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Monday, 12 August 2013 09:29

FSE:Comment on DWA AMD Solution

The FSE is of the firm opinion that many persons and companies want to financially profit from the current situation. This is resulting in failure to holistically identify and manage the AMD impacts and challenges. The reason might partly be that the situation is a political problem as well.

Published in MINING

For most of its history, the mining industry in South Africa has not been subjected to comprehensive environmental regulation.

In recent years, however, this has changed significantly and the industry is now required to comply with a complex web of mining and environmental policy and legislation. This chapter outlines the most relevant legislation and policy documents that govern sustainable mining in South Africa.

Download the document here (82kb)

Published in LEGISLATION
Friday, 25 July 2008 04:28

The Benchmark Institute Report

The persistent activism of Mariette Liefferink, the C.E.O. of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment has kept the media attention on the impact of uranium and gold mining on the Wonderfonteinspruit catchment area for a number of years.

Published in RESEARCH
Sunday, 03 February 2013 06:25

Small victory in blighted mining landscape

Mariette Liefferink’s red high-heeled sandals sink into the watery earth. She totters to a mining pit overflowing with copper water that is stained like blood. That this is filled with partially treated acid mine drainage (AMD) is a small victory for the environmental activist.

Published in FSE PRESS
Sunday, 10 February 2013 21:58

Tailings Storage Facility

It has been noted, not without serious concern that the Project will result in:

  • The loss of a wetlands system and that no mitigation methods can be realistically prescribed for this activity;
  • The placement of the TSF within or next to wetland areas will impact on the underlying geohydrology of the system;
  • The surface hydrological dynamics would be altered which will have both water quality and quantity implications for the catchment; and
  • The subsequent loss of ecological services (an important ecological service identified for the system is the enhancement of water quality) provided by the wetland units within this catchment area;
  • The TSF area may have water quality and quantity implications for the downstream water users;
  • The selected TSF site may not be ideal for tailings construction from a wetlands perspective since it is surrounded by wetlands on three sites and very close to the riparian zones of uncommon unchannelled valley bottom wetlands as well as the fact
  • that pans occur in the centre of the site;
  • An offset strategy is recommended but the strategy has not been compiled in consultation with the relevant authorities and interested and affected parties.

A full comment is available to download.

Published in COMMENT


Die Blou Skerpioene het verlede week toegeslaan op Platmin, wat ‘n reuse-oopgroefmyn in ‘n beoogde erfenis-gebied op die voorstoep van die Pilanesberg-natuurreservaat bedryf.

Published in FSE PRESS

In a first for SA, a mining company has pleaded guilty to breaking environmental laws while prospecting for coal in a protected wetland -- in return for a relatively light penalty.

Published in LEGISLATION

Allegations that former convicts Kenny Kunene and Gayton McKenzie defrauded poor Sowetan communities by persuading them to participate in a mining rights application for Central Rand Gold in Johannesburg are being investigated.

However, there is widespread confusion over the status of the police investigation.

Published in MINING
Thursday, 22 March 2012 02:00

Govt vows to solve acid mine water crisis

The Department of Water Affairs says it is committed to solving the country's acid mine water crisis. Farmers in Mpumalanga have issued a warning that polluted water could lead to food shortages. Now an upgraded treatment plant is to be opened in Gauteng but the government concedes more needs to be done.

Published in MINING


The Department of Water Affairs and civil society organisations have agreed that "some degree" of desalination should be added to the short-term plan for treating acid mine water threatening the water supply to the Witwatersrand

Published in SA NEWS
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