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24 April 2017 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

Gigaba gets to grips with nukes programme

While government continues to deny that it has signed a nuclear deal, it has moved to firm up the proposed nuclear build programme, writes Legalbrief. Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba announced last week that he has called a meeting with Eskom ... Read More

South Africa

190 Kruger rhinos died naturally in 2016

A total of 190 rhinos died from natural causes in 2016 at the Kruger National Park. This number includes deaths due to drought and increased fighting among rhino males as a result of scarce resources. According to an SABC News ... Read More

Cape Town gets tough with illegal dumpers

A major crackdown by the City of Cape Town has illegal dumpers on notice. A TimesLIVE report notes that six months since the start of the Integrated Waste Management By-law‚ authorities have already collected more than R1m in fines and ... Read More

Durban's air quality monitoring stations lie idle

Ethekwini residents are in danger of breathing toxic fumes, contracting deadly illnesses and being unable to sue because air quality in the city is allegedly not being monitored, environmentalists have warned. A report in The Mercury notes that Bobby Peek ... Read More

Legalbrief Policy Watch

Legislation: Marine Spatial Planning Bill tabled

The Marine Spatial Planning Bill has been tabled in Parliament, paving the way for the development and implementation of a ‘shared’ environmental management system for South African waters – and providing for the necessary institutional arrangements, reports Pam Saxby for Legalbrief ... Read More

Legislation: Regulations mooted for Redz wind, solar power

Renewable energy development zones and associated strategic transmission corridors approved by Cabinet in February 2016 have been listed and mapped in proposed new regulations affecting large-scale wind and solar photovoltaic developments nation-wide, reports Legalbrief Policy Watch.  Gazetted on Thursday, the ... Read More



Mozambican police seize 10.5kg of rhino horn

Mozambican police announced the seizure of 10.5kg of rhino horns at Maputo International Airport over the weekend. The horns were hidden in an aluminium case and were found during check-in. A Cape Times report notes that the owner of ... Read More

UN warns on famine in Lake Chad area

Critical investments in agriculture and climate change relief are needed to address the crisis in Africa’s strife-torn Lake Chad Basin, where hunger, poverty and a lack of rural development prevail, the UN food security agency said last week. According ... Read More

Pesticide may have killed hippos, says NGO

A conservation group in Zimbabwe says the cause of the recent mysterious deaths in Kariba of around 10 hippos may have been identified as pesticide. According to a News24 report, local news reports have said that up to 11 hippos ... Read More


VW makes amends for installing secret software

Volkswagen AG says it has bought back or repaired more than half of 475 000 polluting 2.0-litre diesel vehicles under a US Government settlement, just six months after it launched the largest-yet automotive repurchase offer. According to a Cape ... Read More

US coal-power plant faces two major lawsuits

The Gallatin power plant in Tennessee is facing citizens’ complaints and two major lawsuits over its handling of coal ash. According to a report in The New York Times, in addition to generating electricity, the plant, built in the early ... Read More

Hunting threatens tropical animals – study

Hunting poses a major threat to mammals and birds in tropical regions near population centres and roads, according to new research published last week. According to a report on the News24 site, an international team of researchers found that mammal ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

* Three people found with 360 crayfish worth about R5 400 were arrested in the Cape Town area of Kuils River last week. The suspects will appear in the Kuils River Magistrate’s Court on a charge of illegally trading in ... Read More

* The red tide spread along the Nelson Mandela Bay coastline may be toxic, but is not expected to stick around long enough to pose any real danger to beachgoers. NMMU’s Coastal and Marine Research unit confirmed the brown-red algal ... Read More

* Dramatic improvements are needed to ensure access to clean water and sanitation worldwide, the World Health Organisation said last week. ‘Today, almost two billion people use a source of drinking-water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera ... Read More

Side Bars

Anti-fracking exhibition opens in the Karoo

Exhibition shows dangers of fracking in the Karoo Thirteen artists from all over SA are protesting against shale gas exploration in the Karoo through art at an exhibition at Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfontein. Karoo Disclosure, a multimedia art project ... Read More

German children bring solar lamp expertise to SA

German children bring solar lamp expertise to SA A partnership between schools in Port Elizabeth and Germany is shining light on the benefits of green energy, with lamps built by pupils being put up for sale. Since 2003, pupils and ... Read More

Rhinos communicate via dung

Rhinos communicate via dung – study Rhinos have developed a social network to communicate – through massive mounds of poo. Courtney Marneweck, who graduated with a PhD degree in Zoology from the University of KZN last week, conducted a study into how ... Read More