Comments

Comment on EIA: Magazynskraal Mine

Written by Monday, 10 June 2013 06:42

The Federation for a Sustainable Environment has commented on the EIA for the proposed establishment of a platinum mine by the applicant Richtrau No 123 (Pty) Ltd.

Notwithstanding the establishment of the Wonderfonteinspruit Regulators Steering Committee on the 21st of December 2007 and  admirable intentions of the Wonderfonteinspruit Regulators Steering Committee to address an urgent environmental matter, and the honourable Minister's response, the following issues remain unaddressed at the time of writing:

FSE’s Preliminary Response to Platmin’s Note For Investors For Information Posted On The Platmin’s Website On The 16 January 2013

While cognisance is taken that the Platmin’s mining activities may result in job creation and contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), it may well come at significant cost and existential risks to other sectors, such as tourism, eco-tourism and conservation with resultant job losses and curtailing of contribution by the said sectors to GDP. Furthermore, it will result in the loss of common natural resources on which the rural people within the North West Province depend. Land degradation and the loss of biodiversity because of mining affect poor people most, as they often depend directly on natural resources. Poverty is wide-spread in the above-mentioned areas notwithstanding the rich platinum group metal resources.

Open Letter to Platmin

Written by Sunday, 07 April 2013 18:17

The FSE considers it its moral and social duty to respond to the statements made by Platmin to the news media, the relevant organs of state and Platmin’s shareholders and the right of the said stakeholders to receive this information.

Tailings Storage Facility

Written by Sunday, 10 February 2013 19:58

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.

"It is inferred from a reading of the Policy that mining waste and the health risks pertaining to mining waste, particularly gold and uranium mining waste have been passed over.  This, it is respectfully submitted, is a serious omission.  Permit me please to substantiate my statement by borrowing from the findings of official public domain government reports and peer reviewed academic reports."

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FSE refutes African Nickel Response

Written by Tuesday, 13 September 2011 09:16

THE FSE'S REFUTATION OF AFRICAN NICKEL'S (THE APPLICANT)  RESPONSES PERTAINING TO THE AMENDMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PLAN AND PROSPECTING WORK PROGRAMME TO INCLUDE ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES ON THE CURRENT PROSPECTING AREA AND AN APPLICATION FOR THE RENEWAL OF THE PROSPECTING RIGHT IN RESPECT OF THE FARM SITUATED AT GOLDEN VALLE 62 IQ, MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT OF KRUGERSDORP

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Mogale Landfill site : Project No. NLA 1176/E

Written by Monday, 05 September 2011 08:39

The Federation for a Sustainable Environment comments on Proposed expansion of Luipaardsvlei landfill site, Mogale City Local Municipality, Gauteng

We express, serious concern, however, in the light of historical evidence and precedent, that the proposed mitigation measures will be adequately implemented and monitored, and that the failure to implement the mitigation measures, will be enforced.  The consequences of failure to implement the mitigation measures will be of appreciable magnitude since the impacts will be a significant threat to the poor and the unborn, the two constituencies with little or no political voice.

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Proposed expansion of Luipaardsvlei landfill site, Mogale City Local Municipality, Gauteng

Winde changes direction on AMD

Written by Thursday, 07 July 2011 09:16

"The findings of the recent Winde Report are significantly anomalous to the findings of public domain official reports and peer reviewed academic reports," says Mariette Liefferink, CEO of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment.

FSE reports on AMD

Written by Tuesday, 31 May 2011 05:10

On 19 May, the Federation for a Sustainable Environment submitted a report to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Water and the Environment, on invitation.  The subject, the current status of AMD.

MINING

FSE COMMENTS - Millsite Tailings Storage Facility Reclamation Project

Comments on the Millsite Tailings Storage Facility Reclamation Project: Wetland Sensitivity Mapping and Impact Assessment Freshwater Resource Assessment in the Vicinity of the Proposed Lindum Railway Decommissioning Freshwater Resource Assessment in the Vicinity of the Proposed Millsite Reclamation Surface Water Assessment Report Groundwater Assessment Report Integrated Water Use Licence Application for the Sibanye-Stillwater Rand Uranium/Cooke Operations Integrated Water and Waste Management Plan in support of the WULA   The following comments are submitted on behalf of the Federation for Sustainable Environment (FSE). The FSE is a federation of community based civil society organisations committed to the realisation of the constitutional right to an environment that is not harmful to health or well-being, and to having the environment sustainably managed and protected for future generations. Their mission is specifically focussed on addressing the adverse impacts of mining and industrial activities on the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable and disadvantaged communities who live and work near South Africa’s mines and industries.  

Presentations at the conference "Sustainable Use of Abandoned Mines in the SADC Region"

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Palmietkuilen Coal Mining Project Rejected

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SA NEWS

Battle to save Marico's river

De Beers has secured rights to prospect for kimberlite in the sensitive catchment of Groot Marico, but residents worry that minim firms could damage their pristine river, writes Sheree Bega

Saturday Star - No holds barred in draft National Master Plan for Water

Saturday Star January 27 2018 No holds barred in draft National Master Plan for Water   Sheree Bega   South Africa’s water scarcity could rapidly get worse as supply contracts and demand escalates due to growth, urbanisation, unsustainable use, degradation of wetlands, water losses and a decline in rainfall because of climate change. This is one of the warnings contained in the new draft National Master Plan for Water and Sanitation. Based on current demand projections, the water deficit confronting the country could be between 2.7 and 3.8 billion cubic metres, a gap of about 17%, by 2030. As of July last year, according to the draft plan, South Africa has consumed more water per capita at about 237 * /c/d than the world average of around 173 * /c/d. To address crippling water shortages, desalinated sea water in coastal areas, and treated waste water, will increasingly be brought into the water mix - together with an increase in the use of groundwater. Desalination plants should “not be implemented as an emergency scheme, only to be used intermittently or during times of drought and inadequate supply from the conventional water resources,” the draft plan cautions. “These schemes are too costly to be moth-balled for any length of time.”

THE IMPACT OF MINING ON THE SOUTH AFRICAN ECONOMY AND LIVING STANDARDS

  POLITICS WEB MINING AND PEOPLE: THE IMPACT OF MINING ON THE SOUTH AFRICAN ECONOMY AND LIVING STANDARDS INTRODUCTION AND SYNOPSIS There are two ways of looking at mining in South Africa. The first is to see it as a sunset industry plagued by rising costs, technical difficulties, and political hostility. The second is to see it as an industry well positioned for a new lease of life despite all the vicissitudes. Even though the attractiveness of South Africa for mining investment has declined, the country still has the world's richest reserves of precious minerals and base metals. Companies both large and small would like to exploit these. Some are doing so despite the political threats. Even more will do so if the threats can be effectively managed or reduced. According to the Chamber of Mines, investment over the next few years could almost double in the absence of threats.

FSE’s Preliminary Comments on the Minister of Water and Sanitation’s decision to consolidate the 9 Catchment Management Agencies into one Catchment Management Agency.

  (Reg. No. 2007/003002/08) NPO NUMBER 062986-NPO PBO No. (TAX EXEMPT) 930 039 506 Postnet Suite 87 Private Bag X033 RIVONIA 2128   COMMENTS ON THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND SANITATION’S DECISION TO IMPLEMENT A SINGLE CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT AGENCY (CMA) TO PERFORM WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT FUNCTION IN THE NINE WATER MANAGEMENT AREAS.  The following comments are submitted on behalf of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment. The Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) is a federation of community based civil society organisations committed to the realisation of the constitutional right to an environment that is not harmful to health or well-being, and to having the environment sustainably managed and protected for future generations. The FSE’s mission is specifically focussed on addressing the adverse impacts of mining and industrial activities on the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable and disadvantaged communities who live and work near South Africa’s mines and industries.  

WATER

SUBMISSION ON THE DWS MASTER PLAN

WRITTEN SUBMISSION ON THE DRAFT 2.6: NATIONAL WATER AND SANITATION MASTER PLAN (NW&SMP)  In this document, the Federation for a Sustainable Environment (“FSE”) submits comments on the National Water and Sanitation Master Plan, draft 2.6 (the “draft plan”).  THE FSE:  The FSE is a federation of community based civil society organisations committed to the realisation of the constitutional right to an environment that is not harmful to health or well-being, and to having the environment sustainably managed and protected for future generations. Their mission is specifically focussed on addressing the adverse impacts of mining and industrial activities on the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable and disadvantaged communities who live and work near South Africa’s mines and industries.    In accordance with the above-mentioned mission, the FSE’s comments are limited to matters pertaining to the mining industry. The FSE’s comments will be substantiated by real examples within the scope of the FSE’s experience and our active participation in a significant number of environmental impacts assessments, environmental management programme reports, water use license applications, environmental authorisations, steering committees, forums, task teams, teams of experts, academic research groups, boards, etc. over a period of 15 (fifteen years).[1] [1] Kindly note that the Legal Resources Centre assisted with this publication.

Coalition defending Mpumalanga water source area

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