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Environmental management plan published for adoption
Environmental management plan published for adoptionArticle

A plan to mitigate the environmental impact of LandCare projects has been published by the minister of forestry, fisheries and the environment...

15 Apr 2021

The Pretoria High Court has stopped Uthaka Energy from starting to mine coal this week in the critical water source area of Mabola, Mpumalanga. Archive photo: supplied
Court stops Mpumalanga coal mineArticle

In yet another turn in what is already a six-year legal battle, Uthaka Energy, a coal-mining company, has been interdicted by the Pretoria High Court from mining in one of South Africa's critical water source areas...

John Yeld 26 Mar 2021

The Inyanda-Roodeplaat wind farm site in the Eastern Cape, taken from the cover of an Environmental Impact Report.
Controversial Watsons' wind farm approval overturned on reviewArticle

In an about-turn, DEFF has refused environmental authorisation for a controversial wind farm in the mountains near Uitenhage...

John Yeld 24 Mar 2021

Gillian Niven and Kirsty Kilner
Incentivising renewable energy development: moving one step closer, or two steps back?Article

Recent moves to incentivise renewable energy development in designated areas are welcome, but a new requirement has been introduced which may prove onerous and cause significant delays...

Kirsty Kilner & Gillian Niven 9 Mar 2021

Gold Fields is planning a 40MW plant at South Deep Mine
Self-generated power, less red tape and new tech will drive SA mining forwardArticle

South African mines have been granted state permission to generate energy for their own use without having to rely on Eskom's unstable power supply...

Owen Murphy 3 Mar 2021

Blow for activists in River Club development
Blow for activists in River Club developmentArticle

On 22 February it was announced that Western Cape minister for environmental affairs and development planning (DEADPA) Anton Bredell had decided to dismiss...

Daniel Steyn 1 Mar 2021

Agriculture and the consumer's "right to know" movement
Agriculture and the consumer's "right to know" movementArticle

The International Bar Association recently held its annual conference where the Agricultural Law Section focused on the consumer's right to opt-out of climate un-friendly food...

Theo Boshoff 18 Jan 2021

Much of the West Coast between Elands Bay in the south and Alexander Bay in the north is, or has already been, the target of mining operations. Photos: John Yeld
Court challenge to West Coast beach miningArticle

Government is facing a high court challenge that goes to the heart of a surge in mining and prospecting applications along several hundred kilometres of the West Coast and offshore...

John Yeld 13 Nov 2020

Province goes to court over River Club ruling
Province goes to court over River Club rulingArticle

In the latest battle over the planned mega-development at Observatory's River Club, the Heritage Western Cape Appeal Tribunal is being taken to court by the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works...

Steve Kretzmann 30 Oct 2020

The River Club, currently a nine-hole golf course, is to be rezoned and will house new headquarters for giant multi-national company Amazon, following a decision by the City’s Municipal Planning Tribunal on Friday. Photo: Steve Kretzmann
Municipal tribunal gives go-ahead to mega-development at Two Rivers Urban ParkArticle

The rezoning of the River Club property in Observatory to allow a R4.5bn mega-development including headquarters for Amazon was given the go-ahead by the City of Cape Town's Municipal Planning Tribunal...

Steve Kretzmann 23 Sep 2020

The West Coast One wind farm near Vredenburg has operated since 2015. Environment minister Barbara Creecy says the wake effect on this facility of a proposed new neighbouring wind farm must be investigated before it can also be approved. Photo: John Yeld
Creecy upholds appeal against giant West Coast wind farmArticle

It is back to the drawing board for a giant new wind farm project on the West Coast, following an appeal decision by Environment Minister Barbara Creecy...

John Yeld 9 Sep 2020

R4bn River Club development clears major obstacle
R4bn River Club development clears major obstacleArticle

The next step towards a massive R4bn development on the contested River Club site in Observatory, Cape Town, has been authorised by the provincial government...

Steve Kretzmann 31 Aug 2020

Creecy poised for West Coast wind farm decision
Creecy poised for West Coast wind farm decisionArticle

A recommendation by department officials on whether to uphold appeals against a massive wind farm project proposed for the West Coast Peninsula was due to have landed on the desk of...

John Yeld 31 Jul 2020

Pre-Covid on-site inspection
Covid-19 calls for balance strategy for technical auditsArticle

Engineering projects face a growing range of audits, assessment and monitoring, but will Covid-19 restrictions on movement make it difficult for consultants to carry out this vital work?

3 Jul 2020

Self-drive to private or public game reserves, national parks permitted under Level 3
Self-drive to private or public game reserves, national parks permitted under Level 3Article

Hunting, self-drive visits to private or public game reserves and national parks, as well as recreational fishing are among the activities the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has included in the directions under the Covid-19 Lockdown Level 3...

3 Jun 2020

The map shows the location of the new Juno Wind Farm. Graphic: from the Supplementary Heritage Report by Sarah Winter and Nicolas Baumann (July 2019)
Giant turbine farm set to harvest West Coast windArticle

Appeals against plans for a huge new wind farm on the West Coast have been dismissed by Environment Minister Barbara Creecy, paving the way for the addition of up to 140MW of renewable energy into the national grid...

John Yeld 11 May 2020

Environment minister Barbara Creecy’s decision to allow mining on ten more West Coast beaches has prompted criticism from environmentalists. Photo: John Yeld
"New broom" minister Barbara Creecy raises dustArticle

Environment Minister Barbara Creecy's decision to allow vastly expanded West Coast beach mining has prompted sharp criticism from environmentalists...

John Yeld 9 Apr 2020

Environmental emergencies as a consequence of Covid-19
Environmental emergencies as a consequence of Covid-19Article

The National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (NEMA) defines an "emergency situation" as one that has arisen suddenly that poses an imminent and serious threat to the environment, human life or property, including a 'disaster' as defined in section 1 of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (DMA)...

20 Mar 2020

New twist in Noordhoek wetland road controversy
New twist in Noordhoek wetland road controversyArticle

For the past two decades, City of Cape Town transport planners, environmentalists, civic groups and local residents have locked horns over a controversial proposal for a new road link...

John Yeld 3 Mar 2020

The view looking east across the West Coast with the village of Paternoster in the foreground. The recently approved Boulders Wind farm will stand on the hills in the background, directly in this view. Photo: John Yeld
Wind farm says massive new rival could cost it "hundreds of millions" in lost energyArticle

An existing wind farm is crying foul after the government last month gave the conditional go-ahead for a massive new wind farm project on an adjoining property on the West Coast Peninsula near Vredenburg...

John Yeld 19 Feb 2020

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Environmental considerations for self-generation regimeArticle

Besides the obviouts dialogue about legislative amendments needed for mining companies to generate their own power, there is also the question of whether the minister consulted with other relevant departments in ensuring this policy decision is given due effect...

Gillian Niven & Paula-Ann Novotny 18 Feb 2020

West Coast property owners could be ordered to demolish their houses
West Coast property owners could be ordered to demolish their housesArticle

Five Elands Bay beach property owners have been served warning notices by the Western Cape's environmental authorities for allegedly illegally building houses and other structures within the protected coastal zone...

John Yeld 29 Jan 2020

The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) has conditionally approved the Boulders wind farm project. Image from the Final Environmental Impact Assessment Report by CES (copied for fair use).
Huge West Coast wind farm approvedArticle

The government has approved in principle the huge Boulders wind farm project on the West Coast peninsula near Paternoster, St Helena Bay and Vredenburg...

John Yeld 22 Jan 2020

IRP 2019 and the slow transition to a low-carbon economy
IRP 2019 and the slow transition to a low-carbon economyArticle

The Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP2019) is the latest addition to the array of legal instruments South Africa has adopted to transition to a low-carbon economy and as part of its commitment to adapt to and mitigate against climate change under the international climate change framework...

Gillian Niven, Paula-Ann Novotny and Jeanique Pretorius 12 Nov 2019

Ask these questions before buying into a development
Ask these questions before buying into a developmentArticle

Many first-time buyers will be considering homes in developments and they need to ask the developers some probing questions before making a commitment...

Issued by Private Property South Africa 19 Sep 2019

The Department of Mineral Resources has given the go-ahead for Italian group Eni to conduct drilling off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Photo: Eni (fair use)
Controversial KZN drilling project gets go-aheadArticle

Marches, protests and objections to plans to drill for gas and oil along the KwaZulu-Natal coastline over the past few years have come to naught...

13 Sep 2019

The pitfalls of confessing to past environmental law transgressions
The pitfalls of confessing to past environmental law transgressionsArticle

Companies that have used a 'rectification' process to admit to and pay for past environmental law transgressions could be forgiven for feeling jittery...

28 Aug 2019

What Appeal Court's fracking judgment means
What Appeal Court's fracking judgment meansArticle

Anti-fracking activists won their appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) last month. The legal victory of Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) and others means that environmental regulation of mining activities has been taken out of the hands of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR)...

Wilmien Wicomb 15 Aug 2019

Part of the current mineral sands extraction by the Tormin mine on the West Coast. Photo: John Yeld
State approves Tormin's massive West Coast mining expansionArticle

Government has given Australian-owned Tormin mine the go-ahead to vastly expand its current extraction of mineral sands on 10 additional West Coast beaches and on an inland strip of old beach adjoining the existing mine near Lutzville...

John Yeld 15 Jul 2019

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

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...

Athi Jara 17 Apr 2019

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

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...

John Yeld 16 Apr 2019

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

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...

John Yeld 10 Apr 2019

Wind farms fund construction of bridge over dried up river in Loeriesfontein
Wind farms fund construction of bridge over dried up river in LoeriesfonteinArticle

Loeriesfontein Wind Farm and Khobab Wind Farm will fund the construction of a bridge over a dried up river that has divided the communities of Loeriesfontein for many years...

28 Mar 2019

More sea cliffs collapse at West Coast mine
More sea cliffs collapse at West Coast mineArticle

The coastal sea cliff overlooking West Coast beaches being mined by an Australian-owned company has collapsed in four more places...

John Yeld 4 Dec 2018

Enda Molewa, who died in September, granted permission for coal to be mined in a protected area, when she was minister of environmental affairs. Photo from
Court challenge to Mpumalanga coal mineArticle

While much of her work was widely admired and supported, the legacy of the late Edna Molewa, who was environmental affairs minister, is not uncontested...

John Yeld 16 Oct 2018

CoCT to double capacity of Potsdam wastewater treatment plant
CoCT to double capacity of Potsdam wastewater treatment plantArticle

The next six years will see capacity of the Potsdam wastewater treatment plant in Milnerton go from 47 million litres per day to a total of 100 million litres per day...

5 Oct 2018

Damage to West Coast beaches from mining can be kept to "acceptable" levels
Damage to West Coast beaches from mining can be kept to "acceptable" levelsArticle

Australian company tries again to get approval for huge expansion project...

John Yeld 27 Sep 2018

Are first world laws stunting SA's mining growth?
Are first world laws stunting SA's mining growth?Article

The South African mining industry needs to consider ways to prevent a further decline of the mining sector and simplify access for potential entrants into the mining industry...

Athi Jara 26 Sep 2018

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Tougher Climate Change Bill needed, says NGOsArticle

The Life After Coal/Impilo Ngaphandle Kwamalahle Campaign has called for a more robust, proactive Climate Change Bill...

14 Aug 2018

Report: SA doesn't need R19bn coal IPP projects
Report: SA doesn't need R19bn coal IPP projectsArticle

Government's plans for two new IPP coal plants would cost South Africa an additional R19.68bn compared to a least-cost energy system...

30 May 2018

Loyiso Tyabashe, Eskom's senior manager for nuclear
#AUW2018: Eskom will continue with nuclear planning for nowArticle

If nuclear is not included in the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) due out in August, then "we will close up shop and move on to the next technology"...

Nicci Botha 18 May 2018

Wild Coast toll road: new court battle looms
Wild Coast toll road: new court battle loomsArticle

The SA National Roads Agency (SANRAL) has promised to respond by the end of the month to a legal challenge to the controversial R9bn N2 Wild Coast Toll Road from East London to Durban...

Thembela Ntongana 10 Apr 2018

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Red tape not insurmountable for those looking to help boost water supplyArticle

According to SRK Consulting senior environmental consultant Scott Masson, there are an encouraging number of businesses and individuals who are pursuing initiatives to boost water supply in the Western Cape...

19 Mar 2018

Clean air vs industrial development: Durban court case explained
Clean air vs industrial development: Durban court case explainedArticle

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...

Mluleki Marongo 8 Feb 2018

Fracking: A delicate balancing act
Fracking: A delicate balancing actArticle

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

Justine Sweet 29 Jan 2018

Koeberg nuclear power station. Photo: Sunday Times
Eco warriors tackle proposed nuclear power stationArticle

The environmental authorisation to construct and operate a new nuclear power station in Duynefontein has been challenged...

14 Nov 2017

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New hazmat dump for PEArticle

After more than a decade of deliberations and red tape, a second highly hazardous landfill for Nelson Mandela Bay has been approved by the Department of Environmental Affairs...

Estelle Ellis 9 Nov 2017

Karoo uranium mining plans scuppered...for now
Karoo uranium mining plans scuppered...for nowArticle

Depressed uranium prices and the subsequent poor return for investors have had a hand in Peninsula Energy's decision to divest their interests in the Karoo Uranium Project...

30 Oct 2017

Mine hits back over West Coast aquifer
Mine hits back over West Coast aquiferArticle

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

Melanie Gosling 19 Oct 2017

Bernard DUPONT via  - Auob Riverbed, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
R18.1m to develop Dawid Kruiper Rest CampArticle

SANParks has made R18.1m available for the development of the Dawid Kruiper Rest Camp within the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park as agreed to in 2015 by SANParks and the ‡Khomani San...

9 Oct 2017

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