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Monday, 16 March 2009 08:20

Uranium in the Karoo: what it may mean

The social and environmental costs associated with uranium mining are difficult to predict and regulate. By the time environmental and socio-economic consequences become noticeable, the mines have typically closed, changed ownership or become insolvent and thus cannot be compelled anymore to contribute to the remediation, either financially or through other actions. The trust funds are often substantially inadequate to address environmental impacts.

Sunday, 08 February 2009 06:16

West Rand Basin - A presentation

Dr. Coetzee's presentation shows in graphic form the impact of mining on the West Rand Basin.  Among the information is the alarming 100 tons of salt discharged, on a daily basis, within the Tweelopiespruit Catchment = five 20 ton trucks of salt a day!

Thursday, 13 November 2008 09:43

Mine Water Pollution

1987: "..problems related to mining waste may be rated as second only to global warming...mining waste can result in profound, generally irreversible destruction of ecosystems"

~ expert assessment from Environmental Protection Agency, 1987

2003: "...the groundwater in the mining district of Johannesburg, South Africa, is heavily contaminated and acidified....The polluted groundwater is discharging into streams in the area and contributes up to 20 % of the stream flow, causing an increase the acidity of the stream water. The effect of the
contaminated water from the mines can persist for more than 10 km beyond the source"

~ Naiker study, 2003 "Acid mine drainage from gold mining activities in Johannesburg, South Africa and environs"

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.

Saturday, 18 April 2009 15:53

FSE Annual Report (2008)

CEO of the FSE, mariette Liefferink drafted this narrative report on the work of the Federation in the past year.

Monday, 15 September 2008 01:29

Annual General Meeting 2008

The First Annual General Meeting of the FSE was held on 6 September 2008, at the Randfontein Golf and Country Club.

The meeting was formally constituted and chaired by Carin Bosman.

CEO Mariette Liefferink reported on the activities of the FSE in the past year,

The current status with regard to directors was established. It was noted that Carin Bosman has resigned as director but continues to serve as technical advisor for the FSE. Dr. Koos Pretorius, Tony Ferrar, Brand Nthako, Pogiso Bothomane and Mariette Liefferink were re-elected as directors.

The provisional minutes of the meeting may be downloaded here.

Saturday, 30 August 2008 09:51


The main business of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment is to represent the interests of ordinary people in understanding and defending their constitutional rights, which specifically include  Section 24 of the constitution by having an environment that,

is not harmful to health and well being 

is protected for present  future generations, and 

by implementing fully the legislation and other measures available to,

   prevent pollution and ecological degradation

   promote conservation

   ensure ecological sustainable development and use of natural resources, and 

   promote justifiable social and economical development. 


And Section 33 of the Constitution by having a procedural process whereby administrative decisions are; 

   lawful, reasonable and  fair to all parties; and

   supplies written reasons to adversely affected parties.

To read the full constitution of the FSE, please follow this link. (A word document of about 111kb)

Wednesday, 15 February 2012 02:42

Crown Mine Art and Music College - the hazards

Mariette Liefferink presented "Radiological Impacts, Health Risks and Hazards  to Staff and Students of the Crown Mine Art and Music College pertaining to Mine Residue Deposits".

The opening statement of the presentation sets the scene for serious risk to ecosystems, the life sustaining ecological systems on which we rely -

Wednesday, 15 February 2012 01:48

FSE Annual Report (2011)

The Federation for a Sustainable Environment  has published its annual report, detailing the many activities, recognition and advocacy of the past year.

Page 15 of 17


The FSE contributed to the article titled “Caught between a rock and hard place”...



The FSE, in association with Gold Fields’ South Deep Mine, donated 40 white Karee Trees (Searsia penduline) during Arbor Week to the mining affected community of Simunye in the West Rand and participated in the tree planting ceremony with the community of Simunye, the local Municipality and officials from South Deep Mine.  The FSE also delivered a presentation during the ceremony.

"Varkies" gou op hok, maar als nie pluis | Beeld

Article also available for download as an attachment.

Radon Alert - Carte Blanche

Millions of South Africans are exposed to radioactive radon gas in their homes and workplaces every day, as the naturally occurring gas escapes through cracks in the earth. The second leading cause of lung cancer in several countries, radon breaks down and when inhaled, decaying atoms emit alpha radiation that can damage the DNA. There are no safe levels of radon concentration. The United States Environmental Protection Agency emphasises any radon exposure has some risk of causing lung cancer. Carte Blanche investigates why South Africa has no regulations to protect against radon accumulation in the home and what you can do to test your home and prevent lung cancer.   Watch the video here.

WITS Economics & Finance Courses: Mining for Development: The Taxation Linkage

Economics & Finance Courses at the University of the Witwatersrand. Mining for Development: The Taxation Linkage - Understand taxation for development and sustainability in mining. View the course here. Enrolment starts on the 7th of October 2019.



The Intervention document is attached for download.

Development of the National Eutrophication Strategy and Supporting Documents

Attached documents:1. DWS Eutrophication SA & GA PSC 1 BID2. PSC 1 Meeting A...

Fears of long term damage to SA's water supply as eutrophication strangles rivers and dams | IOL

Toxic green algae in the Vaal River is caused by eutrophication, which harms wat...