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07 July 2020 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

Standard Bank in the eye of a storm

Standard Bank, under fire from climate activists for not doing enough to tackle climate change, has mounted a PR offensive to fight back, writes Legalbrief. The bank last week rejected calls from climate activists to vote against five members of ... Read More

South Africa

Green bond mooted to kickstart private investment

Government is considering selling a green infrastructure bond worth tens of billions of rand as part of its biggest drive to kick-start private investment in projects ranging from energy to water reticulation. A BusinessLIVE report notes that the proposed instrument ... Read More

Growing concern about proposed Meat Safety Act changes

The government has received more than 30 000 comments on its proposed changes to meat safety legislation, suggesting that threatened species such as rhinos, elephants and giraffes end up on dinner plates. A Cape Argus report notes that this was ... Read More

Ranger fired after endangered antelope die

A South African National Parks (SANParks) section ranger has been fired for ‘gross negligence’ after 20 endangered roan antelope died of thirst in a fenced-off breeding enclosure in the Kruger National Park. A TimesLIVE report notes that the antelope died ... Read More

Legalbrief Policy Watch

More information on carbon tax regulations

Detailed information on the new carbon tax regulations is now available. A Policy Watch report notes that it was released last week in the form of a Treasury media statement and accompanying documents, including summaries of comments received on draft ... Read More

Fishing rights allocation policies under review

In anticipation of revising the raft of policies underpinning SA’s contentious fishing rights allocation process, the Department of Environment, Forestry & Fisheries will ‘soon’ begin conducting socio-economic impact assessment studies. It has announced its intended programme for the public consultations ... Read More


High risks if trade in rhino horn products legalised

SA should not legalise its trade in rhino products, say two analysts, referring to a ministerial panel currently reviewing policies on international trade in rhino products. ‘Any move to legalise this trade would be a disaster – for the remaining ... Read More


Mega Nile dam project delayed

The leaders of Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt have agreed that Ethiopia will delay filling a mega-dam on the Blue Nile and return to talks aimed at reaching an accord on use of the river's waters. Friday’s announcement was a ... Read More

Nigerians push to sue Shell in the UK

Thousands of Nigerians are asking British judges to give them permission to sue Royal Dutch Shell Plc in London over environmental damage caused by oil spills in Africa. A Mining Weekly report notes that lawyers for residents of the crude-rich ... Read More

Poaching syndicate kingpin among 10 convicted

The Lilongwe Magistrate Court this month convicted seven Chinese nationals and two Malawians for committing wildlife crimes in the country. According to a report on the allAfrica site, the convicted Chinese nationals included Lin Yun Hua, who is dubbed Malawi ... Read More


Fund managers call for halt of Amazon deforestation

Investment funds managing almost $4trn in assets have called on Brazil to halt deforestation of the Amazon in an open letter last week warning that biodiversity loss and carbon emissions from the practice posed a ‘systemic risk’ to their portfolios ... Read More

Bayer to pay $10.9bn in Roundup settlements

Chemical firm Bayer is to pay up to $10.9bn to settle cancer claims linked to its Roundup weedkiller. According to a BBC News report, the glyphosate-based product has been subject to about 125 000 lawsuits over its allegedly carcinogenic ... Read More

Panel advises caution before deep sea mining

Mining on the sea floor should not begin before a full assessment of likely environmental impacts can be made, a report commissioned by the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (Ocean Panel) said last week. A Mining Weekly report ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

Rehabilitated vultures released into the wild

* Three African white-backed vultures were last week successfully released in the Manyoni Private Game Reserve near Mkhuze. This after undergoing rehabilitation for months at the Raptor Rescue Centre in Camperdown after being rescued from a poisoning incident last year. Read More

Rare Sumatran tiger found poisoned

* A rare Sumatran tiger has died after it ate a sheep laced with rat poison in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province, an Indonesian wildlife official said last week. Locals found the headless carcass of the tiger two weeks ago in Mandailing ... Read More

Side Bars

Facebook page unites nature lovers

Facebook nature lovers uniteThe Garden Game Ranger Challenge group has galvanised people to seek out wildlife in their gardens to alleviate the stress of lockdown. The Facebook page – The Garden Game Ranger Challenge – was created for people seeking ... Read More

Discovering Knysna Forest’s ‘wild man’

Knysna Forest’s ‘wild man’When Gareth Patterson got his first glimpse of an otang, he was struck like a thunderbolt, to the core of his being. ‘Profound shock is what I felt and, in the days following, disbelief and confusion. You ... Read More

SA's amazing Champion Trees

SA's amazing Champion TreesSA is home to some of the world’s most remarkable senior citizens – nearly 100 protected trees whose roots stretch back to a time when Africa was not partitioned. The current list of 93 champions protected ... Read More