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Impacts of Mining Operations on Water Resources and Ecosystems: The Case of Letseng Diamonds in Lesotho


Blessing Matandare , Limkokwing University of Creative Technology; Tawanda Mukurunge, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology; Takura Bhila, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology


Environmental Degradation, Sustainable Development, Mining, Legislation, Future Generations, Preventive Measures, Africa Mining Vision, Lesotho


The impact of mining on water resources and ecosystems can be devastating and unsustainable especially in developing countries where policies and monitoring are usually non-existent. Pollution of water, soil and atmosphere can all result when mines are in operation. The management of residuals is important as it has an impact on the health, prosperity and future generations of the surrounding communities where the mine is located. This study seeks to access the impacts of mining by Letseng Diamonds in Lesotho on water resources and ecosystems of Mokhotlong District. As an organisation, Letseng Diamond Mine prides itself as an organisation that operates complying with an ISO 14001 compliant environmental management system which is supported by an updated and comprehensive Social and Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA) and a Social and Environmental Management Plan (SEMP). All of these meet International Finance Corporation Performance Standards and are aligned with the Equator Principles. The study seeks to establish whether the organisation is adhering to its principles to maximise the benefits that the natural environment offers or seeks to minimise the loss of such benefits.

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Paper ID: IJSRDV6I120376
Published in: Volume : 6, Issue : 12
Publication Date: 01/03/2019
Page(s): 634-639

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