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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 16:02

FSE's Report for March 2019

The report is attached for download.

Summary of water quantity and quality challenges within the Vaal River system grounded upon the information which was presented by the Department of Water and Sanitation's Directorate: National water resource planning to the strategy steering Committee (SSC) for the continuation of the integrated Vaal River system.

Reconciliation Strategy Guide – PHASE 2 attached for donwload.

Find the following documents attached for donwload:

  • FSE comments on EIA EMPR
  • Cold Gold Trading PTD Ltd - FSE Appeal Response Report
  • FSE Objection to the Water Use License Application - Authorisation - Palmietkuilen Mine
  • FSE Comments - Reclamation of City Deep Dumps - Draft Scoping Report
  • FSE Comments - Reclamation of Rooi Kraal Dumps - Draft EIA Report
  • The Reclamation and Reprocessing of City Deep and Rooi Kraal Dumps in Johannesburg Gauteng Province.
Friday, 05 April 2019 16:25

ACG Paste 2019 Conference

The Australian Centre for Geomechanics will be holding the  22nd International Conference on Paste, Thickened and Filtered Tailings in Cape Town, South Africa from 8–10 May 2019, in collaboration with Paterson & Cooke.

 

This will be the fifth time that the event will be held in Southern Africa: Pilanesberg (2001), Cape Town (2004), Botswana (2008) and Rustenburg (2012).

Southern Africa, as a region, is water scarce and has experienced severe droughts for the last few years. Together with changes in local legislation requiring facilities to be lined, there is a renewed interest in paste and thickened tailings and dry stack filter options in the region.

Mariette Liefferink, the CEO of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment, South Africa will be presenting the keynote address on the 10th of May 2019, titled “Selected extracts from South Africa’s environmental legislation, challenges with the management of gold tailings within the Witwatersrand gold fields and case studies”

 

See program here.

Notes on the Gauteng EIA Sector Stakeholder Seminar - 12 March 2019 are attached for download.

 

Monday, 01 April 2019 11:58

2019 SA Mining: FSE on a war path

Environmental Management

An article written by Nelendhre Moodley in SA Mining is attached as PDF.

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Access to water is a hot topic in South Africa - and a growing number of countries hit by climate change, burgeoning populations and poor governance

By Kim Harrisberg

 

Faeces in the kitchen: South Africans call for better sewage systems

by Kim Harrisberg | @KimHarrisberg | Thomson Reuters Foundation

Thursday, 21 March 2019 07:59 GMT

 

JOHANNESBURG, March 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Raw excrement, condoms and sanitary products regularly spill into homes and parks, South Africans said ahead of Friday's World Water Day - just some of about 4.5 billion people globally without safe sanitation, promised for all by 2030.

Residents are lobbying for urgent rehabilitation of sewage works by South Africa's Department of Water and Sanitation, widely criticised for lack of investment, non-payment of contractors, poor revenue collection, water theft and leakage.

"We have had water flowing into our street and home for the last three years," Heather Crosley, who lives in South Africa's biggest city, Johannesburg, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

"When it rains heavily, the manhole lids blows off; sewage rushes down the road and sometimes comes into our kitchen. We have found condoms, tampons and faeces in our kitchen on more than one occasion."

Under global development goals agreed in 2015, governments pledged to provide access to water and sanitation for all by 2030. But three in 10 people worldwide do not have a water source free from faecal and chemical contamination.

The spokesman for the water department, Sputnik Ratau, said setting up an independent regulator to improve management was "paramount", although he did not have a specific timeline.

"The Ministry and Department are seized with the work of ensuring this comes to pass," he said.

Access to water is a hot topic in South Africa - and a growing number of countries hit by climate change, burgeoning populations and poor governance - as drought last year triggered warnings that Cape Town's taps could run dry.

In Johannesburg's Soweto township, residents often see untreated waste water and excrement flow into tributaries that lead to the Vaal River, one of the country's main water sources.

"In Snake Park, sewage is currently flowing into a community-built park so the children have nowhere safe to play," said community activist Tiny Dlamini.

Untreated water can cause diarrhea and cholera, which can be fatal, particularly for children.

About 56 percent of South Africa's waste water treatment works are in a poor or critical state, said Mariette Liefferink, head of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment, which campaigns against water pollution caused by mining.

"This is a perfect storm of mismanagement that currently impacts 14 million South Africans without access to decent sanitation," said Christine Colvin, a water expert with the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa.

(Reporting by Kim Harrisberg @kimharrisberg, Editing by Katy Migiro. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women's and LGBT+ rights, human trafficking, property rights, and climate change. Visit http://news.trust.org

Sunday, 24 March 2019 10:41

FSE's ACTIVITES IN FEBRUARY 2019

The document is attached for download.

INFORMATION ON:

  1. The Gauteng EIA Sector Stakeholder Seminar, which was held on the 12 March 2019; and 
  2. The Department of Water and Sanitation, Directorate: National Water Resource Planning - Strategy Steering Committee (SSC) meeting for the continuation of the Integrated Vaal River System Reconciliation Strategy Study – Phase 2, which was held on the 13th of March, 2019.

The FSE is in possession of the subjoined presentations and supporting documentation pertaining to the Gauteng EIA Sector Stakeholder Seminar, which the FSE will forward on request. 


The FSE’s presentation is attached hereto.

These documents include:

  • The Phased Activities Explanatory Document, updated in February 2015. 
  • Presentations from:

1.   EAPASA and 

2.   The Federation for a Sustainable Environment.

  • The following Explanatory documents: 
    • EIA Validity Period Explanatory Document
    • Clearance of Indigenous Vegetation  Explanatory Document
    • Decommissioning Explanatory Document
    • Regulation 54A Explanatory Document
  • The Activities and Time-Lines Document.  This document will assist in understanding Section 24G applications and / or identification of listed or specified activities (if any). 
  • DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT GAUTENG (GDARD) PROVINCIAL ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK STANDARD
  • GDARD: Presentation of the Mapping of Environmental Decisions
  • Presentations by Department of Mineral Resources (North West, Western Cape and KZN) (attached) – unfortunately DMR (Gauteng Region) did not present
  • Presentations of DEA:
    • IPS and NEMA Section 24G
    • Waste Management Licencing 
    • CSPS Admin
    • EIAs 
  • Energy Applications Explanatory Document for GNR 779
    • Annexure A: Published Notice –GNR 779 of 1 July 2016
    • Annexure B: Electricity Regulations on New Generation Capacity
    • Annexure C: Renewable Energy Determination
    • Annexure D: Coal and Hydro Determination
    • Annexure E: Gas Determination
    • Annexure F: Cogeneration Determination
    • Annexure G: Nuclear Determination

The FSE is a member of the Department of Water and Sanitation’s Steering Committee for the Continuation of the Integrated Vaal River System reconciliation Strategy Study – Phase 2 and participated in the 2nd SCC which was held on the 13th of February, 2019.

The Agenda included the following Items:

  1. Study Progress Overview
  2. Parallel National and International Processes
    1. National Water and Sanitation Master Plan
    2. ORASECOM Climate Resilient Water Resources Investment Strategy and L-BWT project
  3. Strategy Interventions (Current Status)
    1. Water conservation/water Demand Management (Urban Sector)
    2. Rand Water Project 1600
    3. City of Tshwane Water Resources Master Plan Implementation
    4. Irrigation Management

i.      Eradication of Unlawful Irrigation

ii.      DWS Water Management Plans

iii.      Implementation of LHWP Phase 2

iv.      Noordoewer/Vioolsdrift Dam Feasibility Study

v.      Water Quality Management

        1. Implementation of Long-Term AMD Solution
        2. Dilution Assessment
        3. Water Quality Management Strategy TOR

4. Water Balance Status

 

The FSE will supply the above-mentioned presentations on request.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019 14:37

FSE'S ARTICLES IN SPILPUNT

Click on the issues below to view FSE's articles in Spilpunt magazine.

(credit to Spilpunt magazine)

 

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