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24 January 2019 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

Xolobeni row flares up again

Unresolved conflict between government and the Xolobeni community reignited last week, with Minister Gwede Mantashe's announcement that a survey would be conducted in the area to gauge public support for mining, writes Legalbrief. Mantashe, after meeting with the community ... Read More

South Africa

Five in court on rhino poaching charges

Makhanda paramedic Sango Abel Mayalo and four men believed to be Mozambican nationals, Manki Ndlovu, Andry Masia, Elton Khosa and Hilario Carlos Fumo will face, among other charges, theft of rhino horn valued at R1.5m, senior state advocate Buks ... Read More

Firm must compensate farmer for wildebeest's death

An insurance brokerage and one of its representatives has been ordered to pay a wildlife farmer R456 000 following the death of a golden wildebeest he bought and insured for R570 000. According to a Cape Times report, Naresh Tulsie ... Read More

Midlands stock theft operation yields results

A joint stock theft operation conducted by the Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigation and Magma Security and Investigations in the KZN Midlands was a big success after wildlife, cattle carcasses and a stolen vehicle were recovered. According to a report ... Read More


Xolobeni jobs claims not backed by research

In late November, the Amadiba coastal communities living on the northernmost part of the Wild Coast won their right to say ‘no’ to mining on their land, with the judgment in Baleni and Others v Minister of Mineral Resources and ... Read More

Desalination plants are no 'magic bullet’

The impact of desalination plants on their surrounding environment has often been questioned, writes Tony Carnie, environmental journalist, in an analysis on the Daily Maverick site. ‘These magic water factories that convert seawater into a liquid you can drink with ... Read More


Namibian court denies alleged ivory poachers bail

Two men were denied bail in the Katima Mulilo Magistrate's Court during their first appearance for possession of four elephant tusks last week. According to a report in The Namibian, Angolan national Paulus Johnson Renin and Namibian Usupe Sema ... Read More

Namibian community tourism NGO gets new vehicles

Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC), Namibia's pioneering non-governmental organisation in the national Community Based Natural Resource Management programme, last week received a donation of 11 brand-new vehicles. According to a New Era report, nine of these new ... Read More


Chinese ivory smuggling syndicate infiltrated

Three men said to be involved in running a major international ivory smuggling syndicate have been caught following action by the China Customs Anti-Smuggling Bureau. According to a report in The Mercury, the syndicate had claimed involvement in multiple shipments ... Read More

Rare bird egg smuggler jailed for three years

A prolific bird egg smuggler was jailed for three years after he was caught at Heathrow Airport with rare bird eggs strapped to his chest. According to a News24 report, Jeffrey Lendrum pleaded guilty in the Snaresbrook Crown Court to ... Read More

US safari club illegally sells canned lion hunts

According to an undercover investigation by Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, the offer of African canned lion hunts, which Safari Club International (SCI) claimed to have banned last year, was among dozens of illegal wildlife ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

Anaesthetised Mpumalanga hippo dies

* A young, stray bull hippo that was darted two weeks ago along the R40 and old KaNyamazane road has died. According to the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency’s Dr Ferreira du Plessis, hippos have complex physiology which causes their breathing ... Read More

Man in court for alleged stock theft

* Police arrested a man on the R603 uMbumbulu Road, south of Durban, after he was found in possession of a warthog and three female bushbucks last week. Colonel Thembeka Mbele, a KZN police spokesperson, said a case of stock theft ... Read More

Cameroon launches waste recycling project

* A project to recycle plastic waste was launched on 15 January in Douala, Cameroon, by a non-governmental association known as Eco Collect in collaboration with an Italian partner, Echo Polistirolo. Speaking at the project site in Bonaberi, the director of ... Read More

Side Bars

Farmer's passion for rescuing owls

Farmer's passion for rescuing owls Chris Pretorius and his family had no idea that their Makhanda farm would be turned into an owl rescue and rehabilitation centre when Uiltjie, an African spotted eagle owl showed up almost 12 years ... Read More

Bees prefer middle-class gardens

Bees prefer middle-class gardens Garden snobbery is not the sole preserve of proud homeowners trying to keep up with the Jones's. Even bees prefer visiting middle-class gardens to slumming it in nature reserves and parks, according to a study ... Read More

Coastal Ghost Clean Up project launches

Coastal Ghost Clean Up project launches Planning to travel more than 2 700km along the SA coastline, Johannesburg-born Stefan Graunke and his three dogs are taking on the mammoth task of cleaning up more than 50 beaches. Launching the Coastal ... Read More