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WATER 2017

Date 10 July 2017
- 11 July 2017
Location Emperors Palace Convention Centre, Johannesburg
Resources Water - final programme 04072017.pdf
Water 2017 Conference Announcement 150317.pdf
Water 2017 Sponsorship Opportunities 10052017.pdf
Water Conference Abstracts received 30052017.pdf
Water Reg form 24052017.pdf
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The Southern African Institure of Mining and Metalllurgy
Mine Metallurgical Managers Association is proud to host the …

WATER 2017

“lifeblood of the mining industry”

10–11 July 2017
Emperors Palace, Hotel Casino | Convention Resort Johannesburg

The mining industry is faced with a number of challenges regarding the use, recycling and management of their water resources. Some affected parties are unaware that the legislation around the use of water has become more onerous and strict controls have been put in place. This includes the requirements for the application of water use licences.

The scarcity of water in the Southern African region is a fact and the availability of water is a major consideration in the development of mining ventures across the sub-continent. The water authorities throughout the region have developed strategies to address the needs of the mines and their surrounding communities.

Acid Mine Drainage has been a reality for quite some time and with the “closure” of mines on the Witwatersrand it has become a major issue for communities in Gauteng. A number of initiatives have been put in place to address the challenge and the enormity of the task has taken many by surprise.

The use of fresh water alone is no longer an option and users have to consider alternatives in the treatment and recycling of water. Major advances have been made in the processing of water yet these options have not been shared with the engineers on the mines.