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|

China pledges to become carbon neutral by 2060

China, the world's worst polluter, has pledged to become carbon neutral before 2060 in a move that could prove to be a major step forward for the global climate fight. The country also said it would scale up its efforts under the global Paris Agreement on climate change, with an aim to have its carbon [...]

2020-09-28T11:59:48+02:00September 28th, 2020|

World has six months to avert climate crisis, says energy expert

International Energy Agency chief warns of need to prevent post-lockdown surge in emissions The world has only six months in which to change the course of the climate crisis and prevent a post-lockdown rebound in greenhouse gas emissions that would overwhelm efforts to stave off climate catastrophe, one of the world’s foremost energy experts has [...]

2020-06-24T09:52:49+02:00June 24th, 2020|

Microplastics found for the first time in Antarctica’s food chain

Microplastics have reached one of the world's most remote food systems, a new study has found. The findings raise concerns over the future of Antarctica's fragile ecosystem, which is already threatened by climate change. For the first time, scientists have discovered microplastics inside small organisms living in the soil in Antarctica, according to a new [...]

2020-06-24T09:31:15+02:00June 24th, 2020|
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