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20 September 2019 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

SA rivers in dire straits

Our dependence on healthy rivers has been highlighted by the knock-on effects of catastrophic pollution in several SA watercourses, writes Legalbrief. Willowton Oil, the Pietermaritzburg edible oil manufacturer responsible for recent contamination of the uMsunduzi River, has pledged more assistance ... Read More

South Africa

Go-ahead for exploratory drilling along KZN coast

Marches, protests and objections to plans to drill for gas and oil along the KZN coastline over the past few years have come to naught. According to a Daily Maverick report, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has granted environmental ... Read More

Green financing rescue plan proposed

A plan to establish the world’s largest green energy financing initiative is being threshed out in SA, which needs to reduce its environmental footprint and find innovative ways to fund debt-stricken Eskom. A BusinesLIVE report notes that the plan which ... Read More

Bleak outlook for SA's thermal coal – analyst

SA’s thermal-coal exports are expected to drop as its main export hub faces growing competition and new cheaper energies proliferate, according to a US research group. A Fin24 report quotes the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) which ... Read More

Legalbrief Policy Watch

Legislation: Organic pollutants phase-out process begins

Regulations affecting persistent organic pollutants were gazetted last week, when they also came into effect, reports Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. Phasing out the use, production, distribution, sale, import and export of five listed substances, the new regulations mark ... Read More

Legislation: GHG reporting regulations to be strengthened

Draft amendments to greenhouse gas emissions reporting regulations with significant implications for data providers were gazetted on Friday for comment within 30 days, reports Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. This is noting a proposal that the term ‘data provider’ ... Read More


Call for new model of water allocation

Scarce water resources, badly planned and poorly maintained infrastructure, and a financing system based on the commodification of water through water tariffs contribute to a perfect storm gathering, write researchers from the Environment Monitoring Group (EMG) in an analysis on ... Read More

Outlaw microplastics to ensure sustainability

The presence of everyday plastics in our environment is yet another serious global environmental crisis impacting the ecosystem and related services. Dr Nonhlanhla Kalebaila, research manager at the Water Research Commission, writes: ‘Addressing the plastic pollution crisis in its entirety ... Read More


SA translocates nine black rhinos to Serengeti

Nine black rhinos from SA have arrived in the Serengeti as part of efforts to repopulate the park with the critically endangered species, Tanzanian authorities said last week. A report in The Citizen notes that the animals came from Thaba ... Read More

Maun police track suspected rhino poachers

Police in Maun have embarked on a search for suspects in connection with two rhinos, which were found dead in the Okavango Delta this month. According to a report on the allAfrica site, Senior Superintendent Samuel Kgomo said in an ... Read More

Drought kills 30 000 cattle in Namibia

More than 30 000 drought-related cattle deaths were recorded in Namibia between October 2018 and April 2019 – the normal rainfall season. According to a report on the allAfrica site, rains were delayed and erratic, resulting in reduced area planted ... Read More


Adapt or die, Global Commission warns

Investing $1.8trn over the next decade – in measures to adapt to climate change – could produce net benefits worth more than $7trn. A BBC News report notes that this is according to a global cost-benefit analysis setting out ... Read More

Denialists oppose net zero carbon limit

Hundreds of climate change deniers including academics, politicians and lobbyists are to launch a campaign to stop commitments to net zero carbon emissions being enshrined in law, notes a report in The Independent. A letter titled ‘There is no climate ... Read More

Companies battle to assess brown to green transition

Global money managers and companies are rushing to meet a deadline to report on their carbon footprint, but the lack of a standard metric raises concerns their efforts could just be a box-ticking exercise in the transition from brown to ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

SAPS members seize abalone worth R3m

* Kraaifontein SAPS members delivered a massive blow to the illegal abalone trade when they seized dried abalone worth millions last week. The policemen raided a home in Loarti Village, Kraaifontein, where the members discovered shelves stacked with dried abalone. More ... Read More

French city consortium bans synthetic pesticides

* Paris and four other French cities last week banned the use of synthetic pesticides within their boundaries as an anti-chemicals movement that began in the countryside gains momentum. Lille, Nantes, Grenoble and Clermont-Ferrand joined Paris in implementing the ban, citing ... Read More

Researchers analyse ancient rhino tooth

* Genetic information has been extracted from a 1.7m-year-old rhino tooth, raising hopes that crucial data about extinct animals could be retrieved, or lost species revived. Researchers at the universities of Cambridge and Copenhagen identified an almost complete set of ... Read More

Side Bars

SA sniffer dogs go to Malaysia

SA sniffer dogs off to Malaysia   Five of SA’s four-legged finest have been sent to Malaysia to help curb rising poaching there. Trained by Paramount K9 Solutions in Magaliesburg, Gauteng, the dogs were ordered by Malaysia’s Department of Wildlife ... Read More