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27 February 2021 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

Vaal River pollution a 'human rights violation'

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has upped the ante in terms of addressing the ongoing and unresolved sewage pollution crisis fouling the Vaal River, writes Legalbrief. The SAHRC has given various government stakeholders 60 days to respond after it ... Read More

South Africa

Revival of Blue and Green Drop reports welcomed

Everyone in SA lives downstream from a sewage discharge point into their drinking water supply, which is why the Blue and Green Drop reports are so important, water specialist Anthony Turton said last week. A Mail & Guardian Online report ... Read More

Water use licence applications fast-tracked

The Department of Water & Sanitation (DWS) says it is fast-tracking water use licence applications to ensure they are finalised within 90 days, in line with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s pronouncement in the State of the Nation Address. An SA News ... Read More

Makhanda rations water

Makhanda water and sanitation manager Gubevu Maduna said the municipality had been rationing water for the past year and would continue to do so. According to a TimesLIVE report, Maduna said that the municipality closed off water supply every day ... Read More

Legalbrief Policy Watch

Generic EMPs adopted for community projects

Certain activities in government’s working for ecosystems, water and wetlands programmes may now be exempted from the need to obtain authorisations under the 1998 National Environmental Management Act. According to a Policy Watch report, gazetted on Saturday, the notices concerned ... Read More


SA well-placed to benefit from green hydrogen boom

Huge investments in global decarbonisation efforts will see green hydrogen emerge from the post-pandemic crisis as a winner, writes columnist Lisa Steyn in a BusinessLIVE analysis. Green hydrogen is produced with renewables, typically solar or wind energy, to power a process ... Read More


Shell raises Nigeria oil spill dispute with World Bank

Royal Dutch Shell Plc along with its Nigerian subsidiary, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), has launched arbitration proceedings against the government over a long-running dispute with a Rivers community. The oil major's Netherlands-registered holding company and SPDC have filed ... Read More

Captain details hours before Mauritius oil spill

The captain of a Japanese ship that ran aground in Mauritius in July last year, spilling tons of fuel, last week told an inquiry that he steered the vessel close to the island nation to find an Internet connection. ‘There ... Read More

DRC optimistic about Inga 3 hydro-power project

The DRC’s ambassador to Ethiopia and the AU has hinted that construction of the Inga 3 hydro-power project could start by the end of the year. ‘We believe in the coming month we will see concrete steps towards implementation,’ ... Read More


Climate activists meet with success in French courts

A recent ruling in Paris highlights how the commitments made by governments and businesses to combat climate change are coming under increased scrutiny before the courts, an expert in corporate litigation has said. According to an report, the ... Read More

Indian police arrest climate activist

Indian police have arrested an activist (22) linked to Swedish climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg and charged her with sedition, saying she created and shared an online document to support a months-long farmers protest. According to a Daily Dispatch report ... Read More

'Put a big fat price on carbon' – outgoing OECD head

The environment, climate change and the protection of nature must be the defining tasks of rich and major developing countries now and in the years to come, the outgoing head of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has said ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

Cape Town shortlisted for urban innovation award

* The City of Cape Town has been shortlisted in the top 15 for the 5th Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation. Mayco member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management James Vos said Cape Town has been shortlisted for its partnership ... Read More

Men arrested while trying to sell elephant tusks

* Six men were arrested while allegedly searching for a buyer for elephant tusks at King Shaka International Airport in Durban. The men, aged between 27 and 40 years, were arrested last week by a Hawks serious organised crime investigation team ... Read More

Four jailed for dealing in pangolin scales

* Four people have been convicted and sentenced to eight years in jail for the illegal dealing in and possession of a pangolin in contravention of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act. Hawks spokesperson Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu said Mashoko Manhondo, Joseph ... Read More

Side Bars

No emoji for wind turbines

No emoji for wind turbines Emojis, the concise hieroglyphs of modern life, play a growing role in our communication-dependent world, but what does one do when the required image doesn’t yet exist? The lack of a wind turbine emoji has ... Read More

The Compost Kitchen wins UN award

The Compost Kitchen wins UN award The Compost Kitchen, a Johannesburg-based recycling business, has just won a big United Nations award. The organisation was voted one of the ‘Top 300 Best Sustainable Practices’ at the 5th Global Entreps Awards held ... Read More

Regenize wins GreenPitch Challenge 2021

Regenize wins GreenPitch Challenge 2021   A Cape Town company determined to get South Africans recycling has won the Invest Cape Town Business Hub GreenPitch Challenge 2021. Regenize is an accessible and inclusive recycling solution that rewards recyclers with virtual ... Read More

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