Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
On-line version ISSN 2411-9717
DANOCZI, J.. Water requirements for the recovery of diamonds using grease technology. J. S. Afr. Inst. Min. Metall. [online]. 2008, vol.108, n.2, pp. 123-129. ISSN 2411-9717.
South Africa is running out of fresh water and is looking at ways to improve water usage. This report addresses how a diamond mine in Gauteng has improved the utilization of its water resources. In the past, water from the local river was deemed the most suitable to use in the grease recovery plant but subsequent tests on the water from the slimes dam have shows that this water source is in fact more suitable for diamond recovery. Utilizing the slimes dam water provides a more stable water source than the local river while also reducing the impact of the mine on the water resources in the area.