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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MINING

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