Thursday, 11 January 2018 14:50

Flooding risk

December 23 2017

POLLUTION OF VAAL RIVER ‘AT CRISIS POINT’

SHEREE BEGA

“Extraordinary high levels of pollution” in the Vaal River are causing health risks, environmental degradation and water shortages.

The FSE will appear on Al Jazeera English’s award-winning show, The Stream Wednesday, December 20th from 9:30p – 10:00p SAST

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 17:12

Palmietkuilen Coal Mining Project Rejected

The Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) has refused to grant permission for the proposed Palmietkuilen Coal Mining Project. 

The FSE with other interested and affected parties lodged an objection with the Department of Mineral Resources against the proposed open cast coal mine to be situated on the Palmietkuilen farm in Lesedi.

THE FSE CONDUCTED A NUMBER OF NEWS MEDIA INTERVIEWS ON THE SAWC’S STATE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND SANITATION REPORT INTER ALIA SABC NEWS, IOL, CHANNEL AFRICA AND E.TV.

 

Friday, 01 December 2017 10:33

DAILY NEWS 30 November 2017

 

Lack of skills to manage water supply systems

A DAMNING report published by the South African Water Caucus has revealed that the quality of the water drunk by South Africans has severely deteriorated and is now a cause for concern.

The South African Water Caucus (SAWC) today launched a report which exposes the dysfunction and institutional paralysis in the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). The report is almost entirely based on publicly accessible information including Parliamentary Questions and Answers, Portfolio Committee meeting reports, information from access to information (PAIA) requests and media articles. However, importantly, it presents it in a single document which paints a particularly bleak picture for SA’s water institutions and hence water security.

Sunday, 26 November 2017 08:14

R10 BILLION OWED FOR WATER – CUTS LOOMING

MEDIA STATEMENT

 

R10 BILLION OWED FOR WATER – CUTS LOOMING

22 November 2017

 

The Department of Water and Sanitation is issuing notices to at least 30 municipalities that its water supplies will be cut off, by Friday, 08 December 2017; should they fail to pay their water debt that has been outstanding for more than 60 days.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 18:59

Science Business Dialogue Conference

 

Science Business Dialogue Conference

"Linking Science, Society, Business and Policy for the Sustainable Use of Abandoned Mines in the SADC Region"

28-30 November 2017

Indaba Hotel, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 17:50

PUBLIC MEETING

 

PUBLIC MEETING


SAVE the VAAL is hosting a public meeting to discuss
pollution issues in the Vaal River.
The meeting will be chaired by the Hon. Justice Lötter Wepener

Date & Time
Saturday 25 November 2017 at 11:00

Venue:
124 Kaalplaats Windsor Road
Parking at 122 Kaalplaats Windsor Road

Speakers:
Malcolm Plant (Chairman: SAVE the VAAL)

Mariette Liefferink – CEO: Federation for a Sustainable Environment

Prof Johann Tempelhoff – Professor – North West `University
Water historian working in trans-disciplinary contexts

Jeremy Ridl – Environmental Law Specialist

RSVP if you are attending
Text or phone Megan
082-9072244 or 082-5705058

 

 

Registration Number - 011015200004

Committee members: Malcolm Plant - 0825662101 (Chairperson); Maureen Stewart (Vice-chairperson) – 0825705058; Thomas du Toit - 082 419 6526; Samson Mokoena – 084 291 8510; Johan Smit- 0832044674; Irene Main - 078 521 1676; Mike Gaade – 0825686826; Belinda Daymond- 0828078888.

Patron: The Hon. Justice W.L. Wepener

 

 

POLLUTION ISSUES IN THE VAAL RIVER

Report

The report may be opened as a PDF document.

 

Page 21 of 22

MINING

Jozi Gold Review

The prestigious Modern Times Review takes a look at Jozi Gold saying: “We see how secrecy and a lack of accountability shored up the power imbalances and oppressive practices of mining, which wrote the troubled history of South Africa as an extractive economy, and as a system of apartheid that mining sustained.” Read the full review here. 

SA NEWS

FSE - DONATION OF TREES AND TREE PLANTING IN SIMUNYE, WEST RAND IN ASSOCIATION WITH SOUTH DEEP MINE

The FSE, in association with Gold Fields’ South Deep Mine, donated 40 white Karee Trees (Searsia penduline) during Arbor Week to the mining affected community of Simunye in the West Rand and participated in the tree planting ceremony with the community of Simunye, the local Municipality and officials from South Deep Mine.  The FSE also delivered a presentation during the ceremony.

"Varkies" gou op hok, maar als nie pluis | Beeld

Article also available for download as an attachment.

Radon Alert - Carte Blanche

Millions of South Africans are exposed to radioactive radon gas in their homes and workplaces every day, as the naturally occurring gas escapes through cracks in the earth. The second leading cause of lung cancer in several countries, radon breaks down and when inhaled, decaying atoms emit alpha radiation that can damage the DNA. There are no safe levels of radon concentration. The United States Environmental Protection Agency emphasises any radon exposure has some risk of causing lung cancer. Carte Blanche investigates why South Africa has no regulations to protect against radon accumulation in the home and what you can do to test your home and prevent lung cancer.   Watch the video here.

WITS Economics & Finance Courses: Mining for Development: The Taxation Linkage

Economics & Finance Courses at the University of the Witwatersrand. Mining for Development: The Taxation Linkage - Understand taxation for development and sustainability in mining. View the course here. Enrolment starts on the 7th of October 2019.

WATER

FSE’s presentation to the Water and Sanitation Sector Leadership Group’s (WSSLG)* Sustainable Development Goal 6 Task Team on Thursday, the 26th of November 2020.

*The Water and Sanitation Sector Leadership Group (WSSLG) is the highest non-statutory strategic sector partnership forum for the South African water sector. The WSSLG serves as a think tank for the water sector and prepares an overarching national action agenda for implementing the National Water and Sanitation Resource Strategy 2 (NWSRS2) and ensures that sound policies, laws, strategies, programmes and institutions are developed to achieve the goals outlined in the NWRS2. The WSSLG also actively facilitates dialogue between the Department of Water and Sanitation, government departments, civil society and the private sector for input, support and contributions to joint strategic and coordinated actions to improve the implementation of water sector policies, strategies and programmes. In its advisory role, the WSSLG provides recommendations on policies, legislation, programmes and strategies and serves as credible forum for stakeholder consultation and involvement in the development of sector policies, legislation, programmes and strategies. Presentation attached for download.

How Relevant are the Vaal Barrage's Catchment Corums

Article in North Star - Vereeniging & Midvaal.Author: Johann Tempelhoff Art...

UNPACKING THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN WATER

PDF article attached for download....