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Pouring poison

Written by Friday, 26 August 2011 08:48

People are living in close proximity to dangerous mine dumps. Meanwhile, government is moving slowly to address the problem Nthabiseng, Gloria and Lauren have been living in Tudor Shaft informal settlement near Krugersdorp for "five or six years", since leaving Polokwane to find work. They have matric, but there are "no jobs, no bursaries, no scholarships", they say, nursing babies on their hips.

AMD presentation to Portfolio Committee

Written by Tuesday, 28 June 2011 06:14

The Federation for a Sustainable Environment presented on 21-22 June to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Water & Environmental Affairs.  The subject of the presentation was the ongoing problems with managing Acid Mine Drainage.

The FSE and the Centre for Environmental Rights submitted written comment.

Die Ngonyama Lion Lodge in die ekologies vernietigde Krugersdorp-wildtuin is gister op ’n veiling in Sandton, in die noorde van Johannesburg, vir R17,5 miljoen aan ’n onbekende koper verkoop.

The history of the gold mining industry is surrounded by no obscurity. 120 years of non-internalised negative externalities have resulted in a legacy of polluted surface- and groundwater, Acid Mine Drainage (AMD), air pollution, degraded land, gaping holes in the ground and un-enriched and disrupted communities.

Suspension "procedurally unfair"

Written by Friday, 28 November 2008 10:06

Dr Anthony Turton was suspended on 21 November 2008 by his employer, the CSIR ,on the grounds that his paper on the impending crisis in water supply in South Africa contained statements that amounted to misconduct by him. In addition, Dr Turton was criticised for his communications on this matter to the media.

Mynbou nalentskap is "rampspoedig"

Written by Saturday, 22 November 2008 22:26

Mynbou het vir SA groot ekonomiese voorspoed gebring. Die nalatenskap van mynbou in die land was egter tot dusver in ’n groot mate “rampspoedig”.

Suur mynwater aan Rand veroorsaak

Written by Sunday, 21 September 2008 11:35

Die Suid-Afrikaanse regering sal binnekort geen ander keuse hê nie as om ’n “radikale, baie duur” aksieplan in werking te stel om die bedreiging wat suur mynwater aan die Witwatersrand vir die omgewing, mens en dier inhou, te probeer regstel.

Bloedspoor van die Mynbedryf

Written by Friday, 01 August 2008 22:58

Duisende mense en diere wat binne etlike kilometer van die Tweelopiespruit aan die Wes-Rand woon, sit op 'n chemiese tydbom, sê kenners. Elise Tempelhoff volg die bloedspoor wat die mynbedryf oor 120 jaar hier gelos het.

In 1998, the White Paper on Energy outlined a comprehensive energy policy for South Africa. Since then, several laws have been passed and implemented; however, many gaps remain. The Draft National Energy Bill seeks to fill those gaps, as well as to respond to some of the regulatory issues responsible for precipitating recent energy crisis.

Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) and Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA Jhb) raise concern that the bill does not adequately focus on the needs of South Africa’s poor.

Wild Coast mining can be stopped

Written by Monday, 14 April 2008 00:00

SOUTH Africa's environmental authorities have strongly rejected heavy minerals mining plans that could cause irreversible and extensive damage to pristine parts of the Wild Coast - but the Department of Minerals and Energy is still considering granting a mining licence.

And in a development described by leading environmental lawyers as "bizarre", "plain nonsense" and "patently ridiculous", the Department of Environmental Affairs has admitted to a bungle by submitting its official objections "too late" to be taken into account by the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME).


Palmietkuilen Coal Mining Project Rejected

The Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) has refused to grant permission for the proposed Palmietkuilen Coal Mining Project.  The FSE with other interested and affected parties lodged an objection with the Department of Mineral Resources against the proposed open cast coal mine to be situated on the Palmietkuilen farm in Lesedi.

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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.  


December 23 2017 POLLUTION OF VAAL RIVER ‘AT CRISIS POINT’ SHEREE BEGA “Extraordinary high levels of pollution” in the Vaal River are causing health risks, environmental degradation and water shortages.

The FSE on Al Jazeera English’s award-winning show, The Stream

The FSE will appear on Al Jazeera English’s award-winning show, The Stream Wednesday, December 20th from 9:30p – 10:00p SAST


Coalition defending Mpumalanga water source area

Last week, the coalition of eight civil society and community organisations that has been resisting the proposed coal mine inside a protected area and strategic water source area in Mpumalanga launched further proceedings in the Pretoria High Court.

Project to heal polluted river . System will·create stream·of jobs

THE POTENTIAL to create 100 climate jobs and to help : bring a "dead river syste...

'Mine Water can be treated, safe'

SOUTH Africans have to "change their mindsets" that they can't drink acid mine d...