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

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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THE IMPACT OF MINING ON THE SOUTH AFRICAN ECONOMY AND LIVING STANDARDS

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FSE’s Preliminary Comments on the Minister of Water and Sanitation’s decision to consolidate the 9 Catchment Management Agencies into one Catchment Management Agency.

  (Reg. No. 2007/003002/08) NPO NUMBER 062986-NPO PBO No. (TAX EXEMPT) 930 039 506 Postnet Suite 87 Private Bag X033 RIVONIA 2128   COMMENTS ON THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND SANITATION’S DECISION TO IMPLEMENT A SINGLE CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT AGENCY (CMA) TO PERFORM WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT FUNCTION IN THE NINE WATER MANAGEMENT AREAS.  The following comments are submitted on behalf of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment. The Federation for a Sustainable Environment (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. The FSE’s 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.  

WATER

SUBMISSION ON THE DWS MASTER PLAN

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