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Eqstra Flexi Logistics is the first SA company to offset greenhouse gas emissions, and other brief reports...

Publish date: 21 February 2012
Issue Number: 249
Diary: Legalbrief Environmental
Category: General

* Coal transporter Eqstra Flexi Logistics is SA's first company to officially offset its greenhouse gas emissions through NGO Food and Trees for Africa's internationally verified offset programme, Bamboo for Africa, it has been announced. The company is planting 60ha of bamboo in the Leandra area of Mpumalanga. − Business Day

* Human error led to the death of a Johannesburg zoo employee who was attacked by a lion at the Rietkuil conservation farm in Parys, officials said last week. The attack at the Free State farm apparently occurred after gates at the lion's den were left open, said spokesperson Letta Madlala. It is believed Joe Ramonetha (63) had been feeding the animals or cleaning the enclosure when the 11-year-old lioness attacked him. − The Herald (subscription needed) * Five suspected rhino poachers who appeared in the Brits Magistrate's Court in North West yesterday will remain in custody until today when they are expected to appear again to apply for bail. − The Citizen * The Western Cape is aiming to become the 'green economic hub' of SA by encouraging renewable energy, Premier Helen Zille said. 'Our government is finalising the draft Green Procurement White Paper, which will provide general principles and guidelines for integrating environmental criteria into supply chain management,' she said. − The Times * Scientists and conservation groups from the African Lion Working Group gathered at a landmark conference in Namibia last week to discuss the future of this iconic African cat. The two-day conference highlighted the precarious position in which free-roaming lions find themselves today. − The Namibian * Potential investors were exposed to 10 small-scale African clean-energy projects, representing a potential combined investment value of $297m, at an event held in Johannesburg last week. The gathering, known as the Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing, or Africef, was hosted by the Climate Technology Initiative's Private Financing Advisory Network, a global multilateral initiative designed to connect clean energy project developers with investors and financiers. − Engineering News * The Tanzanian National Environmental Management Council and the Police Force will soon establish a special unit that will be responsible for monitoring environmental protection. The Environmental Police Unit will be able to arrest, investigate and take necessary legal action against individuals and institutions implicated in environmentally harmful practices. − Tanzania Daily News * New South Wales (NSW) will this year reverse a decades-long ban on uranium exploration, with the regional government saying it would be foolish not to tap into the lucrative sector. Barry O'Farrell, NSW premier, said the quarter-century ban would end so officials can 'get the facts' about the extent of any uranium reserves in the state, home to Australia's biggest city Sydney. − The Times * Hong Kong police last week found nearly 800 cobras that they believe were being smuggled for sale as a delicacy. The 789 venomous Chinese cobras were found packed into 181 plastic boxes and hidden in bushes behind a beach on Hong Kong's Lantau island, the Sunday Morning Post reported. Animal management officials put the snakes down with lethal injections, saying they could not be released into the wild because they would pose a threat to people's safety. − The Times * Crime chiefs from countries with populations of wild tigers have agreed to work together in order to combat the illegal trade in the big cats. Heads of police and customs from 13 nations agreed to tighten controls and improve cross-border co-operation at a two-day meeting in Bangkok. − BBC News * Malnutrition is the root cause of the deaths of 2.6m children each year, and the bodies and brains of 450m more will fail to develop properly due to inadequate diet over the next 15 years unless immediate action is taken, according to a survey published last week Save the Children. − The Guardian Survey