“The government and mining houses face a major challenge – and strong likelihood of legal action – from a powerful new conservation alliance about to be formed by an array of environmental bodies that are concerned about the way precious parts of the natural environment are being destroyed…”

~ Sunday Independent (9 Sept 2007)

Photograph: Charl Folscher

“The formal founding of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) for South Africa in October 2007 serves as an example of a protagonist progression towards environmental activism which eventually also included traces of proactive activism actions. In specifically the former West Rand and Far West Rand goldfields (known today as the part of the Gauteng Province) FSE activists, and some other environmental protagonists, have engaged with mines and the government: Either for immediate relief in over-utilised mined land, or to address conditions of environmental injustice such as acid mine drainage.  An objective of environmental activists was, and still is, to achieve tactical gains to change outdated mechanisms and ideologies regarding man in relation with environment. Also an incompetency by governments of the day to respond timeously to scientific warnings and community concerns as a result of capacity absences; a lack of skill and a conscious amnesia because of poor record management had to be addressed by environmental activists.”

~ Sunday Independent (9 Sept 2007)

The mines of Johannesburg (Jozi), have produced a third of all the gold mined in human history. Now the mines are falling apart and the city confronts an environmental nightmare: Tons of radioactive waste polluting the air and turning water into poisonous Acid Mine Drainage. Former Jehovah’s Witness Mariette is on a mission to uncover
the truth about Jozi’s mine waste and force the gold industry to take responsibility.

The FSE’s Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) Manual has been compiled in compliance with Section 14 of the PAIA (Act 2 of 2000). You can view and download it below.


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