The water resources downstream of the West Rand Gold Field (a.k.a. the Western Basin) have been the subject of considerable interest and discussion in both the media (e.g. Béga, 2010; 2012a; 2012b; 2013; Groenewald, 2010; Jordan, 2015; Kings, 2015) and scientific literature. At the root hereof is concern for the impact of acid mine drainage (AMD) on the receiving water resources environment shared in part by the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site (COH WHS), South Africa. Attention that is so acutely focussed on a sensitive environment of outstanding universal value (OUV) such...

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