Legal Trends 2018

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W Cape gets tough on enforcing water restriction laws

The Department of Water and Sanitation in the Western Cape is rolling out phase two of the enforcement and monitoring blitz as part of drought interventions...

21 Feb 2018

German court could open way to bans on diesel cars

One of Germany's top courts will decide on Thursday whether some diesel vehicles can be banned from parts of cities like Stuttgart and Duesseldorf to reduce air pollution, a possible landmark judgement for the "car nation"...

20 Feb 2018

Clean air vs industrial development: Durban court case explained

What is the right balance between economic development and environmental protection? This is the issue raised in a court battle over a new industrial development in south Durban...

By Mluleki Marongo 8 Feb 2018

German prosecutors raid Audi again in 'dieselgate' probe

FRANKFURT, Germany - German prosecutors said they had raided offices belonging to high-end carmaker Audi on Tuesday, 6 February 2018, the second sweep in a week related to diesel emissions cheating at the Volkswagen subsidiary...

7 Feb 2018

Leading ivory trade investigator murdered in Kenya

A world-renowned ivory investigator whose detailed reports contributed to the fight against elephant poaching and the illegal wildlife trade, was killed at his home in Kenya, police said on Monday, 5 February...

6 Feb 2018

Fracking: A delicate balancing act

Fracking is a contentious issue. If this process of accessing shale gas is implemented in South Africa, it must be responsible and sustainable...

By Justine Sweet 29 Jan 2018

Draft regulations for domestic rhino horn trade finalised

Draft regulatory measures relating to a proposed domestic trade in rhino horn have been finalised, environmental affairs minister Edna Molewa announced on Thursday, 25 January...

26 Jan 2018

Start preparing for the pending Carbon Tax Bill

The South African National Treasury published the Second Draft Carbon Tax Bill for public comment on 14 December 2017...

By Seelan Moonsamy 22 Jan 2018

Court sets aside fracking regulations

The Eastern Cape High Court has set aside a 2015 decision to invoke the fracking regulations necessary for shale gas exploration...

19 Oct 2017

Mine hits back over West Coast aquifer

Kropz responds to environmentalists' attempt to stop pumping...

By Melanie Gosling 19 Oct 2017

West Coast mine water dispute goes to court

Phosphate mining company Kropz said to be in breach of license in its use of ancient Elandsfontein aquifer...

By Melanie Gosling 16 Oct 2017

More restrictions for rhino horn trade

South Africa is in the process of finalising a set of regulations that will introduce further restrictions and requirements to regulate the domestic trade in rhino horn...

11 Oct 2017

Understanding the legalities of water regulations in SA

The rainy season in the Western Cape has now drawn to a close, and dam levels are at just above half of what they were at this time last year...

10 Oct 2017

Minister withdraws waste tyre management plan

Environmental Affairs Dr Edna Molewa has withdrawn the Integrated Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan (IIWTMP), which was submitted by the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (REDISA)...

4 Oct 2017

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International

Waymo, Uber end trade secrets theft trial with settlement

SAN FRANCISCO, USA - Waymo and Uber announced an agreement on Friday, 9 February 2018, in the blockbuster federal lawsuit over allegedly stolen trade secrets from the former Google self-driving car project.

12 Feb 2018

21st Century Fox/Sky takeover thrown into doubt by UK regulator

LONDON, UK: Britain's competition regulator provisionally ruled Tuesday that a planned takeover of pan-European satellite TV giant Sky by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox entertainment group was "not in the public interest".

24 Jan 2018

Tesla faces fresh Norway lawsuit over false advertising

OSLO, Norway: Nearly 80 Tesla owners in Norway have sued the US automaker over misleading advertising, saying their electric car did not deliver the promised performance, Norwegian daily Dagens Naeringsliv (DN) reported on Thursday.

12 Jan 2018

Steinhoff investors ask to join Dutch lawsuit

The Dutch Investors Association (VEB) says it has been approached by many South African-registered Steinhoff shareholders interested in participating in its class action against Steinhoff.

By Ann Crotty 12 Jan 2018

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