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.





Tours of West Rand gold fields

The FSE conducts regular tours with interested and affected parties, of the West Rand gold fields and Sibanye Gold’s operations. 

Mine Shafts: Accidents waiting to happen

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Residents left in the dark over AMD treatment

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has been accused of “authorising po...


Lauded for research on SA acid mine drainage

The launch of Acid mine drainage in South Africa: Development actors, policy impacts and broader implications, by Suvania Naidoo, took place on 10 February 2017. The book has proven to be a timely publication because of the incipient water crisis in South Africa. The event was hosted by Unisa’s Department of Development Studies in the College of Human Sciences. The guests were welcomed by the chair of the department, Prof Gretchen du Plessis, who expressed that “development studies is an ever-changing discipline and is a space where different issues converge”. She further stated that the book fills a void in our knowledge about acid mine drainage (AMD) and that the publication is “an example of hard work which results in big achievements”.

Truth of the dust that brings death

  A new hard-hitting report from Harvard Law School details how South Africa has failed to meet its human rights obligations concerning gold mining in and around Joburg. Bonnie Docherty, who led the research, spoke to Sheree Bega

Harvard Report: The Cost of Gold

A report has been published by the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic titled "The Cost of Gold: Environmental, Health, and Human Rights Consequences of Gold Mining in South Africa’s West and Central Rand.   The reports states, "The complex web of responsible government agencies and repeated legislative changes to that organizational structure have impeded the development of a coordinated plan to deal with the negative effects of mining. The limited scope of action, inadequate attention to at-risk communities, and insufficient consideration of environmental concerns have undermined the completeness of any response."

SA hasn't protected residents from gold mine pollution: Harvard report

JOHANNESBURG South Africa has failed to protect residents affected by pollution from contaminated water and mine dumps over more than 130 years of gold mining near Johannesburg, an independent investigation by the Harvard Law School said.


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. 

SABC Health Talk, Environmental Health: 25 February 2017

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

Rand Water tightens the taps in Gauteng

In the Midvaal suburb where Sipho Mosai lives, the gardens are lush and green be...