Fight poisonous uranium mining

It seems that the Minerals and Energy Department is not interested in the health of South Africans.

It seems that the Minerals and Energy Department is not interested in the health of South Africans.

It has granted the UK's Brinkley Mining rights to prospect uranium in Western Cape. This will turn the countryside into a poisonous field.

In many US states where uranium is mined, children played with "yellow cake" near the pits or swam in dams where uranium had leached into the water. Parents learned the hard way that uranium is pure poison.

Deaths from leukaemia and other cancers forced parents out of their comfort zones. Now they fight any further uranium mining.

Unfortunately, South Africans have not been made aware of the true nature of uranium toxicity and foreign firms capitalise on this ignorance.

In Canada, primary cancers are recognised as a hazard of uranium mining.

Do the people of Beaufort West realise this? This little farming community is a target for uranium exploitation. Brinkley has bought Waterval Farm and has the option to buy Damsfontein, Bloemfontein, Rietkuil, and Flagfontein. These 42000 hectares could be growing food instead of developing poison.

Karoo and Beaufort West families should protest this uranium development to protect their children.

Ingela Richardson, Gonubie

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