Joburg Advocacy Group (JAG): AMD - A Business Issue?

Monday, 23 November 2009

AMD - A Business Issue?


We're deeply concerned that the problem of acid mine drainage (AMD), which has been called "the greatest environmental disaster that South Africa has ever faced" is still being treated as a business issue rather than a rights issue, and that a feature on the problem was published in yesterday's Business Times rather than in the main body of the newspaper (see online at http://www.timeslive.co.za/business/article202997.ece).

We've written to the editor of the Sunday Times about this (you can see our letter here), and are working hard to give the people affected by this issue a voice.

Our work is currently focused on (a) trying to set legal precedent in the Constitutional Court that will make it statutory for local, provincial and national government to advise and consult with residents about major environmental threats, and (b) trying to obtain funding for an independent advisory commission to monitor the AMD problem on behalf of the people of the City of Johannesburg and surrounding areas.

Needless to say, this is slow, laborious work, but we're on the case ...

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