Comments

Comment on EIA: Magazynskraal Mine

Written by Monday, 10 June 2013 08:42

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 20:17

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 21:58

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 11:16

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 10:39

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 11:16

"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 07:10

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.