The department of environmental affairs says it wants more than 3,000 tons of mercury waste stockpiles at the old Thor Chemicals factory in KwaZulu-Natal to be removed by the end of next year.

The department says Thor Chemicals — a British multinational that owned and ran the Cato Ridge plant where drums of toxic sludge are stored — has agreed in principle to pay more than R300m required to export the waste to Switzerland, where it will be disposed of...

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