May 2014 Report

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A list of activities and engagements of the FSE for the month of May 2014. 

1 May Interview with Anna Maria Lombard (journalist) :  Documentary on unlawful mining (A Big Fish/LRC initiative)
2 May Public Participation Meeting.  Timomo Exploration and Mining.  Prospecting application.  Roodepoort This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
6 May Justice and Peace Group.  Catholic Church.  Feedback meeting after tour of the West Rand goldfields. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
8 May Meeting with SLR pertaining to Pilanesberg Platinum Mine Expansion.  smulder@slrconsulting and submission of comments.Tour of the West Rand goldfields:  Ford Foundation and Legal Resource Centre
9 May Tour of the West Rand goldfields:  Rand Water (Contact:  Francois van Wyk.  Senior Hydrologist. Rand Water) & Media for Justice.
10 May Submission of article to Spilpunt: Wedywerende Water Gebruikers en Gebruike in die Krokodil Wes/Marico Water Bestuurs Gebied en Gevolglike Uitdagings ten Opsigte van Water Hoeveelheid en Gehalte.
13 May DWA Rietspruit Water Forum Meeting.  Vander Bijl Park. Contact: Marc de Fontane – 082 389 2454
14 May ERGO Gold Dust Monitoring Forum.  Contact: Prof. Harold Annegarn – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
19 May Tour of the West Rand goldfields: Rand Water Executive Management from the Scientific Service Division.  Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
21 May Meetings with stakeholders (Fochville/Westonaria) and South Deep Mine.Church Leaders West Gauteng Workshop.  Randfontein Golf and Country Club. 
22 May Workshop:  Thusanang Community
24 May Photo-journalist Documentary on AMD.  Interviews with Bekkersdal and Khutsong community members.
28 May Tour of the West Rand goldfields:  Linden Grade 12/11 students.  Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
29 May Sun City.  ASM Conference.  Presentation:  Best Practices in Mine Closure.  (Full integration of environmental issues in mine waste; current mining waste strategies, Integrated Mine Waste management Solutions; dealing with AMD; etc.) Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
30 May WWF/ SAfm Debate:  Risk of contamination to surface aquifers and waste water treatment with reference to historical examples of AMD.  Gordon Institute of Business Science. Submission of academic paper on Current reclamation of historical uraniferous tailings dams and sand dumps – exacerbating the mess or minimising the mining footprint?  Case Studies within the Witwatersrand goldfields to the Uranium Mining and Hydrogeology 2014 (UMH VII) Technische Universit Bergakademie Freiberg Faculty of Geosciences, Geoengineering and Mining Institute of Geology (Germany) conference.

 

 

 

MINING

It’s all about the money

The hazardous mining by-product raises two questions – who’s to blame and who should pay. The acid mine drainage crisis is going to cost someone a lot of money, but probably not the people who caused it. The “polluter pays” principle was next to impossible to apply to the acid mine drainage problem in a retrospective way, said Marius Keet, chief director for mine water management at the department of water and sanitation.

Down in the dumps, there's hope

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Fokus reports on Coal Mine east of Springs

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SA NEWS

Addressing waste and pollution of the past

The Federation for a Sustainable Environment is proud to announce the launch of the booklet titled “Rehabilitation of Mine Contaminated Eco-Systems. A Contribution to a Just Transition to a Low Carbon Economy to Combat Unemployment and Climate Change” by Mariette Liefferink of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE). The booklet was commissioned by the Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC) in collaboration with the Friedrick Ebert Stiftung.

Nuwe myn ‘sal duisende hul huise kos’

Byna 10 000 mense sal verskuif moet word as Anglo Operations Ltd en Canyon Coal hul sin kry om ’n massiewe oopgroefsteenkoolmyn oos van Springs te begin.

SA coal mines leave legacy of ruin

Johannesburg - A 19-month data investigation of mine closures indicates that since at least 2011 no large coal mines operating in South Africa have been granted closure.

Besoedelingklagte: Mynbase daag nie by hof op

Drie direkteure van die Blyvooruitzicht- en Village Main Reef-goudmyn buite ­Carletonville kan ’n boete van tot R10 miljoen of tien jaar tronkstraf opgelê word weens die beweerde besoedeling en agteruitgang van die omgewing.

WATER

Coalition defending Mpumalanga water source area

Last week, the coalition of eight civil society and community organisations that has been resisting the proposed coal mine inside a protected area and strategic water source area in Mpumalanga launched further proceedings in the Pretoria High Court.

Project to heal polluted river . System will·create stream·of jobs

THE POTENTIAL to create 100 climate jobs and to help : bring a "dead river syste...

'Mine Water can be treated, safe'

SOUTH Africans have to "change their mindsets" that they can't drink acid mine d...