet,' she pointed out. The regime's decision to 'neutralise acid mine-water with chemicals is a weak short-term 'solution' considering the fact that 208-million litres of chemical waste-water would have to be treated each day.
And the resulting slurry is 'useless: it can't be used for anything, and will turn any site where it's stored into a wasteland.