AngloGold Ashanti: Water Contamination in South Africa

The South African Federation for Sustainable Environment has accused AngloGold Ashanti of groundwater pollution following repeated leaks from its tailings dam in Stilfontein, South Africa. Radioactive contaminated groundwater near the Vaal River has reportedly seeped into local pastures and killed grazing cattle. A study conducted by the North-West University concluded that uranium levels in the livers of the deceased cattle were 4,350 times higher than those of cattle grazing in other areas.[1]

[1] Sipho Kings (2013): “AngloGold mine charged with radioactive contamination”, Mail and Guardian, 8 January; accessed 04.09.2013

Case location
Stilfontein, South Africa
South Africa


Affected topics
  • Environmental and Climate protection
Affected norms and standards Directly and indirectly (through shareholding) involved companies Indirect investors through shareholding

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