20 Aug '11, 5am

Mining Threatens Important Wetland | Care2 Causes

Mining Threatens Important Wetland | Care2 Causes

Last month, South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources issued a local mining company called Bongani Minerals with a license to prospect for tungsten ore in the headwaters of Verlorenvlei, a wetland system of international significance on the country’s West Coast. Local residents are understandably shocked at the Department’s decision. If Bongani Minerals end up exploiting the Riviera Tungsten deposit, which contains an estimated 10.86 million tons of low-grade ore and is believed to be the world’s sixth biggest tungsten deposit, they are expected to establish a 20- to 50-hectare open-cast mine that will be excavated to a depth of 200 meters. This mine would threaten a unique ecosystem as well as the livelihood of many local inhabitants. What’s at stake? The proposed mine is located in the Moutonshoek Valley, which is upstream of the Verlorenvlei wetland and provides so...

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