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25 February 2020 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

Green Scorpions to act on Cape Town's rivers

The worsening state of SA's polluted watercourses last week saw long awaited government intervention in the Western Cape and KZN, writes Legalbrief. The quality of water in Cape Town’s rivers has deteriorated to the point where the provincial government ... Read More

Legal Commentary

Independent power generation needs legal certainty

Besides the obvious dialogue about legislative amendments being needed for mining companies to generate their own power, there is also the question of whether the Minister consulted with other relevant departments in ensuring this policy decision is given due effect ... Read More

South Africa

NGO slams proposed Liesbeek Park development

Heritage Western Cape has slammed the study on which developers based their proposed R4bn property development at the River Club in Observatory, Cape Town. According to a GroundUp report, the Heritage Impact Assessment conducted by Liesbeek Leisure Properties Trust, which ... Read More

Judge stalls plan to build houses in Philippi

Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA) activists have claimed victory after the Western Cape High Court ruled against the provincial government, the City of Cape Town and developer Oaklands City to build over 30 000 homes in the area. A Cape Argus ... Read More

Green groups celebrate setback for Khanyisa

Government has told ACWA Power that its environmental authorisation to build a 306 MW coal-fired power plant in the country has expired, according to lawyers opposing the project. A Mining Weekly report notes that the authorisation for the Khanyisa coal-fired ... Read More


Budget must be green – business analyst

There will be far too much red in the 2020 budget, notes Duane Newman, a cofounder of Cova Advisor Finance, in a BusinessLIVE analysis. ‘Minister Tito Mboweni faces a downgrade threat from Moody’s, an expanding fiscal deficit, disappointing tax revenues ... Read More


Locusts swarms reach South Sudan

Swarms of locusts ravaging crops and grazing land across east Africa have reached South Sudan, already reeling from widespread hunger and years of civil war, the country’s Agriculture Minister said last week. A report in The Guardian notes that Kenya ... Read More

Ethiopia to set up green tribunal

The Ethiopian Government is drafting a proclamation to establish a green tribunal which will preside over environmental issues. The Addis Fortune reports that the new proclamation, the first of its kind, was drafted by the Environment, Forest and Climate Change ... Read More

Nairobi vendors charged over plastic ban

Social media users in Kenya have come out in support of three vendors who were arrested for using plastic bags. The men were selling fruit and sugar cane in Nairobi when they were detained and charged. BBC News reports that ... Read More


IBA unveils model global climate change statute

An unprecedented international ‘model statute’ will allow citizens to hold governments (or at least law-abiding governments) to account for insufficient measures taken to address climate change, a global representative body said last week. According to a Law Gazette report, the ... Read More

Warming risks children's health – study

Every country in the world is failing to shield children’s health and their futures from intensifying ecological degradation, climate change and exploitative marketing practices, warns a new study. A report in The Guardian states that the new study says that ... Read More

JP Morgan study warns of climate catastrophe

The world’s largest financier of fossil fuels has warned clients that the climate crisis threatens the survival of humanity and that the planet is on an unsustainable trajectory, according to a leaked document. A report in The Guardian notes that ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

Thunberg sets up new green NPO

* Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg is using her prize money from an award known as the ‘alternative Nobel’ to help set up an NPO in her name ‘to promote ecological and social sustainability’. Thunberg who won the Right Livelihood Award ... Read More

City Lodge goes solar

* The JSE-listed City Lodge Hotels group has invested about R20m in solar energy at 25 of its hotels and is planning to expand the initiative to a further 12. CFO Alastair Dooley said the solar energy facilities at all 25 ... Read More

Side Bars

Students design Mielie Mailer

Students design Mielie Mailer Trent Pike, who gave up studying Business Science in Economics and Statistics at UCT to pursue a green start-up business with co-founders Renato Marchesini (Business Science Marketing at UCT) and Erik Bourlov (a gemologist), says he ... Read More

African rock python returned to Zimbali

African rock python returned to Zimbali The 4m-long female African rock python that was moved from the Zimbali Eco Estate last year for her safety, has been microchipped as part of a research study. The snake, which was taken to ... Read More