Rehabilitation of Abandoned Asbestos Mines in South Africa

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Rehabilitation of Abandoned Asbestos Mines in South Africa
The South African mining history is over a centuries and half old; however, legislature that seeks to uphold the integrity of the environment and societal wellbeing from mining impacts, is only in its third decade. The South African government has embarked on a rehabilitation programme, and abandoned asbestos mines are at the top of the priority list. This work aims to draw out lessons learnt in South Africa’s rehabilitation of asbestos mines from the government rehabilitation programme over the past 10 years by: conducting desktop studies, and environmental inspections of the rehabilitated sites in the past decade; presenting best practices and alternative practices from around the global; assessing the environmental footprint of the rehabilitation plans implemented; and investigating the actual post-rehabilitation land use compared to the planned land use. This will be to determine the effectiveness of rehabilitation plans implemented, assess their sustainability based on environmental footprint and social impact, and recommend improvements implementable to the South African rehabilitation practice.
Mpho Phalwane
MPhil in Sustainable Mineral Development
“I’m a first year MPhil student and i have seven years minerals processing experience. I believe that mining is a good vehicle for development in Africa, and I’m excited about our role in ensuring that it’s of a sustainable kind. But as Mary-Ann Evans said, “The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men”; in that’s spirit we should then not be afraid to keep trying.”

An exploration of lived experiences of resettled families in Mazabuka district, Zambia. The case of 12 resettled families by a Nickel mine project
Given the negative impacts associated with resettlement projects and considering it is now close to a decade since the families at Munali Nickel Mine were resettled, the main research question for this proposal is to explore and find out what the experiences of the resettled families at Munali Mine have been?
The aim of the proposal is to explore the lived experiences of the individual males and females comprising resettled families with regards to the coping strategies.
The proposal therefore aims to fill the existing knowledge gap and lack of adequate qualitative, empirical and perceptual baseline data by exploring on the “lived experiences of resettled families”.
The thesis will be informed by an intersection of constructivism paradigm and phenomenology and will predominantly adopt a qualitative research design and will mainly focus on the 12 purposively sampled families.
Lewis Tumbama
MPhil in Sustainable Mineral Development
“Living in two worlds: Lewis is a Social Scientist by training and is working as a Senior Involuntary Resettlement Specialist on a Donor funded Project in Lusaka, Zambia.
Off professional duties, Lewis is watching movies or is actively helping to resolve community developmental needs and leadership matters in his village.”


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