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.Â 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.
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."
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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.Â 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.
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.
It has been noted, not without serious concern that the Project will result in:
A full comment is available to download.