The Federation for a Sustainable Environment in collaboration with Sun International and the Legacy Group Holdings hereby cordially invite you to the first meeting of the revived Water Forum, which is to be held at 10h00 on the 30th of April, 2013 at the Maslow Hotel, Corner of Grayston Drive and Rivonia Road, Sandton.
Please confirm your attendance and participation before or on the 30th of March, 2013.
The Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) warned of catastrophic effects on Johannesburg's water if new mines are opened in Mpumalanga.
Shares in First Uranium plunged in Johannesburg late on Friday, after the gold and uranium miner said that the new order mining right for its Mine Waste Solutions (MWS) tailings operation had been “withdrawn”.
The Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) hereby congratulates The National Association of Conservancies of South Africa (NACSA) and its Chairperson, Anthony Duigan, his wife, Helen Duigan and its Operations Director, Mercia Komen on a very successful “Seeding Sustainable Living: the power of conservancies" Conference, held at the Sizanani Conference Centre in Bronkhorstspruit on the 14th and 15th of June, 2008.
The current lime treatment of the uncontrolled AMD has resulted in the deposition of sludge in the first receptor dam within the Tweelopiespruit, part of the Crocodile River System and Limpopo Catchment.Â This dam, the Hippo Dam, is outside mine property, located within the Krugersdorp Game Reserve.Â The sludge contains toxic and radioactive heavy metals.
The Department of Water Affairs (DWA) as part of the Government Task Team on mine closure and water management together with mining companies have agreed on a model to deal with the Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) challenge that is affecting the Western, Central and Eastern Basins (the Witwatersrand gold fields area) which is impacting mainly on the Vaal and the Crocodile River systems.
Dr Anthony Turton was suspended on 21 November 2008 by his employer, the CSIR ,on the grounds that his paper on the impending crisis in water supply in South Africa contained statements that amounted to misconduct by him. In addition, Dr Turton was criticised for his communications on this matter to the media.
Save the Vaal Environment (SAVE), an NGO striving to protect the Vaal River and its environs, obtained a court order in the High Court of Johannesburg on Tuesday 2 June 2009 against the Emfuleni municipality.Â Despite strenuous opposition to the application by Emfuleni, Judge John Horn ordered Emfuleni to stop the deliberate sewage spillage into the Vaal River that has been occurring unabated for months.
There is currently a paper being drafted which is believed will be for international distribution. The paper alleges that, with reference to the Wonderfonteinspruit Catchment, NGOs are active for the very fist time in the history of mine water management in South Africa.
The Federation for a Sustainable Environment is meeting with community leaders to arrange environmental workshops.
Preparatory meetings with community leaders are underway, including a recent meeting with the Councilor for the Kagiso Constituency, namely Magaret Mohube and Headmistress of the Munsieville Primary School.
The purpose of the environmental workshops is to raise environmental awareness of the health and environmental impacts of mines upon local communities and the environmental rights of communities. It also addresses socio-economic issues.