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29 November 2023 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

Loan deals pour in but power station plans unclear

As SA inked deals with three global banking institutions last week for concessional financing to support the country's Just Energy Transition, the government admitted it has no clear plan for the decommissioning of coal-fired power stations, a key pillar ... Read More

South Africa

R14.25m mining SLAPP action partially resolved

Just over half of the claims in a long-running R14.25m SLAPP defamation action brought by Australian mining interests against six SA environmentalists and social activists have been settled out of court. The terms of the settlement agreement are confidential ... Read More

Greenlight for Karpowership in Saldanha Bay, but ...

Karpowership SA says it has been granted environmental authorisation for its proposed Saldanha Bay project, according to Fin24. The 320MW plant is one of three floating gas power plants that were awarded preferred bidder status in the Risk Mitigation IPP ... Read More

Just Share spotlights banks' decarbonisation failures

Standard Bank has seven directors that have potential conflicts of interest regarding their roles at fossil fuel companies and the bank’s commitment to managing climate risk issues, says Just Share in a new study that spotlights key roles that the ... Read More

Legalbrief Policy Watch

SA concludes Just Energy Transition deal

SA has signed loan agreements with the World Bank, Germany and the African Development Bank for concessional financing to support the country’s Just Energy Transition in line with the Just Energy Transition Investment Plan. A Policy Watch report notes that ... Read More


SA risks plunging into a sanitation quagmire

‘Sanitation is essential for survival. According to the UN, 4.2bn people live without safe sanitation, while 673m still practise open defecation and 3bn lack basic handwashing facilities. This sanitation crisis means that untreated or poorly treated human sewage is ... Read More


Nigerian communities may sue Shell, court rules

The Nigerian High Court has ruled that 13 000 Nigerian fishermen and farmers at the centre of a major oil pollution case against Shell can bring claims for breaches of their right to a clean environment under Nigerian constitutional law ... Read More

Mozambique angles for energy transition funding

Mozambique’s Government has approved a strategy to reduce the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels that it estimates will cost $80bn to implement by 2050, a step aimed at winning finance to develop the economy. An Engineering News report notes that ... Read More


World on track for 2.5°-2.9°C rise in temperature

The latest Emissions Gap Report from the UN Environment Programme (Unep), released last week, has found that current pledges under the Paris Agreement will put the world on track for a 2.5°-2.9°C rise above pre-industrial temperature levels ... Read More

Call for better funding for small-scale farmers

Ahead of COP28, the UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) urges global leaders to shift gears and drastically and urgently scale-up climate finance for small-scale farmers and small agribusinesses, who produce one-third of the world's food and ... Read More

Global plastic pollution talks end inconclusively

The third round of UN global plastic pollution treaty talks has ended with no plan for how to move the negotiations forward, despite a majority of countries supporting a robust treaty grounded in global rules. A Cape Times report quotes ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

Hippo attacks, kills game ranger

* A game ranger was attacked and killed by a hippo last week while on foot patrol at Mkhuze Game Reserve in northern KZN. Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife acting CEO Sihle Mkhize said Sphamandla Phiwayinkosi Mthembu was attacked on Sunday. Read More

Huge abalone busts made in Cape Town

* Maitland flying squad members have made two huge abalone busts in Cape Town. The two separate busts were made on the N2 freeway. In the first incident, a man was nabbed in possession of abalone worth R900 000. Later, a ... Read More

Side Bars

Zero Carbon Charge builds EV charging network

R1.8bn EV charging station networkZero Carbon Charge has started construction on a national network of 100% renewable energy-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. At a ceremony in Wolmaransstad in the North West Province, Zero Carbon Charge broke ground on its ... Read More

UCT's Water Hub wins Eco-Logic Award

Award for UCT Water HubUCT's Water Hub recently won the 2023 Gold Eco-Logic Award, which identify individuals, organisations and communities that positively contribute towards a sustainable world. Dr Kevin Winter from UCT's Department of Environmental and Geographical Science and ... Read More

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