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Accountants can reduce the environmental impact of mining: pointers for South Africa

By Huibrecht Margaretha (Breggie) van der Poll, Professor of Management Accounting, University of South Africa
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The South African coal mining industry has a long history, dating back to the late 19th century, and contributes significantly to the economy. The coal sector employs 92,230 people and annual earnings are R27.9 billion (about US$2 billion). But the industry is causing severe environmental challenges.

For example, Emalahleni, a city in the country’s Mpumalanga province, has been exposed for over a century to the continuous mining of coal.…

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