HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION - REPORT ON THE NATIONAL HEARING ON THE UNDERLYING SOCIO-ECONOMIC CHALLENGES OF MINING AFFECTED COMMUNITIES
The SAHRC launched its Report on the National Hearing on the Underlying Socio-economic Challenges of Mining-affected Communities in South Africa on the 22nd of August 2018. The FSE participated in the Hearing and many of its issues of concern are addressed in the Report. The Report may be opened here as a PDF document.
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.
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.
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 includeÂ Section 24 of the constitution by having an environment that,
is not harmful to health and well being
is protected for presentÂ future generations, and
by implementing fully the legislation and other measures available to,
prevent pollution and ecological degradation
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 andÂ 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)
The FSE contributed to the article titled “Caught between a rock and hard place”...
Notification of the Withdrawal of the Application of an Amendment of the Environmental Authorisation and Environmental Management Programme for the Sweet Sensation Sand Mining Operation in Free State
The concerted efforts and submissions to the Department of Mineral Resources and...
FSE - DONATION OF TREES AND TREE PLANTING IN SIMUNYE, WEST RAND IN ASSOCIATION WITH SOUTH DEEP MINE
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.
Article also available for download as an attachment.
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.
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.
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Toxic green algae in the Vaal River is caused by eutrophication, which harms wat...