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Could proposed rhino horn legislation save rhinos?

Comments on the proposed South African law to legalise domestic rhino horn trade closed this week, with both sides arguing about the effectiveness of the idea...

By Jacob Maslow 7 hours ago

Mining rights secured with Macassar ruling

Following years of litigation, the Constitutional Court issued an order in Macassar Land Claims Committee v Maccsand CC and Others, ending the threat against the security and stability of mining rights granted under the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act...

By Lionel Egypt, Ashley Pillay and Samantha Matjila 24 Mar 2017

Shongweni landfill court battle is put on hold

A court bid to muzzle a UK man behind an online campaign to shut the controversial Shongweni landfill site remains in limbo, with argument over whether the Durban High Court has jurisdiction...

8 Mar 2017

ELA wins Thabametsi green lawsuit

ELA has won its lawsuit against the environmental authorisation of a new coal-fired power station, scoring a major victory for the climate change cause...

8 Mar 2017

Are we being tough enough on illegal fishing?

A few months ago, South Africa's oceans were the scene of what can only be described as two high action pursuits by South African authorities of suspicious Chinese vessels fishing illegally in South African waters.

By Berning Robertson 7 Mar 2017

Judgement reserved in Thabametsi climate case

Judgment in South Africa's first climate change case around the impact of proposed Thabametsi coal-fired power station in Limpopo was reserved last week...

6 Mar 2017

NPA to charge EnviroServ over 'toxic fumes' at Shongweni landfill site

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has said that it has decided to press charges against the waste disposal company EnviroServ for "emitting toxic fumes from its Shongweni landfill site"...

By Nce Mkhize 6 Mar 2017

Court outcome will dictate SA's commitment to Paris Agreement

The practical consequences of the Paris Agreementmay soon be better understood as an application regarding climate change is being heard in the Pretoria High Court...

By Sandra Gore and Alecia Pienaar 2 Mar 2017

ELA goes to court over Thabametsi's environmental impact

ELA argues that Thabametsi power station did not adequately assess the climate change impact of the facility...

1 Mar 2017

Public invited to comment on draft regulations

Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa has invited any interested parties to submit written comments on the draft regulations on the reclamation of land from coastal waters...

27 Feb 2017

Climate change case in court

What has been described as South Africa's first climate change lawsuit is to be heard on Thursday, 2 March 2017, in the Pretoria High Court...

24 Feb 2017

R30m poached abalone confiscated in Western Cape

Joint efforts between the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), SAPS and custom officials have led to the confiscation of R30m worth of poached abalone in the Western Cape...

14 Feb 2017

PE municipality clears hazardous rubbish dumps

Garbage in Motherwell removed following GroundUp report...

By Joseph Chirume 6 Feb 2017

Wildlife in peril as poachers' net spreads

As the war rages against rhino poachers, experts are warning about the dangers faced by other animals to meet local and international demand for products...

2 Feb 2017

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DRC mining licence dispute goes to court

In a modern-day version of claim jumping a Mauritius-registered private resources investment firm is seeking legal redress against an Australian-listed junior resources company over contested mining rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

8 Mar 2017

Dutch seek law to help block foreign telecoms takeovers

The Dutch government on Thursday, 16 February, proposed a draft law enabling it to block or annul takeover bids of communications firms by foreign companies "in the name of national security".

17 Feb 2017

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