The FSE has been selected as a finalist in the NSTF-South 32Awards

The NSTF Awards were established in 1998 as a collaborative effort to recognise outstanding contributions to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation by SET-related professionals and organisations in South Africa. This includes experienced scientists, engineers, innovators, science communicators, engineering capacity builders, and organisational managers/leaders, as well as data and research managers.

The award the FSE has been nominated for is described below.

Award for a contribution to SET and Innovation through an NGO over the last 5 to 10 years 

This award is made to an NGO or a team or an individual working through an NGO registered in South Africa, which has made an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation in South Africa over the last 5 to 10 years.

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Jozi Gold is now available for you to watch in the comfort of your own home.

Watch it here.


At 5pm today, there will be a live Q&A with Mariette Liefferink about the film. Here's the link to the Facebook event:

Published in MINING
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 10:33

Annual Report - 2013

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.

Published in ABOUT FSE
Saturday, 30 August 2008 09:51


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 include  Section 24 of the constitution by having an environment that,

is not harmful to health and well being 

is protected for present  future generations, and 

by implementing fully the legislation and other measures available to,

   prevent pollution and ecological degradation

   promote conservation

   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 and  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)

Published in ABOUT FSE



The FSE, in association with Gold Fields’ South Deep Mine, donated 40 white Karee Trees (Searsia penduline) during Arbor Week to the mining affected community of Simunye in the West Rand and participated in the tree planting ceremony with the community of Simunye, the local Municipality and officials from South Deep Mine.  The FSE also delivered a presentation during the ceremony.

"Varkies" gou op hok, maar als nie pluis | Beeld

Article also available for download as an attachment.

Radon Alert - Carte Blanche

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.

WITS Economics & Finance Courses: Mining for Development: The Taxation Linkage

Economics & Finance Courses at the University of the Witwatersrand. Mining for Development: The Taxation Linkage - Understand taxation for development and sustainability in mining. View the course here. Enrolment starts on the 7th of October 2019.


FSE’s presentation to the Water and Sanitation Sector Leadership Group’s (WSSLG)* Sustainable Development Goal 6 Task Team on Thursday, the 26th of November 2020.

*The Water and Sanitation Sector Leadership Group (WSSLG) is the highest non-statutory strategic sector partnership forum for the South African water sector. The WSSLG serves as a think tank for the water sector and prepares an overarching national action agenda for implementing the National Water and Sanitation Resource Strategy 2 (NWSRS2) and ensures that sound policies, laws, strategies, programmes and institutions are developed to achieve the goals outlined in the NWRS2. The WSSLG also actively facilitates dialogue between the Department of Water and Sanitation, government departments, civil society and the private sector for input, support and contributions to joint strategic and coordinated actions to improve the implementation of water sector policies, strategies and programmes. In its advisory role, the WSSLG provides recommendations on policies, legislation, programmes and strategies and serves as credible forum for stakeholder consultation and involvement in the development of sector policies, legislation, programmes and strategies. Presentation attached for download.

How Relevant are the Vaal Barrage's Catchment Forums

Article in North Star - Vereeniging & Midvaal.Author: Johann Tempelhoff Art...


PDF article attached for download....