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In response to the country's need to take an improved integrated approach to Water Quality Management, the Department of Water and Sanitation has recently initiated a project to revise its current Water Quality Management (WQM) Policies and Strategies.

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Government’s acknowledgment of the severity of acid mine drainage (AMD) in the Witwatersrand, Gauteng, and the subsequent priority given to taking steps to alleviate the problem are of “significant importance”, states Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) CEO Mariette Liefferink.

South African minister of water and sanitation announced earlier in the month that her department was ready to implement a long term strategy to deal with acid mine drainage. The acid has been a source of pollution known to gold miners and activists for over 100 years. Angelo Coppola of CCTV has more.

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Wednesday, 13 April 2016 05:11

Carte Blanche: "Nuclear Fallout"

A ground-breaking study is underway to investigate the extent to which uranium-rich waste, left over from 130 years of gold mining, is a health hazard for residents exposed to dust and contaminated water.

Friday, 08 April 2016 17:28

Nukes Conference - Video

The video "Nukes Conference", a brief documentation of the "Nucleaerization of Africa"-Conference, Johannesburg, November 2015, has been released, giving an impression of the discussions and outcomes of the conference in Africa. 

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A collection of stories and comments in the wake of the assassination of Sikhosiphi ‘Bazooka’ Rhadebe, anti-mining activist. 

The Federation for a Sustainable Environment and its directors extend deepest sympathy to the dear family of Bazooka Radebe.   This is indeed a great and irreparable loss not only to his family but also to fellow activists.  
He will be deeply mourned by all of us and his courageous protagonism and integrity will be ever remembered.

The Wild Coast anti-mining activist Mr Sikhosiphi “Bazooka” Rhadebe was assisinated at his home in Xolobeni on South Africa’s Wild Coast on Tuesday 22 March 2016.

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 19:17

Blyoor issues again to the fore

Residents of Blyvoor were this week still not sure what their future would bring.

According to Blyvoor's provisional liquidator, Mr Leigh Roering, the mine's liquidation is set to be finalised towards the end of May, despite the fact that some administration would still have to be done after this time. At this stage only the mine's No. 5 rock stock pile and the assets of Shaft no. 2 still need to be sold.

Mariette Liefferink, CEO of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment, a influential organisation in the mining sector. Liefferink speaks on Classic FM about Acid Mine Drainage. 

To listen, visit this link: http://www.classicfm.co.za/classic-lifestyle/podcasts/2016/january/19-january-2016/acid-mine-drainage/view

 

Monday, 28 December 2015 09:22

Feedback in pictures

The Federation for a Sustainable Environment co-hosted the recent Nuclearisation of Africa Conference.  The event brought together experts and interested parties on matters relating to nuclear energy, waste and mining of radio-active material. 

MINING

Tours of West Rand gold fields

The FSE conducts regular tours with interested and affected parties, of the West Rand gold fields and Sibanye Gold’s operations. 

Mine Shafts: Accidents waiting to happen

  Eighty-two shafts without warning signs.  Twenty-two open shafts.  Three wate...

Residents left in the dark over AMD treatment

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has been accused of “authorising po...

SA NEWS

Lauded for research on SA acid mine drainage

The launch of Acid mine drainage in South Africa: Development actors, policy impacts and broader implications, by Suvania Naidoo, took place on 10 February 2017. The book has proven to be a timely publication because of the incipient water crisis in South Africa. The event was hosted by Unisa’s Department of Development Studies in the College of Human Sciences. The guests were welcomed by the chair of the department, Prof Gretchen du Plessis, who expressed that “development studies is an ever-changing discipline and is a space where different issues converge”. She further stated that the book fills a void in our knowledge about acid mine drainage (AMD) and that the publication is “an example of hard work which results in big achievements”.

Truth of the dust that brings death

  A new hard-hitting report from Harvard Law School details how South Africa has failed to meet its human rights obligations concerning gold mining in and around Joburg. Bonnie Docherty, who led the research, spoke to Sheree Bega

Harvard Report: The Cost of Gold

A report has been published by the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic titled "The Cost of Gold: Environmental, Health, and Human Rights Consequences of Gold Mining in South Africa’s West and Central Rand.   The reports states, "The complex web of responsible government agencies and repeated legislative changes to that organizational structure have impeded the development of a coordinated plan to deal with the negative effects of mining. The limited scope of action, inadequate attention to at-risk communities, and insufficient consideration of environmental concerns have undermined the completeness of any response."

SA hasn't protected residents from gold mine pollution: Harvard report

JOHANNESBURG South Africa has failed to protect residents affected by pollution from contaminated water and mine dumps over more than 130 years of gold mining near Johannesburg, an independent investigation by the Harvard Law School said.

WATER

Eastern Basin acid water plant is "sledgehammer"

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has used a "sledgehammer" for its R1bn treatment plant for acid mine drainage (AMD) on the Eastern mining basin that could ultimately create more toxic water.  This is the view of water strategy and consulting mining hydrologist Kym Morton, who believes government is "wasting money" by pumping large volumes of water and adding lime that makes it alkaline but still toxic and hazardous. 

SABC Health Talk, Environmental Health: 25 February 2017

Focus on preventing illness rather than incurring the expense of treatment....

Rand Water tightens the taps in Gauteng

In the Midvaal suburb where Sipho Mosai lives, the gardens are lush and green be...