The Federation for a Sustainable Environment is engaged in non profit organisation - promoting the ecological sustainability of development and operates principally in South Africa. The financial statement is published, and may be downloaded.
The FSE has published it annual report. Koos Pretorius, Chairman of the FSE, wrote a compelling report. The full annual report is an attachment.
We are gratified at the performance of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) during 2013.
In my seven years as chairperson of the FSE I have had the privilege to see the FSE’s growth and its establishment as one of the leading NGOs within the mining industry, notwithstanding its limited funding. It is critical that the FSE continues in 2014 to lobby and advocate not only for the mining industry and our Government’s responsible dealing with the legacy of historical poor, environmental practices but for intra-generational equity, that is, that the interests of both current and future generations are not compromised by unsustainable mining authorisations and irresponsible mining practices.
The First Annual General Meeting of the FSE was held on 6 September 2008, at the Randfontein Golf and Country Club.
The meeting was formally constituted and chaired by Carin Bosman.
CEO Mariette Liefferink reported on the activities of the FSE in the past year,
The current status with regard to directors was established. It was noted that Carin Bosman has resigned as director but continues to serve as technical advisor for the FSE. Dr. Koos Pretorius, Tony Ferrar, Brand Nthako, Pogiso Bothomane and Mariette Liefferink were re-elected as directors.
The provisional minutes of the meeting may be downloaded here.
The main business of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment is to represent the interests of ordinary people in understanding and defending their constitutional rights, which specifically includeÂ Section 24 of the constitution by having an environment that,
is not harmful to health and well being
is protected for presentÂ future generations, and
by implementing fully the legislation and other measures available to,
prevent pollution and ecological degradation
ensure ecological sustainable development and use of natural resources, and
promote justifiable social and economical development.
And Section 33 of the Constitution by having a procedural process whereby administrative decisions are;
lawful, reasonable andÂ fair to all parties; and
supplies written reasons to adversely affected parties.
To read the full constitution of the FSE, please follow this link. (A word document of about 111kb)
NOTIFICATION OF STATUS OF FEDERATION FOR A SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT AND RESPECTFUL, ALBEIT URGENT REQUEST FOR INCLUSION
Respected officials of State,
I, on behalf of and in the stead of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment, hereby give notice of the formation and registration of the Section 21 Company "Federation for a Sustainable Environment" (FSE) on the 10th of November, 2007. NPO/NGO status is pending (update: number is 062986-NPO). The FSE is supported by Adv. George Bizos and the Legal Resource Centre and consists of 21 NGO's with international affiliations, in addition to civil society associations and academics, scientists, attorneys, advocates and academic institutions.
We shall appreciate your courtesy if the FSE is noted on your records and we hereby respectfully request FSE representation at all public participation forums, meetings, workshops, committees, etc. facilitated or organised by DEAT, DWAF, the NNR, and the DME.
By neglecting the incorporation of mandated representatives of the FSE who can influence the decisions within environmental matters, may inordinately disadvantage the public and the environment. It is important that the FSE, an overarching NGO representing NGO's and civil society, especially affected parties within informal settlements or of previously disadvantaged backgrounds be afforded the capacity to participate fully in environmental decisions. It follows hence that for the proposed engagement with NGO's to be effective, the contributions of all affected parties must be considered. All parties should be satisfied that an opportunity was given to all mandated NGO's and civil society to raise concerns and to present argument and that the decisions of organs of state, whether in the local, provincial and national sphere of Government reflect the contributions made.
The correct interpretation of the meaning "participation" is reflected in section 2(4) of NEMA:
(f) The participation of all interested and affected parties in environmental governance must be promoted, and all people must have of the opportunity to develop the understanding, skills and capacity necessary for achieving equitable and effective participation, and participation by of vulnerable and disadvantaged the persons must be ensured.
The choice of words reflects an active involvement by interested and affected parties in the participation process. The word "participation" is used in favour of the more restrictive word "consultation". Of importance is the duty to develop capacity to ensure effective communication. Please note that the purpose is not to ensure a good decision on the merits but for achieving equitable and effective participation. The creation of capacity is however regarded as essential. This would not be necessary if the action required of interested and affected parties is restricted to commenting. Such capacity is necessary since, in terms of the NEMA, a more sophisticated integrated interrelated and debating process is envisaged.
In anticipation, please accept my cordial thanks.
FOR AND ON BEHALF OF:
FEDERATION FOR A SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT
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Article also available for download as an attachment.
Millions of South Africans are exposed to radioactive radon gas in their homes and workplaces every day, as the naturally occurring gas escapes through cracks in the earth. The second leading cause of lung cancer in several countries, radon breaks down and when inhaled, decaying atoms emit alpha radiation that can damage the DNA. There are no safe levels of radon concentration. The United States Environmental Protection Agency emphasises any radon exposure has some risk of causing lung cancer. Carte Blanche investigates why South Africa has no regulations to protect against radon accumulation in the home and what you can do to test your home and prevent lung cancer. Watch the video here.
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