Management and Mitigation of Acid Mine Drainage in South Africa
Input for Mineral Beneficiation in Africa
edited by Munyaradzi Mujuru, Shingirirai Mutanga
South Africa is facing the increasing challenge of acid mine drainage (AMD) whose genesis is the country’s mining history, which paid limited attention to post-mining mine site management. In mineral resource-rich Africa, this has emerged as one of the most daunting challenges of our time. South Africa has been bold in its approach to mitigating this problem, although the challenge is multi-faceted. On a positive note, substantial research has been conducted to confront the challenge. However, thus far, the research has been largely fragmented. This book builds on the work that has been done, but also provides a refreshing multi-disciplinary approach that is useful in addressing the AMD challenges that South Africa and the continent face. Whilst addressing the problem as a scientific and engineering challenge, the book also exposes the economic, policy and legal challenges involved in addressing the problem. The book concludes, quite uniquely, that AMD is an opportunity that can be used by South Africa and Africa to solve problems, such as acute water shortage, as well as mineral recovery operations.
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About the Editors
Dr Munyaradzi Mujuru is an accomplished scientist, academic and researcher. He is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Limpopo in the Department of Water and Sanitation. His research interests revolve around multi-disciplinary research particularly, environmental management issues, energy technology development, commercialisation of research and global change. His research work has been published in various international journals. He obtained a PhD at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and Masters and Bachelor's degrees at the university of Zimbabwe.
Dr Shingirirai S Mutanga is a well-established researcher in the fields of applied GIS, remote sensing & systems analysis. Currently, he is working as a Senior Research Specialist at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), under the Africa Institute of South Africa's (AISA) Science & Technology Programme. He holds a PhD in Industrial Systems Engineering from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He holds an MSc in Geo-Information Science and Earth observation for environmental modelling and management, obtained from a consortium of four universities (Southampton (UK), Lund (Sweden), Warsaw (Poland) and ITC (Nether-lands)) and an Honours degree in Geography and Environmental Science from the Midlands State University, Zimbabwe.