Minutes_FPR and NEMLA Bill_Stakeholder Meeting held on 24 May 2018
Financial Provisioning Regulations: Intergovernmental and Stakeholder meeting on the NEMLA Bill and proposed amendments to the Financial Provisioning Regulations The Minutes may be opened as a PDF document.
PUBLIC STATEMENT BY THE FEDERATION FOR A SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT (FSE) IN RESPONSE TO MR TRIPATHI'S ALLEGATIONS ON HIS TWITTER ACCOUNT
The Federation for a Sustainable Environment has noted allegations made by Atha Africa Ventures’ CEO Praveer Tripathi, on his Twitter account.
OBJECTION TO THE AUTHORISATION OF THE PROSPECTING RIGHTS APPLICATION FOR LWENZHE RESOURCES - FILE REFERENCE NO. SAMRAD: NW
It is part of our law that the potential impact of a development on the sense of place of an area must be considered. In the case of Director: Mineral Development Gauteng Region and another v. Save the Vaal Environment and others 1999 (2) SA 709 (SCA) at 715C, the Supreme Court of Appeals with regard to a proposed mine on a wetland next to the Vaal river, identified as an environmental concern the “…predicted constant noise, light, dust and water pollution resulting from the proposed strip mine will totally destroy the ‘sense of place’ of the wetland and the associated Cloudy Creek. Thus the spiritual, aesthetic and therapeutic qualities associated with this area will also be eliminated.” This finding by the court established sense of place, as an environmental concern that can be impacted upon by development and that should be considered accordingly. The EAP failed to consider the impacts – as experienced by tourists - of the activity on the unique sense of place of the Pilanesberg National Park, the Kwa Maritane Lodge and Sun City. Sense of place has an economic value.
Comments on the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site (COHWHS) Integrated Management Plan
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.
Spilpunt is an information magazine which is compiled and published by the Obaro Group.
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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