Nuke worries unfounded, says regulator

Written by Tuesday, 25 November 2014 20:21

There is no immediate danger from radiation to communities living in informal settlement, but the "situation was however less than ideal" the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) has stated

Myne in 41 riviere in SA bedryf

Written by Tuesday, 25 November 2014 20:02

Die departement van water en sanitasie het die afgelope drie jaar toegelaat dat mynhuise in 41 riviere, tien vleie en drie panne vir hoofsaaklik steenkool in Mpumalanga myn.  Dit wek koommer dat dit toegelaat word.

Kids deserve a safe environment

Written by Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:58

Enshrined in the Constitution is the right to an environment that is harmful to one's health and wellbeing; and one that is protected for the benefit of present and future generations. This is central to the government's sustainable development agenda, and also to Commissioner Janet Love's portfolio on environment, natural resources and rural development

DA: water levy aims at soft-target taxpayers

Written by Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:25

Acid Water: Treating mine-polluted drainage will cost billions.  But government and mine owners to pay only 10% of cost.

Civil Society: Alarmed by Sasol/Natref "dispute" Featured

Written by Wednesday, 08 October 2014 05:51

A number of civil society organisations have written an open letter to the Minister of Environmental Affairs about the attempts by Sasol and National Petroleum Rifiners of SA to set aside minimum emission standards defined in the Air Quality Act. 

OB genader oor myne wat mors met water Featured

Written by Monday, 18 August 2014 06:34

Daar is nou 48 myne in die land sonder waterlisensies.
“Die name van ’n klomp myne wat ernstige omgewingsoortredings begaan het en jare sonder ’n waterlisensie gemyn het, het skielik van die lys verdwyn. Is hul sondes nou vergewe?”

Gold group lambasted Featured

Written by Wednesday, 18 June 2014 08:59

An environmental and civil rights group has implicated a West Rand-based gold mining company in several alleged contraventions of environmental legislation.

Ode aan SA se Erin Brockoviche

Written by Tuesday, 17 June 2014 21:45

Moenie met ’n vrou mors nie, jy sal tweede kom.
Suid-Afrika het ’n trotse geskiedenis van brawe vroue wat hier opgestaan het vir wat reg is.
Frances Baard, Helen Suzman, Lilian Ngoyi, Patricia de Lille, Mariette Liefferink, Charlotte Maxeke, Irene Grootboom, Thuli Madonsela, Mamphela Ramphele en Sophia Williams-De Bruyn is almal vroue wat ons gedeelde geskiedenis ten goede verander het en steeds doen. En Emily Hobhouse, wat onthou sal word vir haar ontbloting van die gruwels in die Boere-konsentrasiekampe.

Deur Adriaan Basson

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Environmental lobby group the Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) has laid criminal charges against tailings extractor Mintails for noncompliance to its integrated water use licence (WUL) for its West Rand-based retreatment operations, saying it will also report the matter to the Office of the Public Protector for investigation.
According to the group, a March audit by Mintails adviser and environmental risk analyst Dr Anthony Turton of the company’s WUL revealed several areas of noncompliance.

The anti-corruption ombud has begun a probe into water pollution allegedly caused by mining companies.

MINING

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.  

Presentations at the conference "Sustainable Use of Abandoned Mines in the SADC Region"

Presentations, including the FSE’s presentation, held at the conference “Linki...

Palmietkuilen Coal Mining Project Rejected

The Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) has refused ...

SA NEWS

Battle to save Marico's river

De Beers has secured rights to prospect for kimberlite in the sensitive catchment of Groot Marico, but residents worry that minim firms could damage their pristine river, writes Sheree Bega

Saturday Star - No holds barred in draft National Master Plan for Water

Saturday Star January 27 2018 No holds barred in draft National Master Plan for Water   Sheree Bega   South Africa’s water scarcity could rapidly get worse as supply contracts and demand escalates due to growth, urbanisation, unsustainable use, degradation of wetlands, water losses and a decline in rainfall because of climate change. This is one of the warnings contained in the new draft National Master Plan for Water and Sanitation. Based on current demand projections, the water deficit confronting the country could be between 2.7 and 3.8 billion cubic metres, a gap of about 17%, by 2030. As of July last year, according to the draft plan, South Africa has consumed more water per capita at about 237 * /c/d than the world average of around 173 * /c/d. To address crippling water shortages, desalinated sea water in coastal areas, and treated waste water, will increasingly be brought into the water mix - together with an increase in the use of groundwater. Desalination plants should “not be implemented as an emergency scheme, only to be used intermittently or during times of drought and inadequate supply from the conventional water resources,” the draft plan cautions. “These schemes are too costly to be moth-balled for any length of time.”

THE IMPACT OF MINING ON THE SOUTH AFRICAN ECONOMY AND LIVING STANDARDS

  POLITICS WEB MINING AND PEOPLE: THE IMPACT OF MINING ON THE SOUTH AFRICAN ECONOMY AND LIVING STANDARDS INTRODUCTION AND SYNOPSIS There are two ways of looking at mining in South Africa. The first is to see it as a sunset industry plagued by rising costs, technical difficulties, and political hostility. The second is to see it as an industry well positioned for a new lease of life despite all the vicissitudes. Even though the attractiveness of South Africa for mining investment has declined, the country still has the world's richest reserves of precious minerals and base metals. Companies both large and small would like to exploit these. Some are doing so despite the political threats. Even more will do so if the threats can be effectively managed or reduced. According to the Chamber of Mines, investment over the next few years could almost double in the absence of threats.

FSE’s Preliminary Comments on the Minister of Water and Sanitation’s decision to consolidate the 9 Catchment Management Agencies into one Catchment Management Agency.

  (Reg. No. 2007/003002/08) NPO NUMBER 062986-NPO PBO No. (TAX EXEMPT) 930 039 506 Postnet Suite 87 Private Bag X033 RIVONIA 2128   COMMENTS ON THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND SANITATION’S DECISION TO IMPLEMENT A SINGLE CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT AGENCY (CMA) TO PERFORM WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT FUNCTION IN THE NINE WATER MANAGEMENT AREAS.  The following comments are submitted on behalf of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment. The Federation for a Sustainable Environment (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. The FSE’s 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.  

WATER

SUBMISSION ON THE DWS MASTER PLAN

WRITTEN SUBMISSION ON THE DRAFT 2.6: NATIONAL WATER AND SANITATION MASTER PLAN (NW&SMP)  In this document, the Federation for a Sustainable Environment (“FSE”) submits comments on the National Water and Sanitation Master Plan, draft 2.6 (the “draft plan”).  THE 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.    In accordance with the above-mentioned mission, the FSE’s comments are limited to matters pertaining to the mining industry. The FSE’s comments will be substantiated by real examples within the scope of the FSE’s experience and our active participation in a significant number of environmental impacts assessments, environmental management programme reports, water use license applications, environmental authorisations, steering committees, forums, task teams, teams of experts, academic research groups, boards, etc. over a period of 15 (fifteen years).[1] [1] Kindly note that the Legal Resources Centre assisted with this publication.

Coalition defending Mpumalanga water source area

Last week, the coalition of eight civil society and community organisations that...