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Monday, 20 May 2019 09:40

FSE's Report for April 2019

The FSE April Report is attached for download.

The FSE recently presented a keynote address at the Australian Centre of Geomechanics’ 22nd International Conference on Paste and Tailings. 

Please find attached hereto the programme and the FSE’s sample paper.



The High Court, in January 2019, dismissed Atha’s application for leave to appeal.  Atha petitioned the SCA for leave to appeal the Protected Areas judgement that was obtained in the High Court in November, 2018 by a Coalition of NGOs, of which the FSE is a party to. 

The SCA dismissed Atha’s petition for leave to appeal, with costs. This means that Atha doesn’t have permission to appeal the Protected Areas judgement and is required to pay the costs incurred in opposing the petition. The Court Order is attached. 

The judgment secured in November 2018 remains intact.

For background: In 19 March 2019 the CER on behalf of the Coalition lodged the Coalition’s answering affidavit to Atha’s petition with the SCA. Attached is the affidavit. Atha was entitled to reply to the Coalition’s answering affidavit by 2 April 2019, but they did not exercise that right.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 16:02

FSE's Report for March 2019

The report is attached for download.

Summary of water quantity and quality challenges within the Vaal River system grounded upon the information which was presented by the Department of Water and Sanitation's Directorate: National water resource planning to the strategy steering Committee (SSC) for the continuation of the integrated Vaal River system.

Reconciliation Strategy Guide – PHASE 2 attached for download.

Find the following documents attached for donwload:

  • FSE comments on EIA EMPR
  • Cold Gold Trading PTD Ltd - FSE Appeal Response Report
  • FSE Objection to the Water Use License Application - Authorisation - Palmietkuilen Mine
  • FSE Comments - Reclamation of City Deep Dumps - Draft Scoping Report
  • FSE Comments - Reclamation of Rooi Kraal Dumps - Draft EIA Report
  • The Reclamation and Reprocessing of City Deep and Rooi Kraal Dumps in Johannesburg Gauteng Province.
Friday, 05 April 2019 16:25

ACG Paste 2019 Conference

The Australian Centre for Geomechanics will be holding the  22nd International Conference on Paste, Thickened and Filtered Tailings in Cape Town, South Africa from 8–10 May 2019, in collaboration with Paterson & Cooke.


This will be the fifth time that the event will be held in Southern Africa: Pilanesberg (2001), Cape Town (2004), Botswana (2008) and Rustenburg (2012).

Southern Africa, as a region, is water scarce and has experienced severe droughts for the last few years. Together with changes in local legislation requiring facilities to be lined, there is a renewed interest in paste and thickened tailings and dry stack filter options in the region.

Mariette Liefferink, the CEO of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment, South Africa will be presenting the keynote address on the 10th of May 2019, titled “Selected extracts from South Africa’s environmental legislation, challenges with the management of gold tailings within the Witwatersrand gold fields and case studies”


See program here.

Notes on the Gauteng EIA Sector Stakeholder Seminar - 12 March 2019 are attached for download.


Monday, 01 April 2019 11:58

2019 SA Mining: FSE on a war path

Environmental Management

An article written by Nelendhre Moodley in SA Mining is attached as PDF.

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