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Financial Provisioning Regulations: Intergovernmental and Stakeholder meeting on the NEMLA Bill and proposed amendments to the Financial Provisioning Regulations

The Minutes may be opened as a PDF document.



Parliament presses on for Tudor Shaft community relocation

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Francis Hweshe

Cape Town - Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Energy has urged the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) to speed up its pace in trying to assist the Tudor Shaft community in Gauteng, where high levels of radiation were detected.

Wednesday, 04 July 2018 08:00

Tour of the West Rand gold fields 2018

The FSE conducted a tour of the West Rand gold fields, DRD Gold’s and Sibanye-Stillwater’s operations and Gold Fields’ South Deep operations with an investment analyst of Perspective Investment Management on the 25th of June, 2018.

The FSE conducted a tour of the West Rand gold fields on the 2nd of July 2018 with Mr Nick Holland, the CEO of Gold Fields and concluded the tour with a visit to Gold Fields’ South Deep Mine.

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina have published the Proceedings Report  for the Science-Business-Society Dialogue Conference II.

The conference titled “Linking Science, Society, Business and Policy for the Sustainable Use of Abandoned Mines in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region”  was held from 28 – 30 November 2017 at Indaba Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa.   

The Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) participated in the Conference and delivered a presentation titled “Mining-Affected Communities: Risks, Expectations and Opportunities” on the third day of the Conference.  The FSE is a signatory to the attached statement.

The Federation for a Sustainable Environment has noted allegations made by Atha Africa Ventures’ CEO Praveer Tripathi, on his Twitter account.

It is part of our law that the potential impact of a development on the sense of place of an area must be considered.
In the case of Director: Mineral Development Gauteng Region and another v. Save the Vaal Environment and others 1999 (2) SA 709 (SCA) at 715C, the Supreme Court of Appeals with regard to a proposed mine on a wetland next to the Vaal river, identified as an environmental concern the “…predicted constant noise, light, dust and water pollution resulting from the proposed strip mine will totally destroy the ‘sense of place’ of the wetland and the associated Cloudy Creek. Thus the spiritual, aesthetic and therapeutic qualities associated with this area will also be eliminated.”
This finding by the court established sense of place, as an environmental concern that can be impacted upon by development and that should be considered accordingly.
The EAP failed to consider the impacts – as experienced by tourists - of the activity on the unique sense of place of the Pilanesberg National Park, the Kwa Maritane Lodge and Sun City. Sense of place has an economic value.

The following comments are submitted on behalf of the Federation for Sustainable Environment (FSE). The 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. Their 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.

Proposed amendments as a result of the public comment period 24 May 2018

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 10:54

North West Parks Under Threat

Embattled North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has set his sights on the wildlife reserve within the province, propose a bill last week that would repeal the north West Parks board.  Should the bill be passed, the North West government would have full access to all the wildlife resources within the province.  The wold-renowned Pilanesberg National Park and Game Reserve is one of the parks in jeopardy .-Saturday Star

The FSE participated in the 20 years of Environment Impact Assessment in South Africa in Durban on Wednesday, the 16th of May 2018.  The FSE was invited by the Department of Environmental Affairs to present on behalf of civil society on the subject matter.  The FSE’s presentation and the DDG: LACE’s presentations are attached hereto.

See also Saturday Star of May 19 2018’s article titled “Striving for balance.”

The FSE participated in the 2nd Nuclear Regulatory Information Conference, which was held at the Indaba Hotel and Conference Venue in Johannesbug on the 16 – 18th of May 2018.  The Conference was hosted by the National Nuclear Regulator of South Africa.  The FSE was invited to present on the 17th of May 2018 on the subject “Remediation.”  The FSE’s presentation is attached hereto.

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