Mining News

Staat wil R2,5 m. bestee op reklame

Written by  Wednesday, 26 March 2014 09:24
Rate this item
(0 votes)

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.


Dít blyk uit ’n antwoord op ’n parlementêre vraag deur die DA aan die minister van dié departement, Susan Shabangu.
Die Nasionale Vergadering (NV) het wysigings aan die mineraalwetgewing sowat tien dae gelede goedgekeur.
Die DA het gister gedreig om die nuwe mineraalwet na die konstitusionele hof te neem indien pres. Jacob Zuma dit onderteken.
“Dié wet en die proses wat gevolg is, is ongrondwetlik,” het James Lorimer, DA-LP en -woordvoerder oor minerale hulpbronne, gesê.
Dr. Koos Pretorius, direkteur van die Federasie vir ’n Volhoubare Omgewing, het gesê dié departement mors belastingbetalersgeld. “Die minister wil besluite wat eensydig geneem is en wette wat reeds goedgekeur is, nou met hierdie geld bemark. Dis mosterd ná die maal.”
Hy sê dié geld moes eerder bestee word aan openbaredeelnameprosesse waar die wysigings aan die mynbouwet op ’n demokratiese wyse met die mense van Suid-Afrika gedebatteer is. Dit is nie gedoen nie.
Lorimer het gesê as die Nasionale Raad van Provinsies dié wet later vandeesweek goedkeur, sal die DA ’n versoekskrif aan pres. Jacob Zuma rig om dit nie te onderteken nie.
Indien hy nie gehoor gee nie, sal die wysigingswet in die Grondwethof eindig.
Lorimer het gesê die wysigings is deur die NV “gestoomroller”.
Pretorius het gesê vir die burgerlike samelewing is een van die grootste knelpunte in die nuwe mynbouwet die feit dat belanghebbende partye soos bewaringsorganisasies nie meer kan registreer om aan die omgewingsimpakproses oor nuwe projekte deel te neem nie.
Shabangu het gesê die departement beplan om R154 000 se advertensies oor die wetgewing vir die gedrukte media, radio en sosiale platforms te bestee.
Die departement gaan ook R94 000 bestee aan baniere en R60 000 aan “generiese promosie-artikels” (wat vermoedelik pette en T-hemde sal insluit).
Jonathan Deal, voorsitter van Treasure the Karoo Action Group, het gesê as Shabangu belastingbetalersgeld gaan gebruik om die sogenaamde voordele van skaliegas te bemark om mense se koppe positief te swaai, sal sy voor stok gekry word.
Indien sy mense egter in die “pamflette” oor die voor- en (baie) nadele van skaliegas inlig, sal die geld goed gebruik word

MINING

Ransacked Gold Mine Venture Reboots

South African mining veteran Peter Skeat is pressing ahead with plans to squeeze more gold out of an 80-year-old ransacked gold mine west of Johannesburg after settling a dispute with three former partners.

Coal Mines leave a legacy of ruin

Oxpeckers publishes never-before-seen data exposing the lack of mine closures, d...

Tours of West Rand gold fields

The FSE conducts regular tours with interested and affected parties, of the West...

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...