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SCA upholds ruling against Interwaste
SCA upholds ruling against Interwaste

The Department of Environmental Affairs has welcomed the decision by the Supreme Court of Appeal in the matter involving the validity of a Compliance Notice issued to Interwaste...

3 Jun 2019

Carbon Tax Bill: What effect will this have on corporate SA?
Carbon Tax Bill: What effect will this have on corporate SA?

The long-awaited Carbon Tax Bill, which is due to be implemented on 1 June 2019, will have a considerable impact on many of the large corporates that are currently operating in South Africa...

31 May 2019

SA's marine protection increases
SA's marine protection increases

The gazetting of a network of 20 new representative Operation Phakisa: Oceans Economy Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) has increased South Africa's marine ecosystem area under protection in the country's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)...

29 May 2019

Freedom of expression under threat, new campaign warns
Freedom of expression under threat, new campaign warns

South Africa's hard-won constitutional rights to freedom of expression and of legitimate political protest are under mounting pressure from both the state and private companies...

By John Yeld 29 May 2019

Increasing focus on environmental taxes in South Africa
Increasing focus on environmental taxes in South Africa

Climate change and global warming are issues that have long been debated. Predictions as far back as 1982 regarding increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide are proving true...

By Jerome Brink 22 May 2019

Draft climate change adaptation strategy open for public comment
Draft climate change adaptation strategy open for public comment

Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has published the Draft National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for public comment...

20 May 2019

More confusion over the fate of Botswana's elephants
More confusion over the fate of Botswana's elephants

President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana categorically denies that his government would ever cull elephants, contradicting the Parliamentary Report proposing culling...

By Dr Louise de Waal 17 May 2019

High-profile poaching arrest made in Kruger National Park
High-profile poaching arrest made in Kruger National Park

In an intelligence-driven anti-poaching operation on 1 May, a former SANParks employee was arrested on poaching charges...

3 May 2019

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SA reaches for the stars - but at what cost to mining?

While the square kilometre array (SKA) telescope is one of the most exciting projects in South Africa's scientific and academic fields with long-term benefits to the country's economy, it is likely to impact the use and exploitation of mineral resources in the Northern Cape...

By Lili Nupen & Ross McLean 29 Apr 2019

How machine learning can help fight illegal wildlife trade on social media
How machine learning can help fight illegal wildlife trade on social media

The illegal wildlife trade is one of the biggest threats to biodiversity. Demand for species and wildlife products, like rhino horn, elephant ivory and pangolin scales, have triggered...

By Enrico Di Minin and Christoph Fink 25 Apr 2019

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Robben Island to be designated a Marine Protected Area

In an effort toward the conservation of Robben Island's marine biodiversity, and advancing the sustainable tourism agenda, the island will soon be declared a Marine Protected Area...

23 Apr 2019

Opportunity to regularise pre-Waste Act hazardous waste facilities: But, what are the risks?
Opportunity to regularise pre-Waste Act hazardous waste facilities: But, what are the risks?

On 5 April 2019, the Minister of Environmental Affairs gave notice of her intention to require any person who lawfully conducted a hazardous waste management activity on 1 July 2009 to apply for a waste management licence...

By Paula-Ann Novotny 18 Apr 2019

Should we expect more private prosecutions for environmental crimes?
Should we expect more private prosecutions for environmental crimes?

Private prosecutions for environmental crimes has always been a thorny issue in South African environmental law. In the recent case of Uzani Environmental Advocacy CC v BP Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd, BP was found guilty of contravening the National Environmental Management Act...

By Athi Jara 17 Apr 2019

Watson wind farm stopped - for now
Watson wind farm stopped - for now

The controversial decision to grant environmental authorisation for the Watson family's massive wind farm project on the summit of the Groot Winterhoek mountains near Uitenhage has been overturned - at least temporarily...

By John Yeld 16 Apr 2019

Rhino horn confiscated by Hong Kong customs
Rhino horn confiscated by Hong Kong customs

The Department of Environmental Affairs has welcomed the confiscation of rhino horn valued at an estimated R29m by Hong Kong customs officials...

11 Apr 2019

Feathers fly over Watson wind farm plan
Feathers fly over Watson wind farm plan

The Department of Environmental Affairs has given the go-ahead to a wind farm project that the Watson family wants to build in the Eastern Cape, before assessing strong differences of opinion from scientists...

By John Yeld 10 Apr 2019

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Ndlovu Gang members sentenced to 25 years imprisonment each for rhino poaching

Three members of the Ndlovu Gang, following a lengthy trial, have been sentenced to 25 years of imprisonment each for 13 rhino poaching incidents...

5 Apr 2019

Judge intervenes to halt shooting of Riff Raff the elephant
Judge intervenes to halt shooting of Riff Raff the elephant

Animal campaigners were in court this week in defence of Riff Raff, a collared bull elephant who's currently on death row for being a "nuisance"...

4 Apr 2019

Revised Carbon Tax Bill introduced to Parliament
Revised Carbon Tax Bill introduced to Parliament

Last week the minister of finance introduced the revised Carbon Tax Bill (Bill) to Parliament, which aims to give effect to South Africa's objectives and commitments to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions...

By Gillian Niven & Nirvasha Singh 2 Apr 2019

Protection of strategic water source areas should be legislated, says UCT researcher
Protection of strategic water source areas should be legislated, says UCT researcher

Left unprotected, South Africa's strategic water source areas are highly vulnerable to inappropriate development...

2 Apr 2019

South Africa kicks the can down the road on captive predator breeding
South Africa kicks the can down the road on captive predator breeding

The world's leading lion scientists argue that captive predator breeding has no conservation value...

By Ross Harvey 22 Mar 2019

Four suspected poachers, staff arrested
Four suspected poachers, staff arrested

The South African National Parks (SANParks) on Friday, 15 February, announced the arrest of four suspected poachers including a staff member in an intelligence driven operation...

18 Feb 2019

City fails to publish water quality tests for two years
City fails to publish water quality tests for two years

Cape Town's scenic beaches, which are a draw card for tourists, are occasionally contaminated by bacteria from faeces, at levels which pose a risk to human health...

By Steve Kretzmann 12 Feb 2019

What NEMLA IV could mean for mine closures
What NEMLA IV could mean for mine closures

The implementation of the changes proposed by National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Bill, dubbed NEMLA IV will pave the way for a ground-breaking new specialist rehabilitation industry to emerge in South Africa...

By Garyn Rapson and Kirsty Kilner 11 Feb 2019

Communities, mining corporations and corruption in South Africa
Communities, mining corporations and corruption in South Africa

During the apartheid era in South Africa, the mining industry operated without restraint and had undue influence over government decision-making...

By Llewellyn Leonard 11 Feb 2019

Eskom met with strong opposition in its latest attempt to avoid pollution standards
Eskom met with strong opposition in its latest attempt to avoid pollution standards

Earlier this week, the Life After Coal/Impilo Ngaphandle Kwamalahle Campaign submitted strongly worded opposition to Eskom's latest round of applications for more time to comply with pollution standards...

7 Feb 2019

West Coast mining company fined a "pittance"
West Coast mining company fined a "pittance"

Australian-owned mining company Mineral Sands Resources (MSR) has been fined R1.25 million for unlawful activities at its Tormin heavy minerals mine on the West Coast near Lutzville...

By John Yeld 6 Feb 2019

Two poaching attempts foiled in KZN
Two poaching attempts foiled in KZN

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Sihle Zikalala has commended law authorities for the arrest of suspected poachers in two poaching attempts...

4 Feb 2019

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Court refuses appeal on Mpumalanga coal mine

The North Gauteng High Court has refused an application for leave to appeal its decision to overturn the government's hush-hush approval of a new coal mine in a critical biodiversity and water conservation area in Mpumalanga...

By John Yeld 28 Jan 2019

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