“The FSE interprets Platmin’s ungrounded and defamatory allegations against the FSE as an attempt to divert attention away from its own alleged unlawful actions,” writes Mariette Liefferink, CEO of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment.
In a public letter, Liefferink addresses the allegation of Platmin that the FSE “has its own agenda”.
The Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) refers to Platmin’s letter which was published in Beeld, dated the 22nd of February, 2013. The FSE responds as follows to Platmin’s allegation that “die Federasie vir ‘n Volhoubare Omgewing hul eie agendas het.”
Since this allegation is propagated by Platmin, not only to Beeld but also to other stakeholders, FSE deems it necessary to issue the following public statement:
1. The Constitution of the FSE elucidates the FSE’s Agenda namely to:
1.1 Represent the interests of ordinary people in understanding and defending their constitutional rights, which specifically include section 24 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa;
1.2 By having an environment that is not harmful to health and well being; and
1.3 Is protected for present and future generations; and
1.4 By implementing fully the legislation and other measures available to prevent pollution and ecological degradation;
1.5 Promote conservation and ensure ecological sustainable development and use of natural resources: as well as
1.6 Promote justifiable social and economical development; and
1.7 By having a procedural process whereby administrative decisions, in terms of Section 33 of the Constitution, are lawful, reasonable and fair to all parties and supplies written reasons to adversely affected parties.
2. The FSE’s activities currently focus on the issues of the proper control and licensing of mining and water use in relation to the most disadvantaged of South Africa’s citizens.
3. The Directors and officials of the FSE receive no remuneration for their services and have no narrow or commercial self interest in the issues which they address or enforce.
4. There is no uncertainty that Platmin is currently operating without a Water Use Licence. It is a matter of fact that:
4.1 A water use licence application is not a basis to commence operations;
4.2 A delay in issuing the licence does not constitute a “deemed” approval;
4.3 The National Water Act (No 36 of 1998) makes no provision for a “draft water use licence.”
5. The FSE interprets Platmin’s ungrounded and defamatory allegations against the FSE as an attempt to divert attention away from its own alleged unlawful actions.
CEO: FEDERATION FOR A SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT.
2 February 2013.