Mariette Liefferink

Mariette Liefferink

MDEDET Reference Number 17/2/2/1(E) Nk-

Two issues were raised by the FSE in the Scoping phase, neither of which has been meaningfully addressed in the EIA Report.

  • Who will pay the difference between the treatment cost and the cost of water?  (the polluters or the communities) and
  • For how long will the mining companies stay responsible for the treatment costs?

Download the comment here. (105kb)

The FSE has submitted comment and response on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the proposed Gold Fields West Wits Project.  The full document is available as a PDF here, including attributions, and an extract follows which highlights the importance of sustainability.

Monday, 22 June 2009 12:55

Rand Uranium's EMP: Proposed Millsite

This document is not to oppose the proposed project, but to attempt to highlight the environmental challenges, which are perceived as significant, and to make recommendations.

Comments on Public Participation Relevancy of Central Rand Gold's Alleged Environmental Infractions to The Project Fragments on the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry Best Practice Guidelines pertaining to the Environmental Impact Assessment Western Utilities Corporation Mine Water Reclamation Project.

Download the document (about 100kb)

Wednesday, 17 June 2009 22:09

Raising of North Boundary Dam

Comments on the Environmental Impact Assessment Background Information Document: Raising of North Boundary Dam.  Download the comment document (about 100kb)

As the appointed convener (albeit, at the time of writing, the impotent convener, since members of the Mining Interest Group, that is, the historic polluters, have not approved the budget for the public participation process) of the public involvement and participation component of the remediation of the Wonderfonteinspruit Catchment area, I deem it my moral and social duty to provide the Remediation Action Plan for the Wonderfonteinspruit Catchment Area to you.

Tuesday, 05 May 2009 13:14

Goldfields West Wits Project

In past dump reclamation activities, a number of cases have been identified where the re-mining of dumps were not completed, either due to a lack of funding on the part of the miner or due to the heterogeneity in the dumps which were mined.  Any new application to exploit mining residues should only be approved if it involves the removal of an entire residue deposit and the rehabilitation of the remaining footprint.  If this is not the case, rather than consolidating contaminated sites, the reprocessing activities result in the creation of two contaminated sites, where one previously existed.

South Africa's freshwater resources are under increasing pressure. Growth in population and increased economic and mining activity have lead to increased competition for and conflicts over the limited freshwater resources.

Monday, 16 March 2009 09:02

Comment on EIA: Harmony Gold

The FSE has submitted comment on the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the proposed re-mining and processing of tailings facilities at the operations of Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited in the Welkom area.

Monday, 16 March 2009 07:54

Submission: PBMR Fuel Plant

Poor institutional control of radioactive waste for the last one hundred years now poses a threat to communities and the natural environment.

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The FSE contributed to the article titled “Caught between a rock and hard place”...



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.



The Intervention document is attached for download.

Development of the National Eutrophication Strategy and Supporting Documents

Attached documents:1. DWS Eutrophication SA & GA PSC 1 BID2. PSC 1 Meeting A...

Fears of long term damage to SA's water supply as eutrophication strangles rivers and dams | IOL

Toxic green algae in the Vaal River is caused by eutrophication, which harms wat...