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27 November 2020 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

SA must accelerate its just transition

SA's 'just transition' from coal to renewables is not a streamlined process, rather it is occurring in fits and starts, in the country's legislative, executive and judicial arenas. A global study last week emphasised that policy clarity in ... Read More

South Africa

Xolobeni activist receives death threats

On 15 November, a threat was made via text message on the life of Nonhle Mbuthuma, a prominent anti-mining activist in Umgungundlovu in Eastern Mpondoland. A New Frame article notes that, according to the message, which she received from an ... Read More

Somkhele mine hopes to resolve resettlement dispute

In the wake of the brutal murder of KZN activist Fikile Ntshangase, Petmin, the unlisted mining house behind the expansion of the Somkhele mine the activist opposed, sought to clarify some of the issues around the Somkhele mine via a ... Read More

MRC CEO charged with assault in Australia

Australian venture capitalist Mark Caruso is facing criminal charges of assault and aggravated home burglary in his home country. An attempt to keep details of his court appearances secret by means of a suppression order has failed, notes a GroundUp ... Read More

Legalbrief Policy Watch

Nuclear capacity consultation paper out for comment

The National Energy Regulator of SA has called for comment on a consultation paper issued following receipt of a proposed ministerial determination on the procurement of new nuclear energy generation capacity. A Policy Watch report notes that the capacity envisaged ... Read More

Nema Bill’s transformation clause unrealistic?

Environment, Forestry & Fisheries Deputy Minister Makhotso Sotyu has drawn attention to numerous challenges associated with registering environmental assessment practitioners and their ‘professionalisation’ – albeit unintentionally, notes a Policy Watch report. According to a Government Gazette notice in January extending ... Read More

‘Slow progress’ with shark plan implementation

The 2013 plan of action for shark management and conservation is ‘overly ambitious’. This is according to a panel of experts appointed in May to review progress in implementing the plan, which has been ‘slow’. A Policy Watch report notes ... Read More


Don't let Sasol pull the wool over your eyes

Don’t be fooled by trans-national corporation Sasol’s sudden about-turn on climate disclosure, writes Gray Maguire, an expert in global change studies, in a BusinessLIVE analysis. ‘Despite this month’s assertion by CEO Fleetwood Grobler of the seriousness with which the group ... Read More


Call for better air quality monitoring in Kenya

Increased funding for air quality monitoring and research in Kenya can save children aged five and below from respiratory diseases due to pollution, experts have said. According to a report in The Nation, a national budget should be allocated to ... Read More

Botswana slammed for deaths of alleged poachers

Major questions have emerged about the killing of four alleged Namibian poachers by Botswana Defence Force (BDF) soldiers, including claims that the victims were unarmed fishermen. One may have been executed after he was arrested. A Mail & Guardian Online ... Read More

NGO flags Nigeria's marine waste problem

Stakeholders in the management of the marine environment asked the Nigerian Government to step up action against plastic marine pollution. A Vanguard report notes that they estimate the value of the damage caused by such pollution to sit at $13bn ... Read More


Thai conservation deal helps the landless

Thai authorities have reached an agreement that will allow landless villagers to live in a mangrove forest if they help protect the area, in a unique collaboration that could work across the country, land rights groups said. According to a ... Read More

UK backs new global plastic waste treaty

Britain has thrown its weight behind a new global agreement to tackle the plastic pollution crisis, which Lord Zac Goldsmith said would go ‘far beyond’ existing international agreements. The Guardian has revealed there is growing support for such a treaty ... Read More

Labour slams UK PM's green plan

Boris Johnson has announced plans for the government’s self-styled green industrial revolution, bringing praise from environmental groups but also questions about the scale of new funding, and the planned expansion of nuclear and hydrogen power. In a move aimed at ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

SANParks arrests 10 abalone poachers

* Rangers have been applauded for capturing 10 alleged West Coast Rock Lobster and abalone poachers. The poachers were caught last week while SANParks Southern Section rangers dealt with large crowds of visitors to the Cape of Good Hope section during ... Read More

Outbreak of brucellosis in northern KZN alarms farmers

* The KZN Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has confirmed an outbreak of brucella bacteria, which causes abortion and infertility in livestock and humans. The department said more than 400 cows had tested positive in the northern part of the ... Read More

Side Bars

R29m for prize pigeon

R29m for prize pigeonAn unidentified Chinese buyer last week paid a world record, just over R29m, for a female homing pigeon called New Kim, online auctioneers Pigeon Paradise (PIPA) said. New Kim, a well-bred two-year-old from a renowned Antwerp loft ... Read More

SA's first Green School

SA's first Green SchoolThe first Green School in SA, powered by its own solar-generated electricity, with classes being held in vegetable gardens, is due to open in the Western Cape next year. The school will be situated on eight ... Read More