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29 September 2020 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

Wildlife Zones to protect SA's rhino

SA outlined plans to combat the ongoing scourge of rhino poaching as the world commemorated World Rhino Day last week, while acknowledging the negative and positive effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the crisis, writes Legalbrief. To protect SA's ... Read More

South Africa

SA cities join fossil fuel divestment movement

The mayors of Cape Town and Durban were among 12 from North America, Europe and Africa who pledged to shift their money out of fossil fuels and into green energy, buildings, transport and other investments to help them recover from ... Read More

Young South Africans join sixth global climate strike

Young people across SA took to the streets on Friday to join the sixth global climate strike. According to a Daily Maverick report, the protests, organised by Fridays for Future, a climate justice movement sparked by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg ... Read More

Lessons SA must learn to make a just transition

A new study, which outlines global best practices for just-transition journeys, includes 10 lessons for SA to consider as the country prepares to navigate what it hopes will be a just transition over the coming decades, from an electricity sector ... Read More

Legalbrief Policy Watch

New generation capacity determination gazetted

The ministerial determination on a second phase of new energy generation capacity procurement from independent power producers has been gazetted. It follows a Department of Mineral Resources & Energy media statement issued nearly two weeks ago, confirming receipt of the ... Read More


'Right to say no' ruling empowers communities

A groundbreaking High Court ruling this month has foregrounded the interests of affected communities in decision-making processes regarding proposed mining projects, affirming their right to dissent. ‘In 2018 the Amadiba Crisis Committee lodged an application with the Gauteng High Court ... Read More


Botswana elephant die-off due to cyanobacteria – vet

A water-borne bacteria caused the deaths of 330 elephants in Botswana, the government said last week after weeks of mystery surrounding what killed the animals. A Cape Argus report quotes Mamadi Reuben, the principal veterinary officer at the Department of ... Read More

Greta Thunberg donates to charities in Africa

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg said the foundation set up in her name would donate $175 000 to charities working to support ‘people on the frontlines of the climate crisis in Africa’. An EWN report notes that the International Red ... Read More


China to go carbon neutral by 2060 – Xi Jinping

China will reach carbon neutrality before 2060 and ensure its greenhouse gas emissions peak in the next decade, Xi Jinping has told the UN General Assembly. The Guardian quotes the Chinese President as saying: ‘China will scale up its intended ... Read More

Red Cross warns of two crises colliding

Weather disasters and the Covid-19 pandemic have simultaneously hit tens of millions of people worldwide this year, making them more vulnerable to both threats and hampering emergency response, the Red Cross said last week. A Daily Dispatch report notes that ... Read More

Attenborough releases book and Netflix doccie

Sir David Attenborough says that the Trump administration has been ‘disastrous’ for the natural world. A report in The Independent notes that the documentarian (94) has become increasingly direct on the perils that humanity faces if we fail to tackle ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

Ekurhuleni police shut down illegal waste recycling factory

* The City of Ekurhuleni has obtained a court order to halt operations at the Steel Sheeting Company in Wadeville following complaints of an unbearable stench caused by illegal recycling and manufacturing operations. The company buys plastic recyclables from waste collectors ... Read More

Namibia probes farmers' lioness hunt

* The Namibian Environment Ministry has launched an investigation to determine if a police case can be opened after farmers recently undertook to hunt a lioness that was reportedly killing goats north of Etosha National Park. The incident happened a fortnight ... Read More

Side Bars

Keeping it cool for butterflies

Keeping it cool for butterfliesResearchers have discovered significant differences in the ability of British butterflies to maintain a suitable temperature, raising fears that global heating will threaten the populations of some species. Butterflies are ectotherms – unable to generate their ... Read More

Woollies ditches single-use plastic bags

Woollies ditches single-use plastic bagsWoolworths, along with several other South African companies, is shifting away from using single-use shopping bags following an increase in the national Plastic Levy and plans by the government to curb its usage. Woolworths announced recently ... Read More