On the other side of the coin the task of central government, apparently, was binomial. Firstly its loyalty to the mining industry - as indispensable source of income. Secondly to urge the Carletonville comminty to calm down with promises of future renumeration for losses they had. A series of investigations made by Committees and Commissions followed suit. All of them apparently based on democratic principles. Oral memories and ?miner history? bear witness of falsified signatures in confidential reports that a few contributors did not even see, nor did they approve of the final product.
In the paper a more detailed discussion of the poster presentation will be given. A multi-faceted perspective will be presented on the consequences of dewatering in the Carletonville municipal area along the following structure:
Physical, psychological and economical setbacks
An ethical point of view on events
Perspectives from the side of Social Welfare>
An analytical view of the outcome of national secrecy on regional and economic level. The poster presentation will specifically focus on the results of dewatering such as the spate of sinkholes that resulted from the process and its effects on the people of the area. It will also focus on the inevitable disruption of the water systems and the subsequent loss of agricultural potential. One further aspect that will be highlighted is the subsequent pollution of the remaining water that are now ?circulated? through the mines.
* The contributions of PU for CHE experts : Proff. H. Strydom (Social Work); A.J.H. Pieterse (Plant and Soil); Dr. F.J. Wolmarans (Private consultant in Geology and local inhabitant of Carletonville ); N. J. Jacobs (Environmental Historian from the University of Brown) as well as the empirical research input from Ph.D students Sarah Currie and Marthie Coetzee (from PU for CHE) are hereby acknowledged.