Invitation by the DWS to participate in a working session regarding the draft National Water and Sanitation Master Plan: to be held on 2 February 2018 at the DBSA Conference Centre

The following preliminary comments on the National Water and Sanitation Master Plan (NW&SMP) 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, […]


PUBLIC MEETING SAVE the VAAL is hosting a public meeting to discuss pollution issues in the Vaal River. The meeting will be chaired by the Hon. Justice Lötter Wepener Date & Time Saturday 25 November 2017 at 11:00 Venue: 124 Kaalplaats Windsor Road Parking at 122 Kaalplaats Windsor Road Speakers: Malcolm Plant (Chairman: SAVE the […]

Coalition launches High Court proceedings to stop devastating coal mine planned for Mpumalanga water hotspot

Yesterday, a coalition of eight civil society and community organisations launched proceedings in the Pretoria High Court against Indian owned mining company Atha-Africa Ventures Pty Ltd. The coalition is asking the High Court to stop the mining company from commencing with any mining or related activities inside the Mabola Protected Environment outside Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga […]

Eastern Basin acid water plant is “sledgehammer”

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has used a “sledgehammer” for its R1bn treatment plant for acid mine drainage (AMD) on the Eastern mining basin that could ultimately create more toxic water.  This is the view of water strategy and consulting mining hydrologist Kym Morton, who believes government is “wasting money” by pumping large […]

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 […]

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