June 2014 Report

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A list of activities and engagements for the Federation for a Sustainable Environment in the month of June 2014.


31 May 2014

Meeting with Mafenya Community.   (Contact 060 339113)

1 – 15th June 2014

Preparatory meetings for Workshop with Poortjie Community.

3 June 2014

Remediation Steering Committee Meeting:  Remediation Action Plan for the Wonderfonteinspruit Catchment Area (Contact: Bashan Govender. DWA1)

4 June 2014

Meeting with Adv. Elsabe de Waal of the Office of the Public Protector.  Case opened to investigate and address alleged systemic failures on the part of organs of state.

5 June 2014

Report back meeting with Sun International and Mr. Dorrestein of the Legacy Group.

6 June 2014

Eskom/NGO Forum: 

1.The National Water Resource: Overview from DWA (Presentation by Niel van Wyk, Chief Engineer, National Water Resource Planning.)

Also refer to the summary by Peter Willis which includes attachments of the various presentations

2.Eskom’s planning assumptions on future water demand (Presentation by Anesh Surendra, Eskom Primary Energy Department)

3. South African Climate Change Impacts – an onverview (presentation by Francois Engelbrecht, CSIR).

4.Eskom’s planning assumptions on future climate implications. (Gina Downes, Eskom, Climate Change and Sustainable Development).

7 June 2014

Community meeting and presentation:  Boltonia (Contact:  Gert Kamfer 084 773 2628)

9 June 2014

Meeting with Dr. Gawie du Toit:  Agriculturist – Impact of Mining on Agriculture (Tel. 083 630 1330)

AMD Follow-UP Meeting with Justice and Peace Eco-Group.  Rosebank Catholic Church.

(Contact:  Mike Zingel)

10 June 2014

Goldfields Strategy Meeting re Questionnaires

12 June 2014

DWA Wonderfonteinspruit/Loopspruit Forum Meeting.  Contact: Mogale Matseba (DWA).

Site Inspection with the DEA: Enforcement of Tudor Shaft Informal Settlement (established since 1997 on mine residue and unrehabilitated footprints) to establish risk.  Contact: Grant Walters – DEA:Enforcement.

13 June 2014

Tour of the West Rand: Chemical Engineers of DRA; Mintek, Legal Resource Centre.

Discussion on proposal for Passive Remediation (Wetlands).



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18 June – 24 June 2014

Participation and presentation:  International Physicians against Nuclear Warfare.  Berlin.  Germany. Contact: Dr. Helmut Lorher / Dr. Frank Uhr

25 June 2014

NGO/NNR Stakeholder Meeting.  Contact: Victoria Seitei/Gino Moonsamy.

27 June 2014

Workshop with Poortje Community and Goldfields (South Deep Mine)



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Coal Mines leave a legacy of ruin

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Tours of West Rand gold fields

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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 Show

The FSE will be presenting at a keynote panel discussion at "The Water Show Africa" on the 29th of March.

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


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...