Appeal: Mining expanding into wildlife corridor

The expansion of a mining project that cuts through a protected water system and a proposed wildlife migration corridor in North West province has been given the go-ahead by environmental authorities. The Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE), a group of community-based civil society organisations, has appealed the authorisation – arguing that “environmental decisions must […]

The Destruction of the Highveld

“Various organisations have done critical work on understanding the impacts on mining in 2016. The Centre for Environmental Rights has exposed the brutal reality of poor governance and its entrenched nature. The Centre for Applied Legal Studies has clearly shown that the Social Labour Plans, promising a new life for those whose lands are destroyed, has failed […]

Appeal: Expansion of Mining Operations in Madikwe-Pilanesberg Corridor

The Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) has appealed the environmental authorisation for the expansion of the mining operations of Pilanesberg Platinum Mines within a highest biodiversity sensitive area and a national freshwater ecosystem priority area, which the FSE alleges, will adversely impact on the functionality and viability of the proposed Heritage Park. It is […]

Gold rush leaves toxic hangover

The ‘West and Central Rand’ have historically contained some the biggest gold deposits on Earth. But extracting this resource has left a dangerous environmental legacy, says the Harvard Law School in a new and alarming report. Sheree Bega examines some of its findings An eerie silence hangs over the dead waters of Robinson Lake and […]

Truth of the dust that brings death

A new hard-hitting report from Harvard Law School details how South Africa has failed to meet its human rights obligations concerning gold mining in and around Joburg. Bonnie Docherty, who led the research, spoke to Sheree Bega Johannesburg – Great riches and high risks. That’s the story of gold mining on the Witwatersrand, where the […]

Harvard Report: The Cost of Gold

A report has been published by the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic titled “The Cost of Gold: Environmental, Health, and Human Rights Consequences of Gold Mining in South Africa’s West and Central Rand. The reports states, “The complex web of responsible government agencies and repeated legislative changes to that organizational structure have impeded the development of a coordinated […]

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