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29 May 2024 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

Concerns mount as Elecriticity Bill awaits signing

As the Electricity Regulation Amendment (ERA) Bill waits for the President's signature to become law, municipalities have questioned its constitutionality, as analysts raise concerns about the power in invests in the Minister of Energy, writes Legalbrief. Meanwhile, Eskom and Nersa ... Read More

South Africa

Outa takes Nersa to court over Karpowership licences

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) is gearing up for a court application to compel Nersa to provide it with the full, unredacted record of Nersa’s decision to approve generation licences to Karpowership. An Engineering News report notes that this ... Read More

Legalbrief Policy Watch

Biodiversity Bill published

Minister of Forestry, Fisheries & Environment Barbara Creecy has, in a notice in the Government Gazette, published for public comment, the draft National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Bill. A Policy Watch report notes that the period for comment ends on 22 ... Read More

SA’s position on nuclear power restated

SA has, in a presentation to the 2024 International Conference on Nuclear Security: Shaping the Future, restated its policy on nuclear security. A Policy Watch report notes that the Mineral Resources & Energy Department said: ‘We reaffirm that nuclear disarmament ... Read More


Replacing Environment Minister would be a misstep

If Barbara Creecy loses her position as the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries & the Environment after the elections, commercial wildlife breeders will cheer. ‘But many conservation organisations will deeply regret her departure,’ writes Don Pinnock, environmental journalist, in a ... Read More


SADC countries launch $5.5bn aid appeal

Southern African leaders have launched a $5.5bn humanitarian aid appeal as the region faces acute grain shortages due to El Nino-induced droughts. A Voice of America report notes that leaders from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) met last ... Read More

UNDP launches Africa Green Business report

Africa has major opportunities for green economic development and could become a world leader in it, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Service Centre for Africa director Dr Matthias Naab highlighted at the Enlit Africa 2024 conference, in Cape Town, last ... Read More

Rare timber fuels Cabo Delgado conflict

Timber smuggling, from Mozambique’s ancient forests to China, estimated to be worth $23m a year, is helping to fund a brutal Islamist insurgency as well as a large criminal network in the north of the southern African country. This illicit ... Read More


Young people sue Alaska over fossil fuel project

Eight young people are suing the Government of Alaska – the US’ fastest-warming state – claiming a major new fossil fuel project violates their state constitutional rights. According to a report in The Guardian, the state-owned Alaska Gasline Development Corporation ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

EU Directive on corporate sustainability becomes law

* The Council of the European Union approved the EU Directive on corporate sustainability due diligence (CSDDD) on Friday. The CSDDD introduces obligations for EU and non-EU companies related to compliance with human rights and their impact on the environment. The ... Read More

Cyclone Remal hits Bangladesh

* Cyclone Remal smashed into the low-lying coast of Bangladesh this week, with nearly a m i l l i o n people fleeing inland for concrete storm shelters away from howling gales and crashing waves. Forecasters predicted gusts of up ... Read More

Side Bars

SA chapter of World Energy Council set up

* The South African member committee of the World Energy Council (WEC) has been launched under the aegis of the Energy Council of SA. The member committee is made up of 10 high-level energy practitioners drawn from the public and private ... Read More

Plans for SA's greenest airport

* Plans are on track to develop the ‘greenest airport in the world’, providing an improved international gateway to the Cape winelands and Cape Town. The Cape Winelands Airport (CWA) is in Durbanville on the northeastern edge of Cape Town. Owned ... Read More


Environmental Law and Local Government in South Africa

Environmental Law and Local Government in South Africa Anél du Plessis Publisher: Juta This unique work extensively examines South Africa's environmental law and policy from a local government perspective. The second edition presents a rich collection of theoretical scholarship ... Read More

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