n Stads- en Streeksbeplanning = Town and Regional Planning - The impacts of mining activities on the environment and the necessity for an environmental assessment strategy for such activity in South Africa

Volume 2009, Issue 55
  • ISSN : 1012-280X


Mining activities disturb the earth's geology and destabilise the geo-environment, with a consequent negative impact on sustainability. There is a close link between the mining sector, geology and urban development. A geo-environmental assessment (assessment of the spatial influence of geology on the environment), focusing on the regional geological character and setting, must therefore also lay the foundation for a long-term sustainable assessment of mining-related urban development. This must be done as a specialist study and be part of required environmental assessment on strategic level prior to development.

Mynaktiwiteite versteur die geologie van die aarde en gevolglik destabiliseer die geo-omgewing, met 'n gevolglike negatiewe invloed op volhoubaarheid. Daar is 'n noue verhouding tussen die mynsektor, geologie en stedelike ontwikkeling. 'n Geoomgewingsanalise (analise van die ruimtelike invloed van geologie in die omgewing), met 'n fokus op die streeksgeologiese karakter en ligging moet daarom ook die basis wees vir 'n langdurige volhoubaarheidanalise van mynverwante stedelike ontwikkeling. Dit moet gedoen word as 'n gespesialiseerde studie en moet deel wees van 'n vereiste omgewingsanalise oor strategiese vlak onderhewig aan ontwikkeling.

Mesebetsi ya merafong e sitisana le bobopeho ba lefatshe le ho baka pherekano ya tikoloho ya lefatshe, e tlisang kgatello e mpe polokong. Ho na le kamano e tiileng pakeng tsa lefapha la merafong, ntshetsopele ya tsa gology le metse ya ditoropo. Tekanyetso ya tikoloh ya lefatshe (tekanyetso ya tshusumetso ya sebaka ya lefatshe tikolohong), ho tadinngwe mofuta le sebaka sa lefatshe le yona e thehe wa nako e telele wa poloko ya tekanyetso ya tsa merafong e amanang le ntshetsopele ya metse ya ditoropo. Ntho ena e etswe e le thuto e ikgethileng le ho ba karolo ya tekanyetso ya tikoloho e hlokwang boemong bo leano lena pele ho ntshetsopele.

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