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.

 

 

 

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