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Water Management for Mine Residue Deposits (Facilitator – Mr. Guillaume de Swardt)
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Water Management for Mine Residue Deposits (Facilitator – Mr. Guillaume de Swardt)

  • 00m 00s
  • NQF LEVEL 8

SERVICE PROVIDER: GEO TAIL SA & WATER BUSINESS ACADEMY (WBA)
COURSE DURATION: 1 DAY
CPD ACCREDITATION (ECSA & SACNASP): 1 CPD Point

 

BACKGROUND
Mine water management is a broad topic covering a range of specialist sub-disciplines. In this case, mine water management will focus on groundwater, surface water and process water management within the mining environment, on the water management aspects associated with the varied mine residue deposits as well as on the regulations that govern the use, storage, management, etc. of the water resources.

OBJECTIVES
The main objective of the varied modules on Mine Water Management is to improve ‘water resource management across the mining environment’ and to apply knowledge as well as implement preventative and mitigation programmes in an integrated manner.
The specific objectives of this module are;

  • To describe and optimise water usage at mine residue deposits (MRD’s) on a mine.
  • To characterise, quantify and report the potential impacts of the varied mine infrastructure on the groundwater & surface water resources on a mine.
  • Optimising the management (incl. sustainable use, protection, monitoring thereof, etc.) of water resources associated with the mine residue deposits on a mine.

SHORT COURSE CONTENT

  • The two biggest areas of water management concerns for mines are the challenges of avoiding discharges of contaminated water and of water scarcity in dry areas. Mines cannot ignore these challenges. In the one case, a lack of water availability could prevent new projects from being implemented or limit sustainable mining. In the other case, discharges can lead to legal non-compliance, as well as environmental and social impacts.
  • In a typical mining operation, a large volume of the process water remains in the tailings dam as interstitial water. In addition, a significant amount of water is lost through evaporation and seepage. Therefore, the biggest culprit of water loss on a mine is the tailings dam.
  • The intention of this module is to highlight the design measures and options that can be considered to optimise the water management cycle for mine residue deposits. Numerous case studies will be utilised to demonstrate the application of these design measures.

 

TARGET AUDIENCE
This short course is intended for practitioners (i.e. professionals) with minimum 3 years’ experience including;

  • Water Resource Practitioners & Managers (eg. Engineering and Environmental staff that are associated with the mining and related consulting industries).
  • Staff of Governmental Departments (eg. Department of Water and Sanitation, Department of Environmental Affairs etc.
  • Practitioners that are qualified in associated / related disciplines.

DELIVERY MODES
A hybrid / blended approach to offering the short learning programmes of WBA will be implemented. Theoretical and selected practical / case study modules will be offered either through contact training sessions and / or by means of virtual on-line sessions.
Water Business College (WBC) will apply the latest technology and software (where applicable) to effectively / optimally deliver the knowledge and practical modules.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
A recognised Bachelor’s Degree at NQF Level 7 or above in an appropriate / relevant physical scientific discipline.

RECOGNITION of PRIOR LEARNING (RPL):
The provider recognises and will meet the national requirements for RPL. RPL applications will be assessed for the following:

  • An applicant’s informal learning or non-accredited formal studies are assessed as being equivalent to the prerequisite qualification.
  • Work experience; a minimum of 3 years’ experience within the industry in conjunction with the academic record of the candidate.
  • The implementation of advanced standing in instances where the candidate does not meet the minimum entry requirements.
  • Relevant modules / short courses that have been successfully completed at other accredited Higher Education Institutions where the modules / short courses are equivalent in content and standard.

CONTACT DETAILS
Short Course Coordinator: Guillaume de Swardt
Email address:
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The main objective of the varied modules on Mine Water Management is to improve ‘water resource management across the mining environment’ and to apply knowledge as well as implement preventative and mitigation programmes in an integrated manner.

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