Getting the toxic shaft

Getting the toxic shaft

Gold mines and a city’s pride, leave messy legacy in South Africa
A child walks barefooted at the Tudor Shaft squatter settlement near Randfontein, South Africa, west of Johannesburg. When it rains the streets pool with orange water that smells of vinegar. Experts say the water contains radioactive minerals and has killed all aquatic life in a nearby river.
A gold mine dump is reflected in toxic water in Randfontein, west of Johannesburg, which is built over one of the largest gold mining bases in the world.

Getting the toxic shaft

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A child walks barefooted at the Tudor Shaft squatter settlement near Randfontein, South Africa, west of Johannesburg. When it rains the streets pool with orange water that smells of vinegar. Experts say the water contains radioactive minerals and has killed all aquatic life in a nearby river.
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A gold mine dump is reflected in toxic water in Randfontein, west of Johannesburg, which is built over one of the largest gold mining bases in the world.
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