#MineAlert investigations

Watership down: the reality of mining Mabola

Mabola is a strategic water source that feeds four of South Africa's major rivers, but the government has approved a licence to mine coal there. Oxpeckers broke the story in...

South Africa’s future without coal

The future of electricity generation is no longer guaranteed to the coal industry. Which forms of power will keep the lights on? Mark Olalde investigates [caption id="attachment_4250" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Duvha Power...

R60-billion held for mines that are never closed

Never-before-seen data shows a fortune has been set aside for mine rehabilitation in South Africa. But large mines are not being properly closed, and the money cannot be touched. Mark...

Coal mines leave a legacy of ruin

Oxpeckers publishes never-before-seen data exposing the lack of mine closures, despite R45-billion being held in financial provisions for rehabilitation in 2015. Investigation by Mark Olalde [caption id="attachment_4013" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] An artisanal...

Ministers sign secret deal to mine strategic water zone

Without any public notification, South Africa’s ministers of environment and mining signed off on a coal mining project in the critical Mabola water catchment in Mpumalanga. Mark Olalde investigates [caption id="attachment_3824"...

The reality of social and labour plans

Social and labour plans are supposed to improve life for communities affected by mining. Unfortunately, because of the fog surrounding how they operate and are enforced, these communities are often...

Appeal against mine expansion in wildlife corridor

Tricia Govindasamy looks into the impacts of environmental authorisation for expanding Sedibelo mine in the North West Heritage Park Corridor [caption id="attachment_3744" align="aligncenter" width="740"] Wild dogs in Pilanesberg National Park. The...

Mine closures: What’s happening in your back yard?

After an 18-month search, Mark Olalde accessed data on mine closure trust funds, financial provisions for rehabilitation and closure certificates. He makes this crucial information public for the first time [caption...

Seabed prospecting undermines blue economy

Ambitious government plans to grow the oceans economy are threatened by prospecting licences that would open the marine economic zone to phosphate strip mining. Mark Olalde investigates...