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19 September 2018 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

Mixed reaction as Cape Town eases restrictions

The easing of Cape Town's water restrictions has received a mixed reaction, writes Legalbrief. According to a News24 report, Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro, the agency that promotes tourism, trade and investment in the Western Cape, described the lowering ... Read More

South Africa

Outcry at notorious wildlife trafficker's early release

Conservationists expressed shock this week after a Thai kingpin of the illegal rhino horn trade was released from jail in Pretoria after serving just six years of his 40-year sentence. According to a TimesLIVE report, Chumlong Lemtongthai was freed on ... Read More

Flyfishers fight trout listing amendments

The Federation of SA Flyfishers (Fosaf) has filed papers in the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) against Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, arguing that proposed amendments to the Alien and Invasive Species Lists that will list trout and other species as ... Read More

Abalone poaching kingpin found guilty of racketeering

An exhaustive exposé of Morne Blignaut’s criminal conduct, over a protracted period, proved his management of an abalone poaching operation beyond reasonable doubt. The exposé, provided by a former employee Brett Killian (29), also showed a pattern of racketeering activities ... Read More

Legalbrief Policy Watch

Environment: Comment sought on GHG inventory report

Once finalised, a draft greenhouse gas inventory report released on Friday for public input will form part of SA’s biennial update to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Sadly, a reference in the document’s executive summary to work still in progress ... Read More


Exec issues climate change call to action

Its important that we shift our collective beliefs about global warming in order to bring about change, writes Mota Mota, an account manager at Edelman South Africa, in an analysis on the City Press site. ‘Climate change places transformational demands ... Read More


Botswana reviews elephant hunting ban

Botswana launched a review last week of a 2014 hunting ban imposed to reverse a decline in elephants and other wildlife. A TimesLIVE report notes that the prohibition on big game sports hunting was the work of former President Ian ... Read More

Uganda and Congo spar over fishing grounds

Kampala has stepped up patrols in recent months to crack down on illegal fishing on Lakes Edward and Albert, straddling Uganda and Congo. According to an SABC News report, the missions have led to the arrest of hundreds of Congolese ... Read More


Regulator backs whale protection proposal

Members of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) have voted to back a Brazilian proposal to give indefinite protection for the world's whale population, following an angry debate. According to a BBC News report, the non-binding ‘Florianopolis Declaration’ sees whaling ... Read More

C40 cities pledge to cut carbon emissions

Some of the world’s largest cities, including London, Paris and New York, have revealed they are no longer increasing their climate-harming carbon emissions – and pledged to cut them further. According to a report in The Independent, greenhouse gas pollution ... Read More

UN Secretary-General calls for collective action

With 2018 shaping up as the fourth-hottest year on record, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned last week that the world must take action in the next two years to avert the disastrous consequences of runaway climate change. According to a ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

* The Women4Climate Tech Challenge is an international contest open to any woman designing an innovative, climate-focused tech solution. C40 will support the innovation community in driving action in cities by promoting women’s projects to take climate action. Complementary to the ... Read More

* The new draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) is out for public comment. Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said STI can be used to exploit new sources of economic growth such as green industries; improve the ... Read More

* Last week, nine environmental justice organisations gathered in Botswana for a regional exchange under the banner of 'Building a solidarity in resistance to coal'. The exchange hosted 30 participants from Botswana and SA. The exchange was hosted by the Botswana ... Read More

Side Bars

Oldest known human-made art found in SA

Oldest known human-made art found in SA The oldest known human-made art discovered to date – a 73 000-year-old cross-hatch design that looks like an oversized hashtag – has been retrieved from the Blombos Cave on the Western Cape coast ... Read More

All-woman African conservation mission sets off

All-woman mission to raise funds for conservation  An all-woman South African-led conservation mission into Southern Africa kicked off at the weekend, bringing together 13 women from around the world to educate and empower communities about human-wildlife conflict. Led by Carla ... Read More