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

Open-cast· coal mine a threat to Springs wetland

WITH hands covered with liver spots, Stan Madden points out the expanse of Aston Lake glimmering  in  the  distance Fields of near-ripened meal­ies and clusters of soya beans stretch across this fertile, wet­land-sodden landscape on the outskirts of Springs

Tough times for S.Africa town blighted by mine closure

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R60 Billion held for mines that are never closed

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SA NEWS

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.

LLM/MPhil in Environmental Law Programme launched

  The Department of Public Law at the University of Pretoria hosted a launch of its LLM and MPhil programmes in Environmental Law, coordinated by Ms Melanie Murcott, Senior Lecturer, Environmental and Administrative Law, in February 2017.

WATER

Eastern Basin acid water plant is "sledgehammer"

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has used a "sledgehammer" for its R1bn treatment plant for acid mine drainage (AMD) on the Eastern mining basin that could ultimately create more toxic water.  This is the view of water strategy and consulting mining hydrologist Kym Morton, who believes government is "wasting money" by pumping large volumes of water and adding lime that makes it alkaline but still toxic and hazardous. 

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Focus on preventing illness rather than incurring the expense of treatment....

Rand Water tightens the taps in Gauteng

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