FSE Annual Report (2008)

Written by Saturday, 18 April 2009 15:53

CEO of the FSE, mariette Liefferink drafted this narrative report on the work of the Federation in the past year.

Minimum Requirements for Waste Disposal by Landfill, issued by the Department of Water Affairs & Forestry is the Second Edition, 1998 in the Waste Management Series.

In this document, the procedures, actions and information which may be required from an applicant when permitting a landfill, or written into a permit as conditions, are set out in the form of Minimum Requirements.

The Waste Management Series establishes a reference framework of standards for waste management in South Africa.

Download the publication here, about 5mb

West Rand Basin - A presentation

Written by Sunday, 08 February 2009 06:16

Dr. Coetzee's presentation shows in graphic form the impact of mining on the West Rand Basin.  Among the information is the alarming 100 tons of salt discharged, on a daily basis, within the Tweelopiespruit Catchment = five 20 ton trucks of salt a day!

Mine Water Pollution

Written by Thursday, 13 November 2008 09:43

1987: "..problems related to mining waste may be rated as second only to global warming...mining waste can result in profound, generally irreversible destruction of ecosystems"

~ expert assessment from Environmental Protection Agency, 1987

2003: "...the groundwater in the mining district of Johannesburg, South Africa, is heavily contaminated and acidified....The polluted groundwater is discharging into streams in the area and contributes up to 20 % of the stream flow, causing an increase the acidity of the stream water. The effect of the
contaminated water from the mines can persist for more than 10 km beyond the source"

~ Naiker study, 2003 "Acid mine drainage from gold mining activities in Johannesburg, South Africa and environs"

The Benchmark Institute Report

Written by Friday, 25 July 2008 04:28

The persistent activism of Mariette Liefferink, the C.E.O. of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment has kept the media attention on the impact of uranium and gold mining on the Wonderfonteinspruit catchment area for a number of years.



The FSE, in association with Gold Fields’ South Deep Mine, donated 40 white Karee Trees (Searsia penduline) during Arbor Week to the mining affected community of Simunye in the West Rand and participated in the tree planting ceremony with the community of Simunye, the local Municipality and officials from South Deep Mine.  The FSE also delivered a presentation during the ceremony.

"Varkies" gou op hok, maar als nie pluis | Beeld

Article also available for download as an attachment.

Radon Alert - Carte Blanche

Millions of South Africans are exposed to radioactive radon gas in their homes and workplaces every day, as the naturally occurring gas escapes through cracks in the earth. The second leading cause of lung cancer in several countries, radon breaks down and when inhaled, decaying atoms emit alpha radiation that can damage the DNA. There are no safe levels of radon concentration. The United States Environmental Protection Agency emphasises any radon exposure has some risk of causing lung cancer. Carte Blanche investigates why South Africa has no regulations to protect against radon accumulation in the home and what you can do to test your home and prevent lung cancer.   Watch the video here.

WITS Economics & Finance Courses: Mining for Development: The Taxation Linkage

Economics & Finance Courses at the University of the Witwatersrand. Mining for Development: The Taxation Linkage - Understand taxation for development and sustainability in mining. View the course here. Enrolment starts on the 7th of October 2019.


FSE’s presentation to the Water and Sanitation Sector Leadership Group’s (WSSLG)* Sustainable Development Goal 6 Task Team on Thursday, the 26th of November 2020.

*The Water and Sanitation Sector Leadership Group (WSSLG) is the highest non-statutory strategic sector partnership forum for the South African water sector. The WSSLG serves as a think tank for the water sector and prepares an overarching national action agenda for implementing the National Water and Sanitation Resource Strategy 2 (NWSRS2) and ensures that sound policies, laws, strategies, programmes and institutions are developed to achieve the goals outlined in the NWRS2. The WSSLG also actively facilitates dialogue between the Department of Water and Sanitation, government departments, civil society and the private sector for input, support and contributions to joint strategic and coordinated actions to improve the implementation of water sector policies, strategies and programmes. In its advisory role, the WSSLG provides recommendations on policies, legislation, programmes and strategies and serves as credible forum for stakeholder consultation and involvement in the development of sector policies, legislation, programmes and strategies. Presentation attached for download.

How Relevant are the Vaal Barrage's Catchment Forums

Article in North Star - Vereeniging & Midvaal.Author: Johann Tempelhoff Art...


PDF article attached for download....