Mariette Liefferink

Mariette Liefferink

Mariette Liefferink has responded on behalf of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) to a call for submission to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee.  The call is for input towards compiling of a legacy report reflecting the activities over the past five years on water quality and pollution.

Mariette Liefferink, CEO of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment has written an open letter to Pam Yako Director General of the Department of Water Affairs.  She calls on Ms Yako to use her lawful prerogative to engage responsible parties on acidic mine water decanting from the flooded West Rand Basin.

Sunday, 11 January 2009 11:26

Comment on Draft plans for Mine Closure

Mariette Liefferink CEO of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment has issued a comment on the Draft Regional Closure Strategy Of Mines On The West Rand And Far West Rand.

"It is inferred from a reading of the Policy that mining waste and the health risks pertaining to mining waste, particularly gold and uranium mining waste have been passed over.  This, it is respectfully submitted, is a serious omission.  Permit me please to substantiate my statement by borrowing from the findings of official public domain government reports and peer reviewed academic reports."

Read the FSE's comment (about 500kb)

Monday, 05 September 2011 10:39

Mogale Landfill site : Project No. NLA 1176/E

The Federation for a Sustainable Environment comments on Proposed expansion of Luipaardsvlei landfill site, Mogale City Local Municipality, Gauteng

We express, serious concern, however, in the light of historical evidence and precedent, that the proposed mitigation measures will be adequately implemented and monitored, and that the failure to implement the mitigation measures, will be enforced.  The consequences of failure to implement the mitigation measures will be of appreciable magnitude since the impacts will be a significant threat to the poor and the unborn, the two constituencies with little or no political voice.

Download the comment on proposed landfill site

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Proposed expansion of Luipaardsvlei landfill site, Mogale City Local Municipality, Gauteng

FSE’s Preliminary Response to Platmin’s Note For Investors For Information Posted On The Platmin’s Website On The 16 January 2013

While cognisance is taken that the Platmin’s mining activities may result in job creation and contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), it may well come at significant cost and existential risks to other sectors, such as tourism, eco-tourism and conservation with resultant job losses and curtailing of contribution by the said sectors to GDP. Furthermore, it will result in the loss of common natural resources on which the rural people within the North West Province depend. Land degradation and the loss of biodiversity because of mining affect poor people most, as they often depend directly on natural resources. Poverty is wide-spread in the above-mentioned areas notwithstanding the rich platinum group metal resources.

Sunday, 10 February 2013 21:58

Tailings Storage Facility

It has been noted, not without serious concern that the Project will result in:

  • The loss of a wetlands system and that no mitigation methods can be realistically prescribed for this activity;
  • The placement of the TSF within or next to wetland areas will impact on the underlying geohydrology of the system;
  • The surface hydrological dynamics would be altered which will have both water quality and quantity implications for the catchment; and
  • The subsequent loss of ecological services (an important ecological service identified for the system is the enhancement of water quality) provided by the wetland units within this catchment area;
  • The TSF area may have water quality and quantity implications for the downstream water users;
  • The selected TSF site may not be ideal for tailings construction from a wetlands perspective since it is surrounded by wetlands on three sites and very close to the riparian zones of uncommon unchannelled valley bottom wetlands as well as the fact
  • that pans occur in the centre of the site;
  • An offset strategy is recommended but the strategy has not been compiled in consultation with the relevant authorities and interested and affected parties.

A full comment is available to download.

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