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Shoot: Pollution from Abandoned Coal Mines in South Africa

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South Africa is the world's sixth largest producer of coal - and the seventh largest consumer. With shallow coal seams and cheap labor, coal mines have sprung up all over the country. However, there's a hidden cost to mining that only starts when the mine has served its purpose.
There are hundreds of unused, abandoned coal mines around South Africa. Each one is a ticking time-bomb for the environment, mainly due to AMD (acid mine drainage), water draining from the mines filled with sulphate salts, heavy metals and carcinogenic substances like benzene and toluene. This AMD damages wildlife and spreads illness and disease. One place that feels these effects most shockingly is Emalahleni (which means ''place of coal'). The place is surrounded by 22 collieries, plus steel, vanadium and manganese plants. Among the most vulnerable in Emalahleni are the children of the Maguqa community. Their soccer field lies in a small floodplain on the side of a small stream. The stream is dirty and dangerous, filled with untreated sewage from the municipality.
Children Playing Soccer in Witbank
2 Sep, 2008
Children Playing Soccer in Witbank
Children on White Salt Precipitate from AMD in Witbank
2 Sep, 2008
Children on White Salt Precipitate from AMD in Witbank
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Children Play on Salt Precipitate from AMD in Witbank
2 Sep, 2008
Children Play on Salt Precipitate from AMD in Witbank
Young Boy Jumps Across a Stream in Witbank
2 Sep, 2008
Young Boy Jumps Across a Stream in Witbank
Emalahleni Sewage in South Africa
2 Sep, 2008
Emalahleni Sewage in South Africa
Coal Stock in Witbank
2 Sep, 2008
Coal Stock in Witbank
AMD from Working Open Pit Coal Mine in Witbank
2 Sep, 2008
AMD from Working Open Pit Coal Mine in Witbank
Polluted Water from AMD in Witbank
2 Sep, 2008
Polluted Water from AMD in Witbank
Polluted Water in Witbank
2 Sep, 2008
Polluted Water in Witbank
Pond with AMD Polluted Water in Witbank
2 Sep, 2008
Pond with AMD Polluted Water in Witbank
Water Containing AMD in Witbank
2 Sep, 2008
Water Containing AMD in Witbank
AMD White Crust in Witbank
2 Sep, 2008
AMD White Crust in Witbank
AMD Polluted Water in Witbank
2 Sep, 2008
AMD Polluted Water in Witbank
Environmental Activist Matthews Hlabane in Witbank
2 Sep, 2008
Environmental Activist Matthews Hlabane in Witbank
Local Men and Salt Precipitate from AMD in Witbank
Local Men and Salt Precipitate from AMD in Witbank
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