Monitor and determine local groundwater impacts from increased mining activities in the Kalahari iron manganese field of the Northern Cape, South Africa.

The Kalahari iron manganese field (KIMF) in the Northern Cape, South Africa, was historically exploited by only three mines, with Hotazel the only town and the rest of the area being largely rural, with agricultural stock/ game farming the major activity. Since 2010, mining activities have increased to more than 10 operational mines with increased water demand and environmental impacts on groundwater. The area is within catchments of the Matlhwaring, Moshaweng, Kuruman and Gamogara rivers that drain to the Molopo River in the Northern Cape.

Mine dewatering case study at a gold mine in Mandiana Region, Eastern Guinea

A hydrogeological investigation was conducted at a gold mine in the Mandiana region, northeast Guinea. The objectives of the investigation included: 1) Review the efficiency of the current dewatering system and 2) Assess potential dewatering impacts on neighbouring groundwater users. Historical and current hydrogeological information were reviewed and assessed to address the project objectives. The site geological succession contains laterites, saprolites, saprock, dolorite sill and fresh fractured bedrock below.

An Overview of long-term groundwater development and management – 20 years of Hermanus wellfields

Hermanus was originally supplied from springs and groundwater until the De Bos Dam was built in the 1950s. Due to increasing water demand, the municipality commenced wellfield development in 2002. The first wellfield comprised 3 boreholes, of which one borehole was later decommissioned due to reduced yield. Three additional boreholes were drilled recently to ensure abstraction capacity within the licence limits. A second wellfield was developed in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley north of Hermanus.

Ensuring the provision of sustainable water services in water-scarce humanitarian environments

Annually, UNICEF spends approximately US$1B in water, sanitation and hygiene programming (WASH), approximately half of which is spent in humanitarian contexts. In emergencies, UNICEF supports the delivery of water, sanitation and hygiene programming under very difficult programming contexts – interruptions to access, power supply and a lack of reliable data. Many of these humanitarian situations are in contexts where water scarcity is prevalent and where the demand and competition for water are increasing, contributing to tension between and within communities.

onitoring a deep fresh-saline water interface using repeatVertical Electrical Soundings measurements

Monitoring deep (~100 – 200 m) fresh-saline water interface is a challenge because of the low spatial density of deep boreholes. In this project, Vertical Electrical Soundings measurements were used to evaluate changes in the depth of the interface over various decades. Water quality monitoring is a well-known application of geo-electrical measurements but generally applies to the relatively shallow subsurface. In this case study, the saline groundwater interface is around 120 -200 m deep, and the time interval between the measurements is several tens of years.

Event Debrief: Monitoring – an important component in water resources management (GWD & Danida Alumni)

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On 02 November 2023, this GWD and Danida Alumni webinar, hosted by Dr Amy Allwright - the GWD Central Branch Chair 2022/2023 - Dr Nicolette Vermaak highlighted the importance of quantified monitor

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Case Study: Thermals springs in the Lower Orange River Valley

POSTER Since June 2010 and still ongoing today, the Lower Orange River Valley has experienced over a 1168 tremors(a) and earthquakes in the vicinity of Augrabies. Of these 1168 tremors, 71 quakes registered above 3 on the Richter scale and on 18 December 2011, the area was struck with an earthquake that registered 5 on the Richter scale. Four thermal springs are also located near this earthquake zone and the temperature of the water have a range of between 38?C -46.6?C, according to Kent LE. (1949/1969).

Conceptual Model Based Numerical Groundwater Flow Modelling of the Simbithi Eco-Estate, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Water stress is frequently experienced in many parts of South Africa. To ensure the longevity of the country’s water resources, particularly groundwater, accurate quantification of the resource and prediction of the responses of each water resource unit to natural and anthropogenic stresses are necessary. To this endeavour, Simbithi Eco-Estate, located at Shaka’s Rock, KwaZulu-Natal requires the implementation of a Water Management Plan that includes a hydrogeological investigation.

Investigating The Potential Impacts Of Bentonite Mining At Matsopa Mine On The Groundwater System

This paper describes the results of geohydrological studies conducted at Matsopa Mine, where a shallow bentonite body is mined, to investigate the potential impacts of mining on the groundwater environment. An understanding of such potential impacts is crucial since the communitiesin the area are dependent solely on groundwater for their domestic water supply.