Appeal against Water Use License
UPDATE: Appeal against Water Use License issued to Atha-Africa Ventures (Pty) Ltd to be heard at a future date In December 2016, the Endangered Wildlife Trust and the Federation for a Sustainable Environment appealed against the grant of a water use licence to Atha-Africa Ventures (Pty) Ltd (Atha) for its proposed Yzermyn underground coal mine in the Mabola Protected Environment.
FSE COMMENTS - Millsite Tailings Storage Facility Reclamation Project
Comments on the Millsite Tailings Storage Facility Reclamation Project: Wetland Sensitivity Mapping and Impact Assessment Freshwater Resource Assessment in the Vicinity of the Proposed Lindum Railway Decommissioning Freshwater Resource Assessment in the Vicinity of the Proposed Millsite Reclamation Surface Water Assessment Report Groundwater Assessment Report Integrated Water Use Licence Application for the Sibanye-Stillwater Rand Uranium/Cooke Operations Integrated Water and Waste Management Plan in support of the WULA The following comments are submitted on behalf of the Federation for Sustainable Environment (FSE). The FSE is a federation of community based civil society organisations committed to the realisation of the constitutional right to an environment that is not harmful to health or well-being, and to having the environment sustainably managed and protected for future generations. Their mission is specifically focussed on addressing the adverse impacts of mining and industrial activities on the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable and disadvantaged communities who live and work near South Africa’s mines and industries.
Award for FSE's CEO
The "Sustainability Leadership Award" will be conferred by World Sustainability* on Mariette Liefferink, the CEO of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment on the 11th October 2017 in Dubai.
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PUBLIC MEETING SAVE the VAAL is hosting a public meeting to discusspollution issues in the Vaal River.The meeting will be chaired by the Hon. Justice Lötter Wepener Date & TimeSaturday 25 November 2017 at 11:00 Venue:124 Kaalplaats Windsor RoadParking 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 `UniversityWater historian working in trans-disciplinary contexts Jeremy Ridl – Environmental Law Specialist RSVP if you are attendingText or phone Megan082-9072244 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.
Govt, NGOs and industry joining forces to fend off acid mine water threat
Sand Dump 20 within the Randfontein residential area was allegedly the largest man made sand dump in the world. Sand Dump 20 was a significant source of dust fallout and water pollution.
As early as 1987, the US Environmental Protection Agency recognised that “.....problems related to mining waste may be rated as second only to global warming and stratospheric ozone depletion in terms of ecological risk. The release to the environment of mining waste can result in profound, generally irreversible destruction of ecosystems.”
The Green Scorpions have hauled three directors of Blyvooruitzicht and Village Main Reef gold mining companies to court for alleged significant pollution and environmental degradation.
The expansion of a mining project that cuts through a protected water system and a proposed wildlife migration corridor in North West province has been given the go-ahead by environmental authorities. The Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE), a group of community-based civil society organisations, has appealed the authorisation – arguing that “environmental decisions must achieve a balance between environmental and socio-economic developmental considerations through the concept of sustainable development”. Read the full artiicle, including comment from the community, on OXPECKERS. Documentation is also available on the site.
A pioneering conservation plan to create a wildlife corridor linking the Pilanesberg National Park and the Madikwe Game Reserve appears to have collapsed because of mining and farming pressure in the North West Region.
The Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) has appealed the environmental authorisation for the expansion of the mining operations of Pilanesberg Platinum Mines within a highest biodiversity sensitive area and a national freshwater ecosystem priority area, which the FSE alleges, will adversely impact on the functionality and viability of the proposed Heritage Park. It is envisioned that the proposed Heritage Park will establish the third largest conservation estate of about 270 000ha to ultimately create a migratory corridor for bigger mammals by combining the Pilanesberg National Park with the Madikwe Game Reserve.
WESSA paid tribute to a wide range of outstanding environmental achievements with the presentation of the organisation’s Annual Awards. These Awards were presented at the organisation’s 90th AGM, and Mariette Liefferink of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment was one of the recipients.
The World Health Organization is collecting hair samples west of Johannesburg to see if residents near South Africa’s biggest city are suffering from excessive uranium pollution due to ore dumps from 130 years of gold mining.
Mariette Liefferink, omgewingsaktivis, is die blondekop wat TV-kykers van die nuus, van 50/50, of van Carte Blanche dikwels op mynhope sien rondstap. Corne Coetzee het met haar gesels.
The future of the uranium mining industry will be largely dependent on the price of the commodity and the profitability of uranium mines, while demand for uranium in nuclear power stations and potentially for nuclear weapons remains the main driver for the commodity.
‘n Dringende vergadering is onlangs in die EHS Landbou-akademie se saal gehou waartydens talle boere hul kommer oor die toestand van damme en riviere in the Hoeveldstreek en elders uitgespreek het.
Mariette Liefferink, CEO of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment, a influential organisation in the mining sector. Liefferink speaks on Classic FM about Acid Mine Drainage. To listen, visit this link: http://www.classicfm.co.za/classic-lifestyle/podcasts/2016/january/19-january-2016/acid-mine-drainage/view
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