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Over 100 mines have no water-use licences
Over 100 mines have no water-use licencesA total of 103 mines are breaking the law by operating without water-use licences, according to Water Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.   As of July 25 this year, 103 mines were operating without valid water-use licences, and out of these, 55 had applied for a licence, she said in a written reply to a parliamentary question.   Mokonyane declined to give the names and locations of the illegally operating mines.   "The actual information cannot be furnished because it shall prejudice the outcome of the administrative action and criminal prosecution by the department, which is sub judice according to the National Prosecuting Authority."   In her reply, tabled on Thursday, she said steps taken by her department to prevent such unauthorised mine operations included "issuance of notices, directives and instituting criminal prosecution", which i
Residents of Mtunzini takes on mining company
Residents of Mtunzini takes on mining companyResidents of Mtunzini, a small holiday town on the North Coast, are to take on a multinational mining company that wants to mine on their doorsteps.   On one side are the residents, a group of about 2 400 people. In the past, they made a living mainly from eco-tourism.   On the other s
34 miners trapped after Bosnia quake
34 miners trapped after Bosnia quakeThirty-four miners remained trapped inside a Bosnian coal mine on Friday after an earthquake triggered a gas explosion and caved in two tunnels. "Of 56 miners that were in the mine, 22 made it back to the surface and 34 are still in the affected zone," said Esad Civic, manager at the Rasp
What are the regulations regarding an emergency escape from mines
What are the regulations regarding an emergency escape from mines Question:   Are there regulations with regard to emergency escape from mines, either underground or open?   Answer:    The Mine Health and Safety Act 29 of 1996 stipulate:   CHAPTER 16 RESCUE, FIRST AID AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE   16.2 Iss
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