July 2014 Report

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Report on the activities and engagements of the FSE for the month of July 2014. 

3 July 2014

Preparation of and delivery of documents pertaining to the West Rand and North West goldfields to the Office of the Public Protector (Reference: 7/2 - 5844/14).

NGO/Eskom Forum Workshop

Tour of the West Rand  goldfields with Prof. Urs Reugg
Urs T. Ruegg, Ph. D.
Professor of Pharmacology
University of Geneva
30 Quai E. Ansermet
CH 1211 Geneva 4
Switzerland
Phone:     +41 61 461 49 81
FAX :        +41 22 379 34 30
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http://www.unige.ch/sciences/pharm/fagie/

DWA Study Steering Committee Meeting:  Bulk Water Supply System: Orange River.

4 July 2014

Meeting with Prof. Dr. Frank Winde, North West University and Prof. Urs Reugg pertaining to their research on the health impacts of Uranium.

5 July 2014

Community Workshop with residents and the Kgosi of Mokgalwaneng and the appointment of the FSE as representative of the Mokgalwaneng Village (Contact Person:  Tshepo Ramafoko)

7 July 2014

Meeting with the South African Council of Churches (Mr. Gosiame Choabi),  Benchmarks Foundation (Mr. Brown Motsau), Pastor Timothy Chao and representatives of mining communities pertaining to the establishment the South Western Gauteng Association For Sustainable Development (SWGASD)

8 July 2014

Meeting with the Investigating Officer of the DEA: Enforcement pertaining to the criminal investigation into the Blyvooruitzicht Mine.

10 July 2014

Community meeting with the community leaders of Boltonia, West Rand.

13 July 2014

Submission of Comments on Environmental Impact Assessment for the construction of the proposed sludge disposal facility and pipeline associated with the treatment of Acid Mine Drainage in the Eastern Basin of the Witwatersrand, Gauteng.

14 July 2014

In loco visitation of the Blyvooruitzicht Mine, Carletonville pursuant to the criminal investigation by the DEA: Enforcement.

15 July 2014

Community meeting with community leaders of Simonye, Westonaria.

16 July 2014

Rand Water Workshop and Acid Mine Drainage and Water Resources

18 July 2014

Workshop with community and Buhlebuzile Secondary School - Thokoza, Springs.

21 July 2014

Tour of the West Rand goldfields with Delta Environmental Centre and Students.  (Contact Shanu Visser:  082 780019)

22 July 2014

Meeting with Adv. Mashaba Matimolane of the Office of the Public Protector pertaining to the alleged systemic failures by organs of state to enforce environmental non-compliances

23 July 2014

Public Participation Meeting: Environmental Impact Assessment for the construction of the proposed sludge disposal facility and pipeline associated with the treatment of Acid Mine Drainage in the Eastern Basin of the Witwatersrand, Gauteng. Stable Inn Conference Centre.

25 July 2014

Tour of the Wes Rand goldfields with the University of Johannesburg, the United Nations’ African Delegation for Economic Development and Planning, Rand Water senior officials, Douglas Taylor (PhD Student) and Adv. Mashaba Matimolane of the Office of the Public Protector.

29 July 2014

Community workshop with Simonye, Westonaria.

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