The Federation for Sustainable Environment presented at the Greater Pilansberg Water Forum Meeting, among other presenters. These presentation are presented here to download.
The FSE facilitated and organised a successful Water Forum on the 30th of April, 2013 at the Maslow Hotel, Sandton in order to address the water resource constraints within the Greater Pilanesberg area.
The Federation for a Sustainable Environment presented on 21-22 June to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Water & Environmental Affairs. The subject of the presentation was the ongoing problems with managing Acid Mine Drainage.
The FSE and the Centre for Environmental Rights submitted written comment.
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
Comments on Public Participation - Relevancy of Central Rand Gold's Alleged Environmental Infractions to The Project, and Fragments on the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry's Best Practice Guidelines pertaining to the Environmental Impact Assessment Western Utilities Corporation Mine Water Reclamation Project.
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Notwithstanding the establishment of the Wonderfonteinspruit Regulators Steering Committee on the 21st of December 2007 andÂ admirable intentions of the Wonderfonteinspruit Regulators Steering Committee to address an urgent environmental matter, and the honourable Minister's response, the following issues remain unaddressed at the time of writing:
THE FSE'S REFUTATION OF AFRICAN NICKEL'S (THE APPLICANT) RESPONSES PERTAINING TO THE AMENDMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PLAN AND PROSPECTING WORK PROGRAMME TO INCLUDE ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES ON THE CURRENT PROSPECTING AREA AND AN APPLICATION FOR THE RENEWAL OF THE PROSPECTING RIGHT IN RESPECT OF THE FARM SITUATED AT GOLDEN VALLE 62 IQ, MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT OF KRUGERSDORP
On 19 May, the Federation for a Sustainable Environment submitted a report to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Water and the Environment, on invitation. The subject, the current status of AMD.
The FSE has lodged an objection to the approval of the EMPR and granting of the mining right in the DE WITTEKRANS COAL MINE PROJECT MP 30/5/1/1/2/365 MR by Mashala Hendrina Coal. The document may be downloaded here. (91kb)
This document records a chronological timeline of Government efforts regarding the treatment of Acid Mine Drainage: West Rand goldfields.