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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
FOR WRITTEN REPLY
QUESTION NO 386

DATE OF PUBLICATION IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 26 FEBRUARY 2010

(INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO. 4)
386. Mr G R Morgan (DA) to ask the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs:
(1)(a) What are the current locations where acid mine water is decanting in Gauteng, (b) into which water courses are they decanting, (c) what is the size of the decant each day, (d) how many (i) people and (ii) farming operations are (aa) directly and (bb) indirectly affected by the decanting at each of these locations and (e) how was these figures arrived at;
(2)whether efforts are being made to warn people about the dangers of using water from water courses into which acid mine water has decanted; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;
(3)whether steps are being taken to (a) reduce and (b) treat the decant at each of these sites; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

The FSE has submitted comment and response on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the proposed Gold Fields West Wits Project.  The full document is available as a PDF here, including attributions, and an extract follows which highlights the importance of sustainability.

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
WRITTEN REPLY
QUESTION NO 71
DATE OF PUBLICATION IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER:  08 JUNE 2009
(INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 1)

Mr M J Ellis (DA) to ask the Minister of Mining
Whether funds that are held by department for rehabilitation of mines will be used to pay for acid mine drainage remediation efforts, if not, why not, if so, what are the relevant details?

Rand Uranium's EMP: Proposed Millsite

Written by Monday, 22 June 2009 10:55

This document is not to oppose the proposed project, but to attempt to highlight the environmental challenges, which are perceived as significant, and to make recommendations.

Comments on Public Participation - Relevancy of Central Rand Gold's Alleged Environmental Infractions to The Project, and Fragments on the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry's Best Practice Guidelines pertaining to the Environmental Impact Assessment Western Utilities Corporation Mine Water Reclamation Project.

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Comments on Public Participation Relevancy of Central Rand Gold's Alleged Environmental Infractions to The Project Fragments on the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry Best Practice Guidelines pertaining to the Environmental Impact Assessment Western Utilities Corporation Mine Water Reclamation Project.

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Raising of North Boundary Dam

Written by Wednesday, 17 June 2009 20:09

Comments on the Environmental Impact Assessment Background Information Document: Raising of North Boundary Dam.  Download the comment document (about 100kb)

As the appointed convener (albeit, at the time of writing, the impotent convener, since members of the Mining Interest Group, that is, the historic polluters, have not approved the budget for the public participation process) of the public involvement and participation component of the remediation of the Wonderfonteinspruit Catchment area, I deem it my moral and social duty to provide the Remediation Action Plan for the Wonderfonteinspruit Catchment Area to you.

Goldfields West Wits Project

Written by Tuesday, 05 May 2009 11:14

In past dump reclamation activities, a number of cases have been identified where the re-mining of dumps were not completed, either due to a lack of funding on the part of the miner or due to the heterogeneity in the dumps which were mined.  Any new application to exploit mining residues should only be approved if it involves the removal of an entire residue deposit and the rehabilitation of the remaining footprint.  If this is not the case, rather than consolidating contaminated sites, the reprocessing activities result in the creation of two contaminated sites, where one previously existed.

South Africa's freshwater resources are under increasing pressure. Growth in population and increased economic and mining activity have lead to increased competition for and conflicts over the limited freshwater resources.

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.  

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