July 2014 Report

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Report on the activities and engagements of the FSE for the month of July 2014. 

3 July 2014

Preparation of and delivery of documents pertaining to the West Rand and North West goldfields to the Office of the Public Protector (Reference: 7/2 - 5844/14).

NGO/Eskom Forum Workshop

Tour of the West Rand  goldfields with Prof. Urs Reugg
Urs T. Ruegg, Ph. D.
Professor of Pharmacology
University of Geneva
30 Quai E. Ansermet
CH 1211 Geneva 4
Phone:     +41 61 461 49 81
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DWA Study Steering Committee Meeting:  Bulk Water Supply System: Orange River.

4 July 2014

Meeting with Prof. Dr. Frank Winde, North West University and Prof. Urs Reugg pertaining to their research on the health impacts of Uranium.

5 July 2014

Community Workshop with residents and the Kgosi of Mokgalwaneng and the appointment of the FSE as representative of the Mokgalwaneng Village (Contact Person:  Tshepo Ramafoko)

7 July 2014

Meeting with the South African Council of Churches (Mr. Gosiame Choabi),  Benchmarks Foundation (Mr. Brown Motsau), Pastor Timothy Chao and representatives of mining communities pertaining to the establishment the South Western Gauteng Association For Sustainable Development (SWGASD)

8 July 2014

Meeting with the Investigating Officer of the DEA: Enforcement pertaining to the criminal investigation into the Blyvooruitzicht Mine.

10 July 2014

Community meeting with the community leaders of Boltonia, West Rand.

13 July 2014

Submission of Comments on Environmental Impact Assessment for the construction of the proposed sludge disposal facility and pipeline associated with the treatment of Acid Mine Drainage in the Eastern Basin of the Witwatersrand, Gauteng.

14 July 2014

In loco visitation of the Blyvooruitzicht Mine, Carletonville pursuant to the criminal investigation by the DEA: Enforcement.

15 July 2014

Community meeting with community leaders of Simonye, Westonaria.

16 July 2014

Rand Water Workshop and Acid Mine Drainage and Water Resources

18 July 2014

Workshop with community and Buhlebuzile Secondary School - Thokoza, Springs.

21 July 2014

Tour of the West Rand goldfields with Delta Environmental Centre and Students.  (Contact Shanu Visser:  082 780019)

22 July 2014

Meeting with Adv. Mashaba Matimolane of the Office of the Public Protector pertaining to the alleged systemic failures by organs of state to enforce environmental non-compliances

23 July 2014

Public Participation Meeting: Environmental Impact Assessment for the construction of the proposed sludge disposal facility and pipeline associated with the treatment of Acid Mine Drainage in the Eastern Basin of the Witwatersrand, Gauteng. Stable Inn Conference Centre.

25 July 2014

Tour of the Wes Rand goldfields with the University of Johannesburg, the United Nations’ African Delegation for Economic Development and Planning, Rand Water senior officials, Douglas Taylor (PhD Student) and Adv. Mashaba Matimolane of the Office of the Public Protector.

29 July 2014

Community workshop with Simonye, Westonaria.



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.

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The SDGs are spearheaded by the United Nations through a deliberative process involving its 193 Member States. The SDGs are a set of 17 “Global Goals” with 169 targets between them, covering a broad range of sustainable development issues.  These include ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change and protecting oceans and forests. The SDGs were endorsed by all Heads of State, including South Africa, who authorized it “without any reservations” on 25 September 2015. The commitment was reconfirmed by the former President during World Water Week (March 2017),  which took place in South Africa, and he also called for urgent action. Goal 6 is to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030. The FSE is a member of the Water and Sanitation Sector Leadership Group (WSSLG) Sustainable Development Goal 6 Task Team. The attached presentation, which was presented by the Leader of the SDG6 Task team, Mr Mark Bannister has identified significant gaps. A summary of the gaps is attached hereto. The SDG Programme informs relevant ‘vehicles’ such as the National Water and Sanitation Master Plan (NW&SMP) to translate these Gaps into Actions that can be implemented by the Sector, towards the 2030 objectives.  However, although these actions have been identified in the NW&SMP, most of these Actions have not been implemented.  It is doubtful that South Africa will achieve the 8 targets of the SDG6 by 2030. View the SDG 6_Consolidated Gap_Action_2020 document here.View the FSE SUMMARY OF GAPS SDG6 TARGETS document here.