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23 March 2018 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

Court action delays IPP contract signing

An ideological clash has become evident in the ongoing dispute between coal workers and government over the delayed signing of 27 REIPPP agreements last week, writes Legalbrief, as roleplayers fight to define what a South African just energy transition will ... Read More

South Africa

Drought in worst-hit areas now a national disaster

The drought and water crisis gripping some parts of the country has been declared a national state of disaster, Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize declared last week. As there were no comforting signs of improvement in the ... Read More

SA using too much water – study

If the government fails to respond to the country's critical water situation, South Africans could face a situation similar to the energy crisis that nearly paralysed the economy, according to a Water Research Commission (WRC) report released last week ... Read More

Legalbrief Policy Watch

Energy: Right to cost-efficient, clean energy reaffirmed

The Department of Energy will continue to ‘vigorously defend’ the right of consumers in SA to access cost-efficient, clean energy. This, notes Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy watch, was confirmed last week by Energy Minister Jeff Radebe in a media statement on ... Read More

Legislation: Hearings identify flaws in Carbon Tax Bill

Given the numerous challenges widely perceived to be associated with the revised draft Carbon Tax Bill, government’s intention to implement a carbon tax next January may be premature, notes Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. The unintended consequences of doing so were ... Read More



US hunting advisory board's composition in question

A new US advisory board created to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos is stacked with trophy hunters, including some members with direct ties to US President Donald Trump and ... Read More

Kenyan resort builds homes from plastics

The Kenyan resort village of Watamu, best known for its tropical beaches and Swahili history, is taking on plastic waste, turning it into homes and furniture – and maybe even a ship capable of sailing all the way to SA ... Read More

Vic Falls launches recycling project

Victoria Falls is launching its very own recycling project, which is expected to have a major impact on preserving the surrounds of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. According to a report on the allAfrica site, Victoria ... Read More


UN water panel warns of intense water scarcity

The High Level Panel on Water last week said a fundamental change in the way the world managed the resource was necessary if the Sustainable Development Goals were to be achieved. According to an SA News report, members of the ... Read More

Global warming predicted to ravage world forests

The world’s greatest forests could lose more than half of their plant species by the end of the century unless nations ramp up efforts to tackle climate change, according to a new report on the impacts of global warming on ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

* The approved Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP) for the Cape mountain zebra was published in the Government Gazette last week by the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa. The BMP provides a ‘new approach’ to the management of the zebra ... Read More

* National Water Week takes place in SA this week from 18 to 24 March 2018 under the theme ‘Access to safe water by 2030 – possible through nature’. The campaign punts the protection of water sources and water conservation. It ... Read More

* The V&A Waterfront received several Green Star ratings from the Green Building Council SA last week, bringing to 12 the number of such ratings awarded to various buildings at one of Cape Town’s tourist hot spots. Waterfront CE David Green ... Read More

Side Bars

SA inventor pioneers energy harvesting system

SA inventor pioneers energy harvesting system If you lay this piece of material on a road and cars drive over it, the pressure from that will start rotating the turbine and generate electricity. It was an idea that was born ... Read More

Hungarian stork spotted in Karkloof

Hungarian stork spotted in KZN A white stork that was ringed in Hungary last year has had a brief layover in the Karkloof in the KZN Midlands after a flight of more than 8 500km. The bird‚ spotted in the ... Read More