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FSE's SUBMISSION PURSUANT TO THE MINUTES OF THE FPR AND NEMLA BILL STAKEHOLDER MEETING HELD ON 24 MAY 2018 We refer to the Minutes of the Stakeholder Meeting which was held on the 24May 2018 pertaining to the proposed FPR and NEMLA Bill. The following article has relevance to the FPR and NEMLA Bill. The article may be opened here as a PDF document.

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Right2Know Joint Statement on attacks on activists in SA

The R2K statement is now available – attached, and see here online:  Here it is on Twitter:  19 July 2018   JOINT STATEMENT: We strongly condemn attacks on civil society organisations and activists! The undersigned organisations condemn the recent vicious attacks on environmental justice activists in South Africa. In one case, we are outraged at the reported murder on 11 July 2018 of Mr D Mpanza, an activist who had opposed a relocation of the community in KwaDube in KwaZulu Natal. KZN violence monitor Mary de Haas has reported that people living on this land have been informed by various authorities that they must be relocated to accommodate onshore mining operations between Mthunzini and Richards Bay. According to De Haas, Mr Mpanza was shot dead, execution-style, on 11 July when travelling home from Esikhawini. Of the companions he was travelling with he alone was targeted. In another case, we note an escalating campaign of social media attacks by those associated with an Mpumalanga mining project, on a number of South African environmental rights organisations.[1] The campaign is led by the senior vice president of Indian-owned mining company Atha-Africa Ventures Pty Ltd, which is facing multiple legal challenges from these organisations to its applications to mine coal in a strategic water source area and protected environment in Mpumalanga[2]. This campaign is made up of various accusations and threats on social media which are designed to intimidate, silence and discourage activists who are lawfully opposing a coal mine in a strategic water source area and protected environment. He has publicly accused these organisations of “treason” and an “anti-national agenda”. These unfounded attacks are intolerable in our Constitutional democracy. The South African Constitution guarantees the right to freedom of expression, freedom of the press, the right to access to justice, and the right to just administrative action. South Africa also has a long tradition of activism and civil society mobilisation to uphold our Constitution and defend Constitutional values. More than two years have passed since cde Bazooka Rhadebe, an anti-mining activist in Xolobeni, was assassinated on the Wild Coast in 2016. To date nobody has been brought to book for his murder. Across the world, corporations have employed intimidation and violence when their commercial interests are challenged by activists, especially activists defending natural resources and environmental rights. The murder and assault of environmental activists are already common occurrences in many parts of the world.[3] We strongly condemn both physical and verbal attacks on civil society organisations and activists. In the case of Mr Mpanza, we call for the speedy arrest and successful prosecution of his killers, and immediate protection for other residents who oppose the relocation in KwaDube. Furthermore we call for the authorities to give full information and participation to the community on this proposed relocation, and respect the voices of those who oppose it. In the case of Atha-Africa, we call on the Minerals Council of South Africa (formerly the Chamber of Mines) to state publicly that it will revoke the membership of any company whose employees engage in this type of conduct. The mining authorities cannot remain silent when companies operating in South Africa unlawfully intimidate and threaten activists exercising their Constitutional rights. #Ends Endorsed by: Abahlali Basemjondolo African Centre for Biodiversity AIDS Foundation of South Africa Amnesty International SA (Durban Chapter) Asonet Association for Progressive Communications (International) Bench Marks Foundation Biowatch SA BirdLife South Africa Body Corporate of King Shaka Estate Centre for Applied Legal Studies Centre for Constitutional Rights Centre for Environmental Rights Children's Radio Foundation       (International) Corruption Watch Door To Door foundation Earthjustice       (International) Earthlife Africa Durban Earthlife Africa Joburg EarthLore Foundation EDO NSW (International) Ekogaia Foundation Ekurhuleni Environmental Organisation Endangered Wildlife Trust Environmental Justice Australia       (International) Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (International) Environmental Monitoring Group Federation for a Sustainable Environment Fireflies Memorial (International) GenderCC Southern Africa - Women for Climate Justice Global Environmental Trust Greenpeace Durban Local Group groundWork Heinrich Boell Stiftung Southern Africa (International) Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (International) International Labour Research and Information Group (ILRIG) Izingwenya Youth Development Just Share KRC KZN Monitor Land and Accountability Research Centre, University of Cape Town Lawyers for Human Rights Lihlithemba Community Organisation Market Users Committee Mayine Community Movement MCEJO Media Monitoring Africa Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organisation Mining and Environmental Justice Communities Network of South Africa (MEJCON-SA) MSF (KZN) MUC My Vote Counts No Nukes Asia Forum Japan (International) Noordhoek Environmental Action Group Open Democracy Advice Centre Parliamentary Monitoring Group PHA Food & Farming Campaign Popular Education Programme Reid Incorporated Attorneys Right2Know Campaign SAVE UNIZULU Schoeman and Associates Schubart Park community SCLC Sekhukhune Environmental Justice Network SHINE Simunye Workers Forum Sisonke Environmental Justice Network Social and Environmental Justice in Action Social Justice Coalition South African Youth Climate Change Coalition South Durban Community Environmental Alliance Sustaining the Wild Coast TAC (KZN) Teens And Youth Health C.N The Gaia Foundation (International) ToadNUTs Ubukhosi bezandla NPC Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance Vaaloewer Ratepayers Association Voices of the Poor Concerned Residents (VPCR) Vukani Environmental Movement (VEM) Waterberg Environmental Justice Forum (WEJF) Waterberg Women Advocacy Organization Well Worn Theatre Company Western Cape Water Caucus Wilderness Foundation Africa Women and Democracy Initiative, Dullah Omar Institute Women Revolution WoMin African Alliance (International) WPCN Youens Attorneys For media comments contact: Biko Mutsaurwa, R2K NWG Member: 079 915 5220 Ngazini Ngidi, R2K NWG Member: 071 105 2507 ONLINE VERSION:   Note to media: Please attribute contents of this statement to the mentioned organisations not to any individuals unless you contact a spokesperson for specific comments.     [1] These organisations include Centre for Environmental Rights, the Mining and Environmental Justice Community Network of South Africa, groundWork, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, BirdLife South Africa, the Endangered Wildlife Trust, the Federation for a Sustainable Environment, the Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD), the Bench Marks Foundation and WWF South Africa. 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TUDOR SHAFT INFORMAL SETTLEMENT:  THE FSE'S DECADE OF WHISTLEBLOWING, LOBBING AND ACTIVISM FINALLY RESULTING IN RELOCATION AND REMEDIATION Parliament presses on for Tudor Shaft community relocation Tuesday, March 1, 2011 By:  Francis Hweshe Cape Town - Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Energy has urged the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) to speed up its pace in trying to assist the Tudor Shaft community in Gauteng, where high levels of radiation were detected.

Tour of the West Rand gold fields 2018

The FSE conducted a tour of the West Rand gold fields, DRD Gold’s and Sibanye-Stillwater’s operations and Gold Fields’ South Deep operations with an investment analyst of Perspective Investment Management on the 25th of June, 2018. The FSE conducted a tour of the West Rand gold fields on the 2nd of July 2018 with Mr Nick Holland, the CEO of Gold Fields and concluded the tour with a visit to Gold Fields’ South Deep Mine.

North West Parks Under Threat

Embattled North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has set his sights on the wildlife reserve within the province, propose a bill last week that would repeal the north West Parks board.  Should the bill be passed, the North West government would have full access to all the wildlife resources within the province.  The wold-renowned Pilanesberg National Park and Game Reserve is one of the parks in jeopardy .-Saturday Star



SUMMARY OF WATER RELATED CHALLENGES IN SOUTH AFRICA 2018 INTRODUCTION This summary was compiled by the Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) grounded upon its involvement as member of the various organs of state’s project steering committees, study steering committees, expert steering committees, advisory committees, task teams, forums, etc. since and prior to its inauguration in 2007.

Appeal against Water Use License

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WATER ISSUES: Continuation of the Integrated Vaal River System Reconciliation Strategy

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