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The Federation for Sustainable Environment presented at the Greater Pilansberg Water Forum Meeting, among other presenters.  These presentation are presented here to download.

Greater Pilansberg Water Forum

Written by Monday, 27 May 2013 08:52

The FSE facilitated and organised a successful Water Forum on the 30th of April, 2013 at the Maslow Hotel, Sandton in order to address the water resource constraints within the Greater Pilanesberg area.

Revived Water Forum - First Meeting Featured

Written by Sunday, 14 April 2013 09:17

The Federation for a Sustainable Environment in collaboration with Sun International and the Legacy Group Holdings hereby cordially invite you to the first meeting of the revived Water Forum, which is to be held at 10h00 on the 30th of April, 2013 at the Maslow Hotel, Corner of Grayston Drive and Rivonia Road, Sandton. 
Please confirm your attendance and participation before or on the 30th of March, 2013.

Ratings agency Moody’s Investor Service on Thursday warned that environmental factors, such as water scarcity, could adversely impact on the ratings of global mining companies if they failed to proactively manage the accompanying operational and political risks to their businesses.

Plea for Clean Water

Written by Saturday, 10 March 2012 02:00


Without clean water, there is no dignity. And that's why for Janet Love the acid mine drainage (AMD) crisis on the Witwatersrand's goldfields centres on the preservation of human rights.

The Federation for a Sustainable Environment will sue the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) if it doesn't start cleaning up the acid mine drainage (AMD) poisoning the Witwatersrand.

Environmental group Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) and the Department of Water Affairs continue to trade accusations in the media over the alleged pollution of major water catchment areas in Gauteng, following an investigation carried out by The New Age.

Acid mine plan underwhelms

Written by Monday, 28 February 2011 17:07

Government's newly released report on acid mine drainage and the budget allocated to deal with it has had a lukewarm response from environmentalists.

"Among the many things that I learnt as president was the centrality of water in the social, political and economic affairs of the country, the continent and the world." These words were spoken by former president Nelson Mandela at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, 2002.

Despite its importance to development, human health, a thriving economy and a sustainable environment, the quality of South Africa's water is fast degrading. Already considered water stressed, the country is pegged to be water scarce by 2025. Naturally a semi-arid nation and the 30th driest country in the world, minimal water resources are being stretched by rising demands from an increasing population and growing industry, and further harmed by poor maintenance of human, agricultural, and industrial waste.

Concerns that Johannesburg and the Cradle of Humankind will soon be flooded with acid mine drainage (AMD) have been central to discussions on polluted mine water for months, with the public being worked up into a frenzy about the CBD sinking and South Africa's heritage being wiped out.

While a media storm has been created around these predictions, fuelled by worried activists and a reactionary government, estimations of both sites flooding are not as concrete as one might think. Some scientists and government officials note that Johannesburg will with no uncertainty be the next target, advocating action, while others claim the city faces a very minimal threat. Similar opinions surround potential affects on the Cradle.