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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.

With about 6,000 abandoned mines across South Africa, regulators are searching for answers to irresponsible mine closure. Mark Olalde reports

Original article can be found here

Financial Provisioning Regulations: Intergovernmental and Stakeholder meeting on the NEMLA Bill and proposed amendments to the Financial Provisioning Regulations

The Minutes may be opened as a PDF document.

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina have published the Proceedings Report  for the Science-Business-Society Dialogue Conference II.

The conference titled “Linking Science, Society, Business and Policy for the Sustainable Use of Abandoned Mines in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region”  was held from 28 – 30 November 2017 at Indaba Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa.   

The Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) participated in the Conference and delivered a presentation titled “Mining-Affected Communities: Risks, Expectations and Opportunities” on the third day of the Conference.  The FSE is a signatory to the attached statement.

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

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.

FSE sharing Carte Blanche

Thursday, 03 May 2018 09:34

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.

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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.