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Compliance requirements for mining becoming more important as Covid-19 continues to shake up industry
Compliance requirements for mining becoming more important as Covid-19 continues to shake up industryArticle

Whether large-scale or artisanal, the need for mines to be compliant and ethical is highlighted by the implications for the environment, economy, and communities in which the mines operate...

Janine Espin 3 days ago

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 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

Karpowership vessel, Kaya Bey
RMIPPPP floating power stations raise questions on carbon emissionsArticle

Questions have been raised around governments' reasoning to include three Karpowership floating power plants to provide part of the 2,000MW tendered under the RMIPPPP....

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

Mosadi Kwele speaks at a community meeting held on 19 January 2020, while Itumeleng Nyaka holds the megaphone. Like many others at the meeting, Kwele says Ikwezi Vanadium must respond to the community’s queries before continuing with mining activities at Haakdoornfontein farm. Photo: Masego Mafata
Community and mining company clash over vanadium-rich landArticle

Tensions are high between the villagers in Mononono in North West Province and mining company Ikwezi Vanadium after at least seven people were injured, some seriously, in protests since December 2020...

Masego Mafata 28 Jan 2021

Verreaux’s Black Eagle flying high. Author supplied/Megan Murgatroyd
Finding space for both wind farms and eagles in South AfricaArticle

Energy generation around the world is shifting towards renewable sources in response to the climate emergency. The aim is that future energy will be clean, green and sustainable...

Megan Murgatroyd & Arjun Amar 7 Jan 2021

We can shape the climate future we want
We can shape the climate future we wantArticle

South Africa's laws and history of public participation give us the tools we need to fight for an equitable and green country...

Amy Giliam 10 Dec 2020

EAPASA, SACNASP sign MoU to promote syngery, cooperation
EAPASA, SACNASP sign MoU to promote syngery, cooperationArticle

As statutory professional bodies, recognised by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), the Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa (EAPASA) and the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) have committed to working together...

7 Dec 2020

Photo: Martin Adams
Gas-to-power gains momentum on SA energy sceneArticle

Up to now, gas-fired generation projects has been under the radar in filling the country's electricity shortfall...

2 Dec 2020

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Climate change and its impact on mining project planningArticle

Climate change is playing an increasingly important role in the decision making processes of mining projects. Even as early as the pre-feasibility stages, its impact on factors such as water management and social licence needs to be considered.

19 Nov 2020

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

How fracking plans could affect shared water resources in Southern Africa
How fracking plans could affect shared water resources in Southern AfricaArticle

Recently, news reports revealed plans by a Canadian oil and gas company, ReconAfrica, to explore for oil and gas in some of Africa's most sensitive protected areas...

Surina Esterhuyse 19 Oct 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

Communities protest drilling
Organisations object to offshore oil and gas drillingArticle

Environmental organisations have called for a stop to all offshore oil and gas drilling, citing the lack of adequate public participation, and the potentially significant impact of drilling on the environment and local communities...

24 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

#StartupStory: Burying social ills to create a brighter future
#StartupStory: Burying social ills to create a brighter futureArticle

Melun Jeptha noticed two empty plots of land that were being used as dumping grounds and decided to do something about it...

Evan-Lee Courie 27 Jul 2020

Why is Durban splurging R50m on a sea pier extension?
Why is Durban splurging R50m on a sea pier extension?Article

Questions are piling up on why City of Durban officials want to pour R50m of concrete and steel into the sea next to uShaka Marine World...

Tony Carnie 15 Jul 2020

Aurecon designs 'duckbill' spillway while raising Garden Route Dam
Aurecon designs 'duckbill' spillway while raising Garden Route DamArticle

When tasked to raise the Garden Route Dam, the main supply for water-scarce George in the Western Cape, Aurecon devised a novel solution due to unique technical constraints...

12 Jun 2020

How a global ocean treaty could protect biodiversity in the high seas
How a global ocean treaty could protect biodiversity in the high seasArticle

Oceans cover 70% of the Earth's surface. But, because many of us spend most of our lives on land, the 362 million square kilometres of blue out there isn't always top of mind...

Jennifer Silver, Leslie Acton, Lisa Campbell, Noella Gray 5 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

Olive branch offered to property developers in Western Cape
Olive branch offered to property developers in Western CapeArticle

National Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza, has extended an olive branch to property developers in the Western Cape...

13 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

Image source: Getty/Gallo
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

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

Huge West Coast wind project generates strongly opposing views
Huge West Coast wind project generates strongly opposing viewsArticle

The government is due to announce its decision on a massive new wind energy project on the West Coast within the next two weeks...

John Yeld 18 Dec 2019

Demonising African oil & gas is not constructive for energy transition
Demonising African oil & gas is not constructive for energy transitionArticle

In a 2014 article written for the Guardian newspaper this week,Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu argued for an Apartheid-style boycott on coal, oil and gas companies as a solution to fight climate change and help ensure global environmental sustainability goals...

NJ Ayuk 18 Nov 2019

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

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Coega welcomes NMB's airport relocation plans to free up land for human settlementsArticle

This development will deliver on the objectives of the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ) programme by way of expanding the SEZ's strategic industrialisation focus to cover diverse regional development needs...

30 Aug 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

SA cement producers apply for safeguards as imports undercut local industry
SA cement producers apply for safeguards as imports undercut local industryArticle

The Concrete Institute (TCI) has applied to the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) of South Africa to investigate the surge in imports of cement at low prices...

15 Aug 2019

Innovative support towards a brighter future in agriculture
Innovative support towards a brighter future in agricultureArticle

"Agriculture is facing several challenges both locally and internationally, which include a reduction in the number of farmers, a decrease in the size of land that is suitable for agricultural production and finding innovative ways to combat the effects of climate change..."

6 Aug 2019

The coal plant would be about 20km from Lamu town - a Unesco world heritage site. Shutterstock/Jen Watson
Court stops construction of Kenya's coal power plant. Here's whyArticle

Kenyan judges have stopped plans to construct the country's first ever coal-powered plant near the coastal town of Lamu, a Unesco World Heritage Site...

Moina Spooner 1 Jul 2019

The Cape's plants are dying out - and local authorities need citizens' help
The Cape's plants are dying out - and local authorities need citizens' helpArticle

Almost 40 plant species have gone extinct in the Western Cape since 1900, making it one of the hot spots for plant extinction on the planet...

Sarah Wild 20 Jun 2019

Time for SA to focus on adapting to climate change impacts
Time for SA to focus on adapting to climate change impactsArticle

Largely fousing on reducing its carbon emissions to mitigate climate change, there is a more urgent need in South Africa to now adapt to the climate change impacts that are already taking place...

13 Jun 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

The impact of mining on agricultural land
The impact of mining on agricultural landArticle

Mining technology has changed to such an extent that fewer workers are needed, and food security can be compromised with mines encroaching on agricultural land...

11 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

SA makes its mark in fisheries economy
SA makes its mark in fisheries economyArticle

South Africa is no longer a spectator country in the business of the ocean and fisheries economy, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana said on Tuesday, 9 April 2019.

10 Apr 2019

Dutch vessel, Willem van Oranje, harvests sand off Kenya’s coast. CORDIO
Why Kenya must take control of sand harvesting off its coastArticle

Kenyans have taken to social media to protest against what they claim is illegal sand harvesting off Diani beach, one of the country's most popular coastal areas. The Conversation Africa's Moina Spooner spoke to David Obura about why this is an issue.

David Obura 26 Mar 2019

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

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...

John Yeld 6 Feb 2019

UFS tea farming project gets financial boost
UFS tea farming project gets financial boostArticle

Two South African government departments have granted the University of the Free State's Department of Pharmacology a combined amount of R15m for the establishment of four tea farms in disadvantaged communities in the North West and Eastern Cape...

25 Jan 2019

Environmental internships up for grabs
Environmental internships up for grabsArticle

The Department of Environmental Affairs is inviting young South African graduates aged between 18 and 35 years, who have a keen interest in environmental careers, to apply for a two-year internship programme that will run between 2019 and 2021...

6 Dec 2018

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

Environmental practitioners go online
Environmental practitioners go onlineArticle

The environmental impact assessment (EIA) process is a crucial mechanism used to regulate the impact of development activities...

28 Nov 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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