ANNEXURE B (NATIONAL WATER RESOURCE STRATEGY)
ANNEXURE C (IVRS RECONCILIATION STRATEGY)
& D (NEMA FINANCIAL REGULATIONS) - attached for download.
APPENDIX A - NATIONAL WATER AND SANITATION MASTER PLAN - attached for download.
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The year got off to a great start for Jozi Gold. The film has been selected for the prestigious CPH DOX International Film Festival in Copenhagen, it is a finalist in the SIMA Awards and it will feature in The Bioscope Independent Cinema’s Best Films of 2019 screenings this coming weekend.
It is a major achievement for Jozi Gold that the international premiere will be at CPH DOX, one of the biggest and most important documentary festivals in the world. It takes place in Copenhagen from March 18th to 29th and the producers/directors are aiming to launch the international Impact Campaign at the same time.
And hot on the heels of the CPH DOX announcement came an award. The annual Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) celebrate the highest standard of social impact storytelling, honouring cutting edge filmmaking from around the world that inspires activism, compassion and social transformation. Each year, projects are selected from over 140 countries, competing for awards, cash prizes, media features, and entry into SIMA’s distribution programmes that bring selected works to communities and classrooms worldwide. The winners will be announced on February 7th, 2020.
A letter from the organisers states: “We are committed to advancing the culture of social-impact filmmaking and championing filmmakers and change-makers like YOU, who use creative storytelling to inspire awareness, compassion and action. Thank you for inspiring us with your work!”
And, on the Homefront, The Bioscope Independent Cinema in Maboneng, Johannesburg has opted for a third run of Jozi Gold as part of their Best Films of 2019 screenings.
The festive season was barely in sunset mode when we received a request from the University of Cape Town to screen Jozi Gold for a group of foreign students (mostly from the USA and focusing on environmental studies) who had just arrived to spend a semester in the Mother City. Professor Marc Los Huertos from Pomona College in Los Angeles requested the screening after reading about Jozi Gold online. Pomona is one of the USA’s premier liberal arts colleges.
Jozi Gold, raising awareness and spreading the inspiration one screening at a time. Watch it here: Jozi Gold Film.
The producers/directors' mailing address is:
WG Film AB Västergatan 22a SE-211 21
Malmö SE-211 21
Comments are attached for download.
NEWS / 25 OCTOBER 2019, 10:04PM / SHEREE BEGA
A decision by the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Environmental Affairs setting aside the environmental approval for a planned open-cast coal mine on the East Rand has been hailed as "excellent" for the region.
In her decision on October 20, Minister Barbara Creecy stated that it was vital that commercial agriculture be safeguarded in the Springs/Nigel area.
Local resident, business and environmental groups had appealed the Department of Mineral Resources' (DMR) approval of the integrated environmental authorisation for the proposed Palmietkuilen coal mine in March this year.
Creecy has now upheld their appeal, setting aside the DMR's decision.
The Grootvaly Blesbokspruit Conservation Trust, the Largo and Groovaly AH Residents and Businesses, Aston Lake Community and the Springs Nigel branch of the Wildlife and Environment Society of SA, were among the organisations who had brought seven appeals against the project.
In August 2016, Anglo Operations, on behalf of Canyon Coal, applied to build the open-pit coal mine. The project is anticipated to have a life of mine of 47 years, with the anticipated production of 2 400 000 tons of coal per year to supply local and international markets.
The proposed mine is upstream of the Blesbokspruit, which feeds the Marievale Bird Sanctuary in Springs and flows into the Vaal. It is a designated a Ramsar wetland of international importance.
In her appeal decision, Creecy notes how Hugo Arthur de Koningh, the second appellant in the matter, argued that agricultural land "has to disappear for the sake of economic development" and expressed concern that "food security became more threatened".
Creecy agreed."While I am aware of the social benefits of the proposed mining, I find that such does not outweigh the need to to protect and preserve the prime agricultural land.
"The said area has been utilised for agricultural activities for generations and can go on to be used for such provided soil disturbances are avoided."
"One of the biggest threats to the retention of productive agricultural land is the conflict between agriculture and mining land uses. With the matter at hand, I find that it is vital to preserve the current land use, mainly commercial agriculture," Creecy said.
"This is excellent news for Springs and the farmers of our area and our thanks to all who participated in the seven appeals that were lodged," said the attorney in the case, Philip De Jager.
"I would, however, point out that the applicant is entitled to have this decision judicially reviewed."
Local environmentalist Stan Madden, the "father of the Blesbokspruit", welcomed Creecy's decision. "I was one of the group of organisations (Springs-Nigel branch of Wessa) that were against the environmental authorisation in the Palmietkuilen area.
"I and others are very pleased with the Minister's decision not to grant this authorisation. It does give a little hope for the future of this sensitive wetland and agricultural heartland, Madden said.
Mariette Liefferink, the CEO of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment, said it was "heartened" by Creecy's decision to uphold the appeal by interested and affected parties and to set aside the decision by the DMR.
"It demonstrates the power of active citizenry to ensure that development is ecological sustainable and economically justifiable.
"With South Africa being a water scarce country, with a rapid population growth that consumes a substantial amount of food and water, and vulnerable to the potential impacts of climate change and climate variability, the proposed open cast coal mine would have compromised sustainability and would have exceeded environmental tipping points," she said.
In their appeals, residents cited how an objection by the then Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries against the loss of high agricultural land was ignored by the DMR.
On September 25, comments were provided to Creecy by the now Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, indicating that the proposed mining activity is located within a proposed protected agricultural area, which has a priority rating of B.
"According to DALRRD, this means that this area is regarded as high potential agricultural land, which should be protected for agricultural production purposes," Creecy noted.
The directorate of spatial information management within Creecy's department was requested to do a screening of the proposed mining area, "which confirms that the site comprises mainly very sensitive agricultural areas", she said.
The DMR had stated that the impact on agricultural land was considered and assessed and studies had shown how the proposed mining activity "will have minimal and acceptable impacts on food security".
Jozi Gold Review
The prestigious Modern Times Review takes a look at Jozi Gold saying: “We see how secrecy and a lack of accountability shored up the power imbalances and oppressive practices of mining, which wrote the troubled history of South Africa as an extractive economy, and as a system of apartheid that mining sustained.” Read the full review here.
Comments attached for download....
SWEET SENSATIONS SAND MINE: INTERVENTION BY THE MINISTER OF FORESTRY AND FISHERIES AND ENVIRONMENT IN TERMS OF THE LEGISLATIVE REFERRAL PROCESS PROVIDED FOR IN SECTION 31D OF THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT ACT, 107 OF 1998.
Letter addressing non-compliance by Sweet Sensations Sand Mine attached for down...
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.
Article also available for download as an attachment.
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.
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.
Article in North Star - Vereeniging & Midvaal.Author: Johann Tempelhoff Art...
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