Editor

Editor

The Federation for a Sustainable Environment has noted allegations made by Atha Africa Ventures’ CEO Praveer Tripathi, on his Twitter account.

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.

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.

Proposed amendments as a result of the public comment period 24 May 2018

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 10:54

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

The FSE participated in the 20 years of Environment Impact Assessment in South Africa in Durban on Wednesday, the 16th of May 2018.  The FSE was invited by the Department of Environmental Affairs to present on behalf of civil society on the subject matter.  The FSE’s presentation and the DDG: LACE’s presentations are attached hereto.

See also Saturday Star of May 19 2018’s article titled “Striving for balance.”

The FSE participated in the 2nd Nuclear Regulatory Information Conference, which was held at the Indaba Hotel and Conference Venue in Johannesbug on the 16 – 18th of May 2018.  The Conference was hosted by the National Nuclear Regulator of South Africa.  The FSE was invited to present on the 17th of May 2018 on the subject “Remediation.”  The FSE’s presentation is attached hereto.

Tasman Pacific Minerals Ltd has requested Ferret Mining & Environmental Services (Pty) Ltd to advise all Interested and Affected parties that the Quaggasfontein mining right application and the Matjeskloof prospecting right application in the Western Cape have been withdrawn.  An application to relinquish the Davidskolk prospecting right in the Northern Cape has also been submitted.

Thursday, 03 May 2018 09:34

FSE sharing Carte Blanche

Snake Park

Situated next to one of the world’s largest mine dumps, Snake Park near Soweto, is a community in distress with an unusually high number of Cerebral Palsy, respiratory diseases and inexplicable deformities in animals.  With a growing body of evidence linking toxic dust in mine dumps to various illnesses in nearby communities, it appears environmental issues are to blame for these and other medical conditions. The circumstantial evidence is compelling, but there are still no empirical studies to make conclusive links. Carte Blanche searches for answers.

Watch the video here.

Children of the Mountain

There is nothing that upsets me more than seeing people suffer, especially those who are less fortunate than most. People whose lives are riddled with poverty, crime and a lack of resources. What is even more heartbreaking, is to see the children raised in these circumstances, who have little hope and almost nothing going for them. It’s unfortunate that even after such a long time, we are still crippled by our past and suffocate from life due to inequality, economic imbalances and a government which seems not to care.

Watch the video here

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.

The landscapes of the Gauteng City-Region (GCR) can be traced back to about 3 000 million years ago when a depression in the earth formed an inland sea. Rivers flowing through the area drained into the depression and deposited sediment which would later become one of the largest deposits of mineral wealth on Earth.

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