Dear Clients and Visitors, Since the lockdown was initially proclaimed, but especially once we moved to Level 4 with its host of new Regulations and Directions and amendments to existing ones, we have received numerous queries to explain certain (new) requirements. From these we realised that several common questions kept on coming up and we [...]

2020-05-10T11:25:03+02:00May 10th, 2020|

Accident in Springs mine leaves on employee dead

An accident at a mine in Springs, Gauteng, has left one man dead. The accident, which took place at Gold 1 Modder East mine on Friday, saw a mine employee crushed in a scaler, according to a fatality notification that News24 has seen. The incident has been confirmed by the Mineral Resources and Energy Department. [...]

2020-04-04T19:18:29+02:00April 4th, 2020|

Kenya has the strictest plastic bag ban in the world: Has it worked?

After a study supported by the National Environmental Management Agency (NEMA) found that more than 50 percent of cattle near urban areas in Kenya were found to have plastic bags in their stomachs, the United Nations called out Kenya for the 100 million plastic bags given out from its supermarkets each year. Additionally, when plastic [...]

2020-01-28T12:25:34+02:00January 28th, 2020|

South Africa has most environmentally dangerous tailing dams

South Africa has the highest number of dangerous tailing dams—structures constructed, often by mining companies, to store waste in liquid form. The dams are considered hazardous if improperly handled and have resulted in environmental disasters and deaths many times around the world. Wider environmental hazards arising out of mining operations in South Africa, and elsewhere [...]

2020-01-20T17:52:30+02:00January 20th, 2020|

Durban Greenest City in the world

Durban just picked up an award as the Greenest City in the world - but when it rains the beaches look like plastic waste dumps Umgeni River Mouth, Durban. Source: Joshua Redman and Cameron Service, The Litterboom Project. eThekwini Municipality walked away with an award as being the Greenest City in the world.  But while [...]

2020-01-15T13:57:27+02:00January 15th, 2020|

Ban air miles and stop frequent flyers to combat climate change, report urges

Ban air miles and stop frequent flyers to combat climate change, report urges Air miles should be banned because they encourage excessive flying, according to a report commissioned by the government’s climate change advisers. Frequent flyers should be hit by an “escalating air miles levy” to put them off flying too much, rather than encouraged [...]

2019-12-08T17:48:10+02:00December 8th, 2019|

New scary reality looms for SA: Water will become expensive

When it comes to water, this is the “new reality” for South Africans: water will become more expensive; everyone, except those without access to piped water, must use less for the same activities; and all the country’s citizens, except the indigent, must pay for water and sanitation services. This is the essence of the National [...]

2019-12-08T17:48:49+02:00December 8th, 2019|

Draft Major Hazard Installation Regulations

DRAFT Major Hazard Installation Regulations were published for comment. The commenting period closes on 15 February 2020. Should they enter into force they will repeal the current Regulations from 2001. Please go on "read more" and click the link to download a copy: Draft Major Hazard Installation Regulations  

2019-11-25T10:36:56+02:00November 25th, 2019|

Eskom needs R187bn to comply with new emission law

South Africa's power utility Eskom needs around R187-billion to comply fully with existing legislation curbing harmful emissions, a government presentation to parliament showed on Wednesday.   Eskom, which uses mainly coal-fired power plants to generate electricity, was one of 37 top domestic polluters, including Sasol, granted a five-year reprieve by government until 2020 to meet [...]

2019-11-21T10:18:14+02:00November 21st, 2019|
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