WWF Review and Analysis of the Mine Closure and Financial Provision for the Environmental Rehabilitation Regime in South Africa

The mining sector, which has been a prominent feature of the South African economy over the years, has left a legacy of environmental degradation in its wake. Despite this, comprehensive legislation to regulate environmental management and mine closure processes (including financial provision requirements) only materialised in recent years. As a result, many historical mining operations were abandoned by their operators with little or no regard to the management of the impacts on public health and safety, and the environment.

WWF’s Briefing Note, Review and Analysis of the Mine Closure and Financial Provision for the Environmental Rehabilitation Regime in South Africa, examines regulation of financial provision for remediation of environmental damage under ‘One Environmental System’ and, beyond that, to draft regulations for the future.

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Elsabe is the Creative director: Graphic Design at Farm Design. The company is located on the slopes of Table Mountain in the beautiful Cape Town. After years of experience in the design and advertising of fast-moving consumer goods, Elsabe wanted to do “design that makes a difference”. She therefor concentrates on academic and advocacy work for issues that she considers as important. These include climate change, human rights and law. Her particular skill is in making content easy to understand, interesting to engage with, and accessible. Elsabe loves technology and code. She started learning HTML in the mid eighties and has been on the learning treadmill ever since. She is able to do both the front end design and the back-end installation of websites. She believes that a good job is always a collaborative undertaking – a good brief with a clear target market, quality research and writing polished with detailed editing, uncluttered design with a purpose, and meticulous proofing. Farm Design’s clients and collaborators are situated from Cape Town to the UK, Canada, US, and various countries across Africa. Elsabe holds a BA degree in Graphic Design from Stellenbosch University, with majors in Design and Photography. In the creative industry you are often asked about awards won. Though she has received a Loerie Award for design, from the USA the Clio Gold Award and the Communications Arts Annual Award of Excellence, she considers her best award to be the clients she has worked with for decades.