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					Mariette Liefferink

Mariette Liefferink was recognised as one of Femina’s 8 national eco-warriors.

                   She is the CEO of the Federation for a Sustainable
                   Environment. Her tertiary education includes training in
                   Common Law, Contract Law and Environmental Law.

                   She is an activist involved in 10 years of environmental
                   advocacy and lobbying within the oil, gold and uranium
mining industry.

Her Environmental Advocacy Campaigns include a 7 year successful, high
profile oppositional environmentalism campaign against Shell, environmental
campaigns involving GoldFields, Harmony Gold, Uranium One, Mintails, DRD
Gold, AngloGold Ashanti and Blyvooruitzicht Gold Mining Company.

As delegate at World Summit for Sustainable Development (2002) she
delivered a submission of a paper on Corporate Accountability. Case Study:
Shell in Bryanston.

She has been instrumental in effecting Policy Changes in Government
(Appointment of Regulators Steering Committee, Team of Experts, re-
establishment of Water Forums within the Wonderfonteinspruit Catchment,
etc.) She submitted a leading and successful call to the National Nuclear
Regulator for regulatory decisions pertaining to the uranium concentrations
recorded within the catchment of the Wonderfonteinspruit.

She published international and national academic papers, inter alia
“Environmental ethics and crime in the water affairs of the Wonderfontein
Spruit Catchment, Gauteng, South Africa” (August, 2008); “Past and Present
Action   of   Environmental   Heritage   by   NGOs    in    the   Controversial
Wonderfonteinspruit Catchment, Gauteng – a Critical Assessment” (New
Contree, Volume 53. May, 2007); Contributions to “Some human actions in
the destruction and construction of culture and nature – the Merafong region
as a case study” (The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern
Africa, Vol. 2, No 2, December 2006)

She plays a leading role in the empowerment of local and marginalized
communities to articulate their environmental concerns and to participate
meaningfully in environmental decision making (2003 – 2008). She
participates in Parliamentary Portfolio Committees on inter alia Nuclear
Hearings,   amendments      to   the   Mineral   and   Petroleum    Resources
Development Act, No 28 of 2002 and the National Environmental
Management Act, No 107 of 1998; Mine Closure, Water Quality and Pollution;
the NEM Amendment Bill B362007; etc.

She also participated in the development of national policies and guidelines
inter alia Best Practice Guidelines regarding Resource Protection and Waste
in Mining and National Groundwater Strategy and played a leading role in
effecting the enforcement of the polluter pays principle within the gold mining

She lead a successful campaign to put scientific official reports pertaining to
the impacts of gold mining upon the ecology, ground and surface water and
radiological impacts within the public domain and lobbies to reform legal
measures (Constitutional right to have access to sufficient water, promotion of
access to information and promotion of administrative justice, freedom of
speech and press, etc.

She also participated in and/or conducted workshops, inter alia the
Government Task Team on Mining Closure and Rehabilitation, the West Rand
District Municipality (Waste Management Forum), Uranium Exploration and
Mining Workshop in co-operation with the National Nuclear Regulator, and
the CAPCAN AFRICA “A management approach to environmental social
responsibility and accountability in practice” for senior environmental
managers; seminars; conferences inter alia the International Conference on
“Exploring transdisciplinary discourses: Water, society and the environment
in Africa” , Water Institute of South Africa (Sun City, May 2008)etc. (2002 –
2008); BHP Billiton’s Graduate Development Mining and the Environment
Course, which is accredited to the Graduate Diploma of Engineering/MSc
programmes for both Mining Engineering and Environmental Sciences, at the
Mining School at the Witwatersrand University (Aug. 2008); Energy and
Power Development Conference (July, 2008), hosted by the South African
Reserve Bank.

She was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation for environmental projects by
the West Rand District Municipality and the NACSA (National Association of
Conservancies of South Africa) award for 2008 in acknowledgement of the
“extraordinary things which ordinary people across the country do for the

She drives public awareness campaigns and whistleblowing regarding non-
internalised negative externalities and environmental infractions within the
gold mining areas of the West Rand and Far West Rand in co-operation with
international and national news media.

She received extensive international and national news media coverage inter
alia, the BBC, the BBC Canada, CNBC Africa, Al Jazeera, Carte Blanche –
MNet, Special Assignment, Fokus, 50/50, SABC 2 & 3, E-TV, UNESCO,
Finweek, Farmers Weekly, Human Rights Watch, SHEQ, Beeld, The Star,
The Sunday Times, The Business Times, The Sowetan, The Citizen, The
Cape Times, regional newspapers, Radio 702, RSG, SAFM, etc.
In co-operation with research groups and scientist she is instrumental in
scientific research and the publication of reports such as:
    Cancer maps (Dr. Carl Albrecht, CANSA)
    Epidemiological studies inter alia a high confidence human health study
     in the Wonderfonteinspruit using human milk-teeth to determine health
     risk within a population that has had chronic exposure to heavy metals
     and radionuclide contamination (CSIR – Dr. Anthony Turton)
    A Hydrogeological Assessment of Acid Mine Drainage Impacts in the
     West Rand Basin, Gauteng Province (CSIR – Phil Hobbs)
    National Nuclear Regulator’s Report on the radiological risks to the
     public within the gold mining areas of the Wonderfonteinspruit
    Effects of AMD on karst and cave eco-systems and aquatic biota (Dr.
     Francois Durand)
    Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility in South Africa (Dr.
     David Fig)
    Peak Poison – The elite Energy crises and environmental justice
     (groundwork – Victor Munnik)
    Past and Present actions of environmental heritage in the controversial
     Wonderfontein Catchment – a critical assessment (NWU – Prof. Elize
     van Eeden)
    A historical assessment of NGO efficiency in progressing towards a
     sustainable environmental heritage focus, with as case study the
     Wonderfontein Spruit catchment (NWU – Prof. Elize van Eeden)
    Redressing Inequality (CSIR – Dr. Anthony Turton)
    Water, mining, and waste: an historical and economic perspective on
     conflict management in South Africa (Rebecca A. Adler, Marius
     Claassen, Linda Godfrey and Anthony R. Turton)

She co-operate with inter alia the Centre for Environmental Studies,
Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria (Francois
Friend (2004), Caroline A. Yetman (2006)), University of Berlin Freie,
Universitat Berlin (Jana Honke, Political Scientist), Martin Luther University,
Halle-Wittenburg (Prof. Dr. Peter Wycisk, Faculty of Agriculture, Geosciences,
Mathematics and Computer Science) and with IUCN (Mike Buchanan, Prof.
Gunther Pauli, Dr. Ger Berkamp).

She has acted in an advisory capacity for Advocate Dumisa Ntsebetsa, former
chief investigator of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and
Ngcebetsha Madlanga Attorneys in the reparation cases for Human Rights
Abuses against Multinationals (2004).     She also worked with Dr. Eduard
Hoen, EAWAG, Switzerland on the project “Water Resource Quality: Towards
Integrated Water Management.

Mariette plays a leading Role as advisor to the Legal Resource Centre on
human rights violations with the gold mining areas of the Wonderfonteinspruit
and in the preparing legal documents in the class action case to call for the
declaration of the Constitution right of access to sufficient water and for the
establishment of legal precedent, and is mandated to act on behalf of
conservancies, civil society groups, NGOs, community groups, quasi-
governmental organizations and institutions, and affected parties within the
gold mining areas of the West Rand and Far West Rand.

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