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 industry. 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 environment.” 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 Catchment 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.