Antarctic sea ice has been disappearing over the last several summers. Now, climate scientists are wondering whether it will ever come back.

Deception Island, Antarctica. A small boat glides around patches of sea ice in the water off Deception Island in Antarctica. Sea ice in the region grows from a minimum in summer to a maximum in winter, but in the last several years, the sea ice extent has been shrinking in summer. (Image credit: karenfoleyphotography / [...]

2024-04-28T16:56:39+02:00April 28th, 2024|

Labour Court rules in favour of woman who was fired for smoking ‘a joint’ after work – orders Barloworld to back pay R1 million

A Gauteng woman who was fired for smoking cannabis after work for medical reasons took her fight to the Labour Appeal Court of South Africa and emerged victorious. Bernadette Enever filed an appeal against Barloworld South Africa’s decision to dismiss her on April 20, 2020, for going against their zero-approach policy to drugs and alcohol. [...]

2024-04-28T16:46:48+02:00April 28th, 2024|

Eastern Cape municipality given suspended fine of R1m and forced to relocate mismanaged landfill site

The Walter Sisulu Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape was fined R1-million, suspended for five years, by the Aliwal North Magistrates’ Court last month for non-compliance at the Aliwal North landfill site adjacent to an informal settlement. The municipality was also ordered to implement the compliance notice served to it by the provincial Department of [...]

2021-10-14T11:06:49+02:00October 14th, 2021|

Lindiwe Sisulu aims to clean house

In a spirited effort to rein in fraud and corruption amounting to billions of rands in her department, Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has embarked on a major clean-up campaign that could see some senior managers fired or even prosecuted. But City Press has reliably learnt from investigators that Sisulu’s efforts to [...]

2021-07-13T11:28:36+02:00July 13th, 2021|

Mines turn to solar power because of Eskom’s unreliable electricity supply

Mining companies are opting for renewable energy because of Eskom’s unreliable supply of electricity. Gold Fields’ South Deep operations was the first to apply for a ministerial deviation to generate 40 megawatts (MW) of solar power at the Westonaria mine in 2017. The mine said it was working to move more operations to daylight hours [...]

2021-06-30T12:46:32+02:00June 30th, 2021|

Legal experts worldwide draw up ‘historic’ definition of ecocide

Legal experts from across the globe have drawn up a “historic” definition of ecocide, intended to be adopted by the international criminal court to prosecute the most egregious offences against the environment. The draft law, unveiled on Tuesday, defines ecocide as “unlawful or wanton acts committed with knowledge that there is a substantial likelihood of [...]

2021-06-30T12:34:43+02:00June 30th, 2021|

The Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Bill

The Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Bill aims to extensively amend the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Please note, it is NOT an actual amendment, but merely proposes changes to the Act. Strangely enough the Bill does not call for comments as it only states that it was published for information. It is suspected that [...]

2021-05-20T17:41:11+02:00May 20th, 2021|

Waste Act – DRAFT amendment – Extended Producer Responsibility Regulations and various Sector Notices

Dear Clients, DRAFT amendments were published for public comment to the following laws under the Waste Act: Regulations regarding Extended Producer Responsibility (GN R 1184 of 2020), and Notices in respect of the: Extended Producer Responsibility Scheme for the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Sector (GN R 1185 of 2020) Lighting Sector (GN R 1186 of [...]

2021-03-25T11:14:13+02:00March 25th, 2021|
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