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23 May 2019 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus


Radebe halts electricity generation gridlock

The SA Government last week opened the way for businesses to generate their own electricity and feed this into the national grid, not a moment too soon as Eskom's problematic future and climate change adaptation obligations ramp up pressure ... Read More

South Africa


Law clinic punts green Cabinet

In anticipation of this week’s Cabinet announcement, the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) has requested that President Cyril Ramaphosa make environmental governance a priority and appoint committed Ministers to lead institutional reform. A Mining Weekly report notes that the CER ... Read More

SA releases climate change adaptation strategy

More heatwaves, longer dry spells and increasing rainfall intensity. Shifting climatic zones, degraded ecosystems and landscapes, frequent veld fires and overused, stressed natural terrestrial and marine systems. According to a report in The Star, this is not the SA of ... Read More

Department to fight AgriSA’s fracking challenge

AgriSA’s bid to challenge government’s decision to turn down appeals regarding fracking applications on farms in the KZN, Free State, Eastern Cape and North West will be opposed by government departments, says a report in The Mercury. AgriSA has launched ... Read More

Legalbrief Policy Watch


Environment: Strategy for tackling air pollution in poor communities

Government’s new strategy for addressing air pollution in dense, low-income settlements was gazetted on Friday, reports Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. According to the executive summary, ‘successful partnerships’ with the private sector and civil society will be fundamental to the strategy’s ‘effective ... Read More

Legislation: New mine rehabilitation proposals out for comment

Draft regulations on financial provisioning for the rehabilitation and remediation of environmental damage caused by reconnaissance, prospecting, exploration, mining and production operations were gazetted on Friday for comment within 45 days, reports Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. Their purpose ... Read More

Analysis


Africa


Tanzania bans single-use plastic bags

The Tanzanian Government has issued an official warning to people planning to visit the country not to carry plastic bags with them effective from 1 June this year, underlining the country's plan to protect the environment. According to an ... Read More

East African countries join coral reefs probe

Marine park managers, lobbies and scientists from Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, SA and Tanzania have started a study that will evaluate the dangers coral reefs are facing. According to a report in The East African, Mishal Gudka, project ... Read More

Tanzania to auction big game hunting blocks

Tanzania plans to introduce a new auctioning system for big game hunting blocks next month, in a move aimed at enhancing transparency and curbing corruption in that part of the tourism industry. According to a Daily Dispatch report, allocation of ... Read More

World


UN official calls attention to Pacific risks

Governments around the world must introduce carbon taxes, halt plans for new coal plants and accelerate the closure of existing ones if damage to the Pacific from climate change is to be limited, the UN Secretary general has told Pacific ... Read More

Torres Strait islanders lodge case against Australia

A group of people from Australia's Torres Strait Islands has filed a landmark complaint with the UN against the Australian Government, alleging that a failure to act towards tackling climate change violates their fundamental human rights. According to a ... Read More

Enviro Briefs


DEAT consults on 2019 leopard hunting trophy quota

* The DEAT has issued a request for information to be considered for the determination of the 2019 quota for leopard hunting trophies and for the determination of 2019 lion bone export quota. It has also issued an invitation to attend ... Read More

Fish poacher enters plea deal

* Donovan Amos, charged in 2018 with illegal fishing, has entered into a plea bargain agreement which was concluded in the East London Magistrate’s Court. He pleaded guilty to operating a fish processing establishment without a permit, possession of undersized fish ... Read More

Addo Elephant Park brings in new poacher tracking technology

* The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has developed Cmore (command and control collaborator) software which the Addo Elephant Park’s control centre and rangers can use on their cell phones to track poaching incidents‚ sightings‚ carcass locations‚ or to track ... Read More

Side Bars


Cape Town hands out 'pocket' ashtrays

Cape Town hands out 'pocket' ashtrays The Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID) is distributing reusable ‘pocket’ ashtrays to smokers as part of its anti-litter programme. ‘The CCID has been distributing the pouches for the past five years and ... Read More

Project relocates 16 elephants

New home for 16 elephants Two families of elephants woke up last week to find themselves 1 100km from home. The 16 animals had been relocated from Limpopo to the Eastern Cape as part of the Great Karoo Elephant Migration ... Read More