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

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

  POLITICS WEB MINING AND PEOPLE: THE IMPACT OF MINING ON THE SOUTH AFRICAN ECONOMY AND LIVING STANDARDS INTRODUCTION AND SYNOPSIS There are two ways of looking at mining in South Africa. The first is to see it as a sunset industry plagued by rising costs, technical difficulties, and political hostility. The second is to see it as an industry well positioned for a new lease of life despite all the vicissitudes. Even though the attractiveness of South Africa for mining investment has declined, the country still has the world's richest reserves of precious minerals and base metals. Companies both large and small would like to exploit these. Some are doing so despite the political threats. Even more will do so if the threats can be effectively managed or reduced. According to the Chamber of Mines, investment over the next few years could almost double in the absence of threats.

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

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