Notwithstanding the establishment of the Wonderfonteinspruit Regulators Steering Committee on the 21st of December 2007 andÂ 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.
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.
It has been noted, not without serious concern that the Project will result in:
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"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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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
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.Â 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.
"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.
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.
The FSE has lodged an objection to the approval of the EMPR and granting of the mining right in the DE WITTEKRANS COAL MINE PROJECT MP 30/5/1/1/2/365 MR by Mashala Hendrina Coal. The document may be downloaded here. (91kb)
The FSE has commented on Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's project to reclaim mine residue areas for future development purposes.
"If we were to judge the future environmental impacts of the reclamation of tailings dams grounded upon the current environmental impacts and management of the reclamation of tailings dams, we have reason for serious concern."
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Two issues were raised by the FSE in the Scoping phase, neither of which has been meaningfully addressed in the EIA Report.
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