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26 January 2020 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

NGOs call for an independent water regulator

SA's failing water infrastructure was in the public eye last week, with two pollution events being attributed to municipal mismanagement, and a separate call for an independent water regulator being made, writes Legalbrief. SA needs an independent water regulator ... Read More

South Africa

'Trophy hunting perpetuates apartheid inequalities'

Trophy hunting is reinforcing deep apartheid-era social and racial inequalities in Africa, an economist will tell the UK Government this week as it considers a ban on imports. According to a report in The Independent, organised hunting of endangered wildlife ... Read More

Rains fill SA dams

Dam levels in parts of SA have begun to improve slightly as a result of persistent rain. According to an SA News report, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) said: ‘Dam waters rose by 1% week-on-week, while an average ... Read More

Legalbrief Policy Watch

Environmental: Anti-poaching unit guidelines published

The Department of Environmental Affairs has published guidelines on establishing an anti-poaching unit on a wildlife park or reserve, notes Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. They provide guidance on the process to be followed and issues considered when assessing ... Read More


SA must look to renewables, as Eskom flounders

If Eskom succeeds with its recent Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) application to have electricity tariff prices reviewed, it will receive a R69bn cash injection over the next three financial years. Consumers will be slapped with the first of a number ... Read More

Africa must innovate to switch the lights on

‘Africa is tired of being in the dark,’ wrote African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina, launching the New Deal on Energy for Africa. ‘But on-the-ground observation and interviews throughout Africa suggest that the UN’s development goal of providing “access ... Read More


Women scientists trained to tackle climate crisis

A new programme is training African scientists to be leaders in their field, with a focus on meeting the needs of women farmers in adapting to a warming climate. According to a report on the allAfrica site, as climate change ... Read More

UK to invest in green cities in Africa

The UK has pledged new aid towards building green cities across Africa. The announcement by the UK Department for International Development came as its head, Alok Sharma, visited Kenya ahead of the UK-Africa investment summit in London last week. According ... Read More

Study unpacks benefits of solar power digitalisation

New technologies that revolutionise online payments or the tracking of digital information are set to drive more solar power installations in emerging markets in Africa and Asia, according to a new report by an international renewable energy association. A Business ... Read More


Attenborough warns of 'moment of crisis'

The moment of crisis has come in efforts to tackle climate change, Sir David Attenborough has warned. A BBC News report notes that, according to the renowned naturalist and broadcaster, ‘we have been putting things off for year after year’ ... Read More

WHO warns on climate change health threat

Climate change is affecting human lives and health in a variety of ways, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said last week, as it threatens the essential ingredients of good health – clean air, safe drinking water, nutritious food supply and ... Read More

Germany to pay utilities to phase out coal

Germany will pay its utility companies billions of euros to speed up the shutdown of their coal-fired power plants as part of the country’s efforts to fight the climate crisis, the government said last week. According to a report in ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

Tsitsikamma anglers honoured

* A plaque in honour of Tsitsikamma anglers who fought for years to access fishing rights in a marine protected area was unveiled in the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park last week. The plaque was erected in honour ... Read More

Chinese national caught smuggling live scorpions

* A Chinese national arrested for attempting to smuggle live scorpions from Sri Lanka back home, presumably to extract their venom, has been fined R8 000 and released, customs officials said last week. The man concealed 200 scorpions in his bag ... Read More

Side Bars

UCT architecture student wins landscape award

Landscape award for UCT student Exploring the possibility of re-routing an existing concrete water channel to allow residents from a disadvantaged community to access water for food gardens is the idea that won a UCT student the Corobrik Landscape Architecture ... Read More

SAB launches first electric truck

SAB launches first electric truck SA Breweries' (SAB) and AB InBev’s renewable-energy campaign has launched the first electric truck on SA shores. The truck, known as the Fuso E-canter, is charged using renewable energy generated at SAB. The launch and ... Read More