HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION - REPORT ON THE NATIONAL HEARING ON THE UNDERLYING SOCIO-ECONOMIC CHALLENGES OF MINING AFFECTED COMMUNITIES
The SAHRC launched its Report on the National Hearing on the Underlying Socio-economic Challenges of Mining-affected Communities in South Africa on the 22nd of August 2018. The FSE participated in the Hearing and many of its issues of concern are addressed in the Report. The Report may be opened here as a PDF document.
The Department of Public Law at the University of Pretoria hosted a launch of its LLM and MPhil programmes in Environmental Law, coordinated by Ms Melanie Murcott, Senior Lecturer, Environmental and Administrative Law, in February 2017.
The FSE will be presenting at a keynote panel discussion at "The Water Show Africa" on the 29th of March.
The FSE conducts regular tours with interested and affected parties, of the West Rand gold fields and Sibanye Gold’s operations.
Focus on preventing illness rather than incurring the expense of treatment.
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”.
Mariette Liefferink, CEO of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment introduces an answering statement: We are not raising any new matters in our answering statement. As such, it is our understanding, grounded upon the 2010 EIA Regulations, that the Respondents do not have a right of response. We do, however, attach as a postscript, in a separate document, our response to the Site Visit, which was conducted on the 13th of January, 2017, in which new information is raised and as such, according to or understanding of the 2010 EIA Regulations, the Respondents have a right to respond and the FSE, in turn has a right of reply.
Download the answering statement.
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."
WESSA paid tribute to a wide range of outstanding environmental achievements with the presentation of the organisation’s Annual Awards. These Awards were presented at the organisation’s 90th AGM, and Mariette Liefferink of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment was one of the recipients.
The Federation for Sustainable Environment (FSE) has submitted comments to the South African Human Rights Commission on South Africa's environmental compliance, enforcement and monitoring system.
The Federation for a Sustainable Environment has objected to the Water Use Licence granted to Sedibelo Platinum Mine within the Moses Kotane Local Municipality, North West Province.
An extract from the objection follows, and the full document is available to download.