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"It is not uncommon for African governments to exploit the poor and marginalized for perceived gains in the interest of the strong multinational companies and a few local beneficiaries.
"Endowed with vast natural resources such as wild animals, unique flora and fauna, rivers, lakes and minerals such as copper, uranium, zinc, diamonds and silver to mention but a few, many governments in Africa, rather than improving the lives of their citizens end up piling misery on the vulnerable in society.
"Take the mining of uranium for instance. It holds so much promise on the face of it but deep down the layers of reality, one sees that only multinational companies, corrupt government officials among
them, only a token few locals benefit from its exploitation."

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A confidential report in the possession of amaBhungane has painted an alarming picture of the threat posed by acid mine drainage to critical water pipelines owned by Africa's largest water utility Rand Water.

By ZWANGA MUKHUTHU

Dié ondersoek kom nadat die Federasie vir ’n Volhoubare Omgewing (FSE) strafregtelike klagte van omgewingsbesoedeling teen die bankrot Blyvooruitsicht-myn, DRDGold en Village Main Reef-myn en sy direkteure aanhangig gemaak het.

The anti-corruption ombud has begun a probe into water pollution allegedly caused by mining companies.

"..in the light of the continuing pollution of one of our country's major river systems and one of our countries largest aquifers, and given the inadequacy of the current treatment plant, it does notmake any sense that several new opencast mine pits could have been authorised right on top of the recharge zone of the Western Basin Mine Void".

by Charlotte Matthews of Business Day
TACKLING the lethal and unsightly legacy of abandoned gold mines around Krugersdorp is not a task for the faint-hearted. But Australian-listed Mintails believes it can play a major role, at the same time as making money for its shareholders.
It is going to cost a lot of money and require some controversial decision-making to address the complex social and environmental problems on the West Rand that reflect illegal mining, communities encroaching on toxic mine tailings, and poisoned water.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 09:24

Staat wil R2,5 m. bestee op reklame

PRETORIA. – Die departement van minerale hulpbronne gaan tot einde April R2,534 miljoen bestee aan bemarkingsveldtogte vir onder meer die omstrede nuwe mynbouregulasies.  Dit sluit regulasies vir skaliegas in.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 09:09

Mintails: Conditions for Water Use License

In  terms  of  Condition  12.9  of  the  authorised  Water  Use  License “The  Licensee  shall  attend  and  actively  participate  in  the  Wonderfontein/Loopspruit catchment  forum  to  which  the  Licensee  must  report  and  present  all  aspects  of  water management  as  contained  in  the  conditions  of  this  license  such  as  compliance  with  the licence  conditions  and  progress  with  all  investigations  in  terms  of  this  license  or  related  studies...”

"...water is viewed mainly as an economic good or commodity by government departments and the private sector," a SAHRC report on water and sanitation in the country, released in Cape Town, said.

"The result is that most of South Africa's water is used by business, especially agribusiness, mining, and other industries, at a relatively lower cost per kilolitre than poor households."

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 02:50

Memorandum of Incorporation

The Federation for a Sustainable Environment is a Non Profit Company without members. 

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

LLM/MPhil in Environmental Law Programme launched

  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.

Water Show

The FSE will be presenting at a keynote panel discussion at "The Water Show Africa" on the 29th of March.

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

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...