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13 April 2024 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

Mashatile turns to civil society to help with crisis

Government is roping in the private sector and civil society – including some it has often clashed with – to help resolve the escalating water crisis which has become a political hot potato ahead of the 29 May national and provincial elections ... Read More

South Africa

Sasol granted 'alternative' emissions regulation

Sasol has succeeded in its appeal to the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries & Environment which will see its sulphur emissions regulated on an ‘alternative’ basis, according to a Fin24 report. The National Air Quality Officer (NAQO) – which is housed ... Read More

Agency slates delayed closure of coal-fired plants

Delays to the planned closures of coal-fired power plants proposed by government could result in thousands of deaths from air pollution and lead to billions of dollars of health-related costs, an air-quality research agency said. Fin24 reports that the projection ... Read More

BLSA slams 'fundamentally flawed' IRP

The CEO of Business Leadership SA, Busisiwe Mavuso, has said the recently released draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2023 should be reworked as it is fundamentally flawed, and has expressed concern about the plan’s ability to fix SA’s electricity supply ... Read More

Legalbrief Policy Watch

New rules for hazardous chemical agents

Thulas Nxesi, Minister of Employment & Labour, has given notice that he intends, in terms of section 43 of the Occupational Health & Safety Act, and after consultation with the Advisory Council for Occupational Health & Safety, to make regulations ... Read More


Revised biodiversity economy plan a step forward

Government is calling for public comments on an updated version of its existing biodiversity economy plan. ‘The National Biodiversity Economy Strategy aims to conserve biodiversity while also contributing to job creation and economic growth. It proposes to do this by ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Four-decade Uganda land dispute finally laid to rest

An epic land dispute, stretching back to 1976, has been resolved by the High Court in Kampala. It concerns 450 ha, most of it forming part of Uganda’s precious forest reserves, that the country’s land commission offered to a farming ... Read More


Zimbabwe declares drought a national disaster

Zimbabwean President Emerson Mnangagwa declared that the country's drought is a national disaster. ‘More than 2.7m people in Zimbabwe will go hungry this year,’ he said. An allAfrica report notes that Mnangagwa added that 80% of the ... Read More

New initiative to protect environmental defenders

Green Advocates International has launched ‘Standing Together for Environmental Defenders’ (Stand), an initiative to protect Grassroots Environmental Defenders (GEDs) in Liberia, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya. According to a report in the Liberian Observer, launched ... Read More

Study calls for better science training in Africa

A new paper says that if Africa is to appropriately deal with the effects of climate change, its adaptation strategy should focus on fostering science professions. A News24 report notes that the paper, published last week in the Nature Communications ... Read More


Dutch court finds KLM guilty of 'greenwashing'

An Amsterdam court’s decision that Dutch airline KLM misled consumers with its ‘Fly Responsibly’ advertising campaign is evidence of the developing legal framework regarding environmental claims, green claims and greenwashing, an expert has said. According to an report ... Read More

Wind farm ruling sets precedent

A recent Irish High Court decision will have implications for wind farm owners and operators who need to manage the risks associated with nuisance claims, an expert has said. A report on the site notes that the recent ... Read More

ECHR poised to rule in crucial climate case

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is poised to rule on an unprecedented climate change case brought by six young people against more than 30 states including the UK, Germany and Spain. A Law Gazette report notes that the ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

Water desalination plant for East London port

* Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has awarded a R60m contract for the construction of a water desalination plant at the Port of East London, the country’s only river port. The contract has been awarded to a JV comprising Norland Civil ... Read More

Mawana Game Reserve given elephant control ultimatum

* Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife has issued Mawana Game Reserve near Ulundi with a 14-day final compliance notice following the entity’s failure to maintain the reserve according to the approved management plan. Infringements include failure to provide adequate enclosure of the property ... Read More

Dam bursts in floodstricken Russian region

* Russia’s Government has declared flooding in the Orenburg region a federal emergency, with preparations for possible flooding under way in three other regions. The floods, which were caused by rising water levels in the Ural River, forced more than 4 ... Read More

Side Bars

SA extends four national parks

National parks extendedFour of SA’s national parks have increased in size, thanks to the work of the National Parks Trust of SA (NPTSA) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) SA. The expansion incorporated an additional 20 206ha of land ... Read More

Cape beaches ranked in world's top 100

Cape beaches among world's top 100SA’s beaches have again proven their world-class status with impressive rankings in the Golden Beach Awards 2024 top 100 beaches in the world. Cape Town’s Boulders Beach secured second place, while other Mother City ... Read More



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