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16 July 2019 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

Eskom explores cleaner electricity options

Troubled state power utility Eskom is under pressure to produce more sustainable electricity as government and business in SA prioritise the renewable energy sector, and move away from coal power, writes Legalbrief. According to a BusinessLIVE report, Trade and Industry ... Read More

South Africa

SCA ruling puts brakes on fracking

The SCA ruled last week that the Minister of Mineral Resources did not have the power to make regulations for petroleum exploration and production, effectively halting the exploration of shale gas through the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). TimesLIVE notes ... Read More

Government considers policy on single-use plastics

The government is reviewing its policy on single-use plastics and intends to complete this process by the end of this financial year, according to a News24 report. In a written parliamentary question, DA MP Annerie Weber asked Environment, Forestry and ... Read More

Proposed Shongweni landfill sparks residents' ire

The eThekwini Municipality’s decision to build a landfill site in the already polluted Shongweni area has been described by angry residents as unfair and irrational. According to a report in The Mercury, the move comes after the city approved, at ... Read More

Legalbrief Policy Watch

Legislation: EIA pre-screening mandatory from 3 October

From 3 October, a pre-screening report will be compulsory when applying for authorisation in terms of environmental impact assessment (EIA) regulations 19 and 21 of 2014 – using the Department of Environmental Affairs’ recently operationalised web-based screening tool provided for ... Read More


Bushveld communities gear up to fight Thabametsi

The people of the Bushveld around the Waterberg, where the power plant Medupi has already destroyed the area’s ecological and social fabric, are fighting government’s plans to build another coal-fired power station in the vicinity, writes Elana Greyling, freelance journalist ... Read More


Law firm bullish about RE's prospects in Africa

Global law firm DLA Piper has published an updated version of its Africa Renewable Energy Guide, which provides a snapshot of the regulatory environment for renewable energy in 17 African countries, including SA. According to an Engineering News report, the ... Read More

Rare black rhino dies enroute to Tanzania

A rare black rhino has died during a flight from a British nature reserve to Tanzania, where he was due to be released into the wild. A report in The Mercury notes that the 17-year-old, named Zambezi, was being flown ... Read More

Walvis Bay Metro denies polluting lagoon

The Walvis Bay Municipality has been accused of discharging sewage into the lagoon, an international Ramsar site that is home to water birds from all over the world. According to a report on the allAfrica site, residents aired their discontent ... Read More


Deep-sea mining a threat to world's oceans – study

The world’s oceans are facing a ‘new industrial frontier’ from a fledgling deep-sea mining industry as companies line up to extract metals and minerals from some of the most important ecosystems on the planet, a report has found. The Guardian ... Read More

Climate action lawsuits on the rise – study

Climate action lawsuits against governments and corporations have spread across 28 countries, according to a new analysis. A report in The Guardian notes that the study reveals that more than 1 300 legal actions concerning climate change have been brought ... Read More

European heatwave made worse by climate change

The record-breaking heatwave that struck France and other European nations in June was made at least five – and possibly 100 – times more likely by climate change, scientists have calculated. A report in The Guardian notes that such heatwaves ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

SA Mint releases green commemorative coin

* The South African Mint, a wholly owned subsidiary of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), yesterday released into circulation a new R2 commemorative circulation coin themed ‘Environmental Rights’ as part of its coin programme launched last month to commemorate 25 ... Read More

Three years house arrest for illegal fishing

* Donovan Amos will spend the next three years under house arrest for illegal fishing practices, after being sentenced by East London Magistrate Deon Rossouw. Amos had pleaded guilty to the charges during his previous court appearance. He will perform community ... Read More

Side Bars

Arctic fox walks 4 000km

Arctic fox walks 4 000km   Last week, researchers with the Norwegian Polar Institute published a paper detailing how an arctic fox they tagged last year made a stunning 4 000km journey from Norway to Canada – in just 76 ... Read More

Two Oceans Aquarium launches Plastic-Free July

Two Oceans Aquarium launches Plastic-Free July   The Two Oceans Aquarium has launched its Plastic-Free July campaign in response to the issue of plastic pollution, which it said had become pervasive in oceans, and which was responsible for the distress ... Read More

Activists make the M&G Young South Africans list

Activists make the M&G Young South Africans list   Each year, the Mail & Guardian newspaper publishes a list of 200 exceptional and notable South Africans under the age of 35 in its ‘200 Young South Africans’ list. This year ... Read More