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15 April 2021 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

Eskom's appeal response stokes nuclear debate

Nuclear power has ricocheted back into the news, with Eskom arguing for a new nuclear plant at Koeberg in response to an Environmental Authorisation (EA) appeal against the project, first mooted a decade ago, writes Legalbrief. Civil society organisations (CSOs ... Read More

South Africa

Why is SA locked into 20-year powership deal?

A project to ease SA’s electricity supply constraints quickly by using floating powerships has come under fire by energy analysts, who have questioned why agreements will lock SA into using the ships until 2042. Minister of Energy Gwede Mantashe this ... Read More

Judgment reserved in key plantation size case

As the forest industry converts from pine to the thirstier eucalyptus, the government has stepped in to curb plantation size, saying that every drop counts – especially in a water-scarce country like SA. According to a Daily Maverick report, the ... Read More

Selati Game Reserve under threat from miner

The owners of the 28 000ha Selati Game Reserve are in a stand-off with the Tiara Mining company that has plans to excavate a series of open-cast pits on their land in order to mine for gold and emeralds. According to ... Read More

Legalbrief Policy Watch

SKA management plan changes unpacked

More light has been thrown on the rationale behind recent amendments to the 2019 integrated environmental management plan for Square Kilometre Array ongoing construction phase one. A Policy Watch report notes that, according to a somewhat belated media statement, the ... Read More

New plastic bag regulations in force

Only plastic carrier and flat bags compliant with amended compulsory specification VC8087 of 2013 may now be traded, distributed, manufactured locally or imported for use in SA. A Policy Watch report notes that this is according to amended regulations gazetted ... Read More


Marketing experts could help shift to pro-nature behaviour

Marketing experts need to apply the human behaviour-change techniques they have mastered to convince everyone to start looking after the Earth. So writes environmental journalist Heather Dugmore, in a Mail & Guardian analysis, in which she analyses a research article ... Read More


GERD negotiations disintegrate

Sudan and Egypt have grown increasingly concerned by Ethiopia's stance during negotiations over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). The gravity dam on the Nile has been under construction since 2011. A report on the allAfrica site notes that ... Read More

Tunisia challenges Italian household waste matter

Tunisia has assembled a legal case on imported Italian household waste and plans to take it to international justice, Minister of Local Affairs & Environment Kamel Edoukh said last week. A report on the allAfrica site notes that, speaking at ... Read More

Green Livelihood Alliance launched in Liberia

Green Livelihood Alliance (GLA) 2.0, a programme tackling deforestation, human rights abuses and activists' safety, and the lack of policies that drive smallholder farming, has been launched. According to a report on the allAfrica site, campaigners at the Sustainable ... Read More


China's bitcoin mines risk undercutting climate goals

China’s electricity-hungry bitcoin mines that power nearly 80% of the global trade in cryptocurrencies risk undercutting the country’s climate goals, a study in the journal Nature says. A report in The Guardian notes that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies rely on ... Read More

XR announces direct action protests against banks

Extinction Rebellion will focus its direct action protests on the banking sector over the coming weeks after the group targeted the Bank of England and branches of high street banks over the bank holiday weekend, as it orchestrates a wave ... Read More

Developing countries urged to rethink targets

The 30th BASIC (Brasil, SA, India and China) Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change has urged developed countries to revisit their climate change mitigation targets while also urging them to provide support to developing countries. An SA News report notes that ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

Two arrested for crayfish possession

* Two people have been arrested for being in possession of a large number of crayfish tails in Moorreesburg. Over the weekend, police pulled over a vehicle on the N7. The police's Frederick van Wyk said that crayfish tails worth ... Read More

Cape Town trials food waste diversion project

* Cape Town has appealed to the public to take part in its organic food waste project, aimed at diverting food waste from landfills. The food waste diversion project will operate from four City drop-off sites in Belhar, Killarney, Hout Bay ... Read More

Side Bars

New monograph charts SA's marvellous sharks

Monograph charts SA's sharksTheir names are as marvellous as their lives are mysterious; shysharks, pyjama sharks and ghost sharks, flapnose houndsharks, frilled sharks, megamouth sharks, speckled guitarfish and ornate sleeper rays. And while they are little known, they are ... Read More

Bricks from waste

Bricks from wasteThe Centre for Regenerative Design and Collaboration (CRDC) SA has been awarded the prestigious Dow Business Impact Fund award worth R1.4m for their ground-breaking new concrete modifier made from mixed plastic waste. A Cape Argus report notes ... Read More

First five star rated green hospital in Africa opens

Africa's first five-star green hospitalGrowthpoint Properties is selling its newly developed specialist surgical hospital in Pretoria, Cintocare Private Surgical Hospital, to its 61.8% held subsidiary Growthpoint Healthcare Property Holdings for R515.6m cash. The Cape Times report notes ... Read More

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