'End of era' as miner faces environmental charges

Written by Thursday, 03 March 2011 05:46

In a possible first for SA, a mining company, a director, and some of its senior staff face criminal charges for contravening several environmental laws, two environmental organisations said yesterday. They face collective fines of up to R18,6m.

The Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE)  warned of catastrophic effects on Johannesburg's water if new mines are opened in Mpumalanga.

A Federation of environment groups is to investigate taking legal action against proposed laws that they say would grant property developers a "free-for-all" and leave the environment with little, if any, protection against them.

Mariette Liefferink calls it the smell of death. And after all the years she has spent fighting mining pollution, the environmental activist doesn’t even gag at the strong stench of sulphur wafting from the old mining shaft behind her.

A Conference and an Award

Written by Monday, 16 June 2008 02:15

The Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) hereby congratulates The National Association of Conservancies of South Africa (NACSA) and its Chairperson, Anthony Duigan, his wife, Helen Duigan and its Operations Director, Mercia Komen on a very successful “Seeding Sustainable Living: the power of conservancies" Conference, held at the Sizanani Conference Centre in Bronkhorstspruit on the 14th and 15th of June, 2008.

Die hoofamptenaar van die Federasie vir ’n Volhoubare Omgewing (FVO) wat op ’n vergadering oor die toekoms van die Wonderfonteinspruit en die Mooirivier in Potchefstroom weggewys is, het ’n klag by die openbare beskermer (OB) ingedien.

Me. Mariëtte Liefferink het in ’n brief aan die OB beweer mnr. Ben Nell van die Tlokwe-plaaslike owerheid het haar die reg op vryheid van spraak ontsê toe hy haar by die Kromdraai-forum belet het.


Written by Wednesday, 26 March 2008 03:36

Inwoners van die Ermelo-gebied is saam met die omgewingsgroep die Federasie vir ’n Volhoubare Omgewing (FVO) ontsteld omdat die myngroep Xstrata Coal vier nuwe steenkoolmyne in die omgewing wil begin.


Written by Sunday, 09 March 2008 02:00

Die omgewingsorganisasie die Federasie vir ’n Volhoubare Omgewing (FVO) se voorstel dat die nasionale regering ’n geïntegreerde beplanningsraamwerk vir Suid-Afrika se waterbronne moet opstel, is nie alleen sinryk nie, maar in dié stadium waarskynlik noodsaaklik.

NGO's action leads to a "first"

Written by Saturday, 19 January 2008 12:40

There is currently a paper being drafted which is believed will be for international distribution. The paper alleges that, with reference to the Wonderfonteinspruit Catchment, NGOs are active for the very fist time in the history of mine water management in South Africa.