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Lani van Vuuren  

World mine-water experts to gather in Pretoria

The world’s foremost mine-water experts will gather in Pretoria in October for the 2009 International Mine Water Conference.

South Africa, together with the rest of Africa, represents a critical resource for a wide range of minerals to drive the world economy, notes Chair of the Conference Organising Committee William Pulles. “South Africa has a long history of mining and has limited natural water resources, leading to a situation where it also has a number of significant mine-water related challenges. With over 10 000 km2 of hydraulically-interlinked coal mines and over 300 km of interlinked gold mines, mine-water challenges are not only at local mine level but at regional level too.”

The International Mine Water Conference, being hosted by the Water Institute of Southern Africa’s Mine Water Division and the International Mine Water Association, will enable persons around the world who have an interest in mine-water management to learn first-hand how these 21st century challenges are being tackled. The conference promises an outstanding technical programme covering various themes, including environmental best practice guidelines, mine closure, active and passive mine-water treatment, management of brines and rehabilitation of mine residues, water management issues in underground and open-pit mining and management of radioactivity in mine water.

At least 24 countries will be represented, with over 100 oral and 60 posters to be presented. A range of optional post-conference technical tours are also being planned.

For more information Visit: www.wisa.org.za/minewater2009.htm or E-mail: confplan@iafrica.com




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