Too Little, Too Late

Thursday, 27 February, 2014 - 15:36

It is encouraging, albeit a little late in coming, to note that this year’s budget speech included an announcement on consultations regarding acid mine drainage and emissions leading to environmental damage, states the Bench Marks Foundation

It is encouraging, albeit a little late in coming, to note that the 2014 Budget Speech given by Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, included an announcement on consultations regarding acid mine drainage and emissions leading to environmental damage.
 
The minister said that consultations would be initiated on an appropriate funding mechanism in order to complement current efforts and to ensure that the mining sector makes its fair contribution towards continuing acid mine drainage expenses.
 
“It is about time the mining sector is held accountable for the environmental consequences of acid mine drainage and the high levels of emissions,” says John Capel, executive director for the Bench Marks Foundation.
 
“A long-term solution is required, no more “quick fixes” - it’s too late for that. South Africa’s environmental situation, especially in regard to water is shocking.
 
“We cannot fathom why it’s taken so long to get the government to agree that measures need to be taken to address these issues,” says Capel. “We have been highlighting the degeneration of these areas (and others) since our first report in 2007”.
 
“The Bench Marks Foundation will keep a close eye on the consultation process that the National Treasury and the Department of Environmental affairs have promised to do.
 
“In addition,” says Capel “we are very keen to see how the National Treasury will structure the funding mechanism for the mining sector to ensure that they make a fair contribution going forward.”
 
Bench Marks Foundation has been at the cutting edge of research into the Corporate Social Responsibility practices in the mining sector since 2006. Its first report on the Platinum sector in South Africa’s North West Province was published a year later followed by several other reports on coal, uranium, gold and diamonds in other parts of the country as well as in Zambia, Botswana and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

For more information on the reports, refer to www.bench-marks.org.za.

For more information contact:
John Capel
Executive Director
Bench Marks Foundation
Tel: 011 832 1743011 832 1743
Mobile: 082 870 8861082 870 8861
E-mail: jcapel@eject.co.za

Brown Motsau
Bench Marks Foundation
Tel: 011 832 1743011 832 1743
E-mail: brown@benchmarks.org.za

For more about the Bench Marks Foundation, refer to www.bench-marks.org.za
 

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