Sasol will help clean up the toxic spill that affected one of the rivers flowing through the Kruger National Park.

A tailings dam owned by Bosveld Phosphates overflowed at the end of last year following heavy rain, contaminating a 15km stretch of the Selati River, a tributary of the Olifants River. The water was highly acidic with a pH level of 1.5 which contributed to a massive fish kill.

Camps reliant on water from the Olifants River had to switch to back-up borehole water. Although this did not affect water quality, water restrictions had to be put in place at the height of the Park’s tourist season.

Bosveld Phosphates has asked Sasol to help clean up the toxic spill because the company has the technical knowledge to do so.