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23 August 2017 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

Online rhino horn auction delayed

A controversial online rhino horn auction was delayed at the last moment yesterday following to confusion over a permit, writes Legalbrief. The Department of Environmental Affairs has confirmed that the much-anticipated auction that was set to take place yesterday, following ... Read More

South Africa

ConCourt bars nature reserve mining

Nature conservation and geology are the biggest winners after the Constitutional Court upheld a decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal, which dismissed a mining company’s application to prospect for gold in a nature reserve. City Press reports that ... Read More

NGOs oppose proposed Mpumalanga mine

The pristine, sensitive Mpumalanga conservation area where a controversial, proposed coal mining project would be located ‘is unlike any other area in which coal mines may be situated’. According to a Cape Argus report, the Yzermyn underground mine is in ... Read More

Enviroserv officials charged over landfill 'stink'

Enviroserv CEO Dean Thompson and four other officials from the waste management company are now personally facing criminal charges relating to allegations that their Hillcrest landfill site is causing a noxious ‘big stink’ in the area. According to a News24 ... Read More

Legalbrief Policy Watch

Legislation: Domestic trade in rhino horn under control

‘Legislative provisions are in place to ensure (that) … domestic trade in rhino horn is strictly controlled’, and that the ban on commercial international trade in rhino horn under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and ... Read More


How greed impacts ecotourism

SA’s wildlife is thriving. That's the view of Adam Hart, professor of Science Communication at the University of Gloucestershire. In an analysis piece in The Conversation he notes that landowners can profit from animals living on their land ... Read More


Judgment reserved in Namibian phosphate mining case

The Namibian Minister of Environment and Tourism's decision to set aside an environmental clearance certificate permitting the start of marine phosphate mining in Namibian waters has come under attack in the Windhoek High Court. According to a report on ... Read More

Dalai Lama urged to defend Botswana’s Bushmen

Bushmen in Botswana's Central Kalahari game reserve have written to the Dalai Lama, asking him to appeal to the government on their behalf to restore their rights over ancestral lands. This despite the fact that the Tibet spiritual leader ... Read More


China flags mercury threat

China will ban the production and trade of a range of products containing mercury by 2020, including thermometers and blood pressure monitors. In addition, it will ban primary mercury mining by 2032 after a global pact to cut pollution from ... Read More

Tourism company funds Great Barrier Reef expedition

Non-profit organisation Great Barrier Reef Legacy has received funding from private tourism company Northern Escape Collection to undergo a research expedition to bleached parts of the famous coral reef. According to a report on the News24 site, the Australian company ... Read More

Previously unknown volcanoes found in West Antarctica

Scientists have identified nearly 100 previously unknown volcanoes in West Antarctica, which, in addition to the 47 already known to exist in the region, makes it one of the largest concentration of volcanoes in the world. According to a report ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

* Cape Town police last week arrested two suspects in Philippi after a tip-off led them to recover dry abalone with an estimated value of R2.8m. The men appeared in the Athlone Magistrate's Court on charges of abalone possession ... Read More

* A lion is still at large in Zululand after first being spotted nearly two weeks ago. Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife has been combing the Nhlungwane area – about 30km outside Ulundi – for clues and tracking the animal, while following up on leads ... Read More

* Eskom’s Development Foundation has donated R750 000 in aid of the Free State’s Setsoto Municipality drought relief programme. The power utility’s Development Foundation donated the cheque to the South African Red Cross Society last week. Eskom said ... Read More

Side Bars

European fish produce their own alcohol - study

Fish produce their own alcohol to survive - study A new study has found that, to make it through winter in the freezing, oxygen-starved waters of northern Europe, crucian carp (and its more domesticated cousin) goldfish produce their own alcohol internally ... Read More

Massive plastic whale to tour UK

Plastic whale to tour UK to drive pollution awareness As part of an awareness campaign into plastic pollution, Sky Ocean Rescue has unveiled a 10m whale made from single-use plastic. The plastic whale weighs 250kg, to mark the amount of ... Read More