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THE Department of Water Affairs has finally provided clarity on how it will fund the treatment of contaminated water seeping out of old mining networks in Gauteng.

The long-term solution to the problem of acid-mine drainage will see end users, including households in the province, bearing a third of the cost, while mining companies will ultimately fund the rest of the cost.

THE last season’s below-average rainfall slowed the flow of toxic water from old mine workings, but has not deferred the urgent need to address it.

With no sign yet of the long-awaited government decision on a permanent solution to halt acid mine drainage (AMD), water quality around Johannesburg continues to deteriorate, even if the poisonous tide rising to street level — as some scientists warned — has not actually materialised.

Mineral Resources Minister Mr Mosebenzi Zwane (MP) has noted with concern the escalating tensions in Xolobeni, with respect to a mining right application in the area. 

The Federation for a Sustainable Environment and its directors extend deepest sympathy to the dear family of Bazooka Radebe.   This is indeed a great and irreparable loss not only to his family but also to fellow activists.  
He will be deeply mourned by all of us and his courageous protagonism and integrity will be ever remembered.

The Wild Coast anti-mining activist Mr Sikhosiphi “Bazooka” Rhadebe was assisinated at his home in Xolobeni on South Africa’s Wild Coast on Tuesday 22 March 2016.

A collection of stories and comments in the wake of the assassination of Sikhosiphi ‘Bazooka’ Rhadebe, anti-mining activist. 

IT HAS taken nearly two years for Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane to sign off on a long-term treatment plan for acid mine drainage (AMD) that cost her department R25 million to commission. 

Expections of mining in protected areas Featured

Written by Saturday, 19 September 2015 10:01

A coalition of civil society and community organisations, represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), has instituted legal action in the Pretoria High Court against the Minister of Mineral Resources, Ngoako Ramatlhodi, following his grant of a coal mining right to Atha-Africa Ventures (AAV) inside the sensitive Mabola Protected Environment.

THE cost of closing derelict and abandoned mines to combat acid mine drainage has reached R45bn while old asbestos sites could set the state back R2bn, Parliament's mineral resources committee heard on Wednesday.www.bdlive.co.za

Water in Blyvoor is meer werd as goud

Written by Wednesday, 10 June 2015 13:50

Duisende mense van die myndorpie Blyvooruitzicht is al vier weke sonder water nadat hul watertoevoer afgesny is. Elise Tempelhoff het die dorp besoek.

The town where no water runs Featured

Written by Wednesday, 10 June 2015 13:42

Residents of a mining ghost town feel victimised by an uncaring municipality

MINING

BASEL GOLD DAY - HOW TO OBTAIN CLEAN GOLD: THE FSE'S PRESENTATION

Please find the following attached for download: 1. Basel Gold Day: How to obtain clean gold - the consumer perspective 2. Basel Gold Day: Presentation by the FSE

PROPOSED ARTISANAL MINING POLICY - DMRE'S PRESENTATION AND FSE'S SUBMISSION

Attached for download: 1. ASM Policy 20202. FSE's Submission...

SA NEWS

FSE - DONATION OF TREES AND TREE PLANTING IN SIMUNYE, WEST RAND IN ASSOCIATION WITH SOUTH DEEP MINE

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

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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.

WATER

UNPACKING THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN WATER

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The Federation for a Sustainable Environment’s ongoing role in addressing the sewage pollution in the Vaal River

‘People the same as pigs’ in the VaalBy Sheree Bega | 16 Oct 2020 Foul: Pigs ro...

POLLUTION OF THE VAAL RIVER INTERVENTION AS PRESENTED at Rietspruit Forum - Aug 2020

The Intervention document is attached for download....