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Ramaphosa accused of trophy-hunting operation

Anyone involved in trophy hunting has some level of moral disconnect, so the fact that President Cyril Ramaphosa was allegedly involved in other crimes is not surprising.

Much to do to prepare for new weather patterns

KZN MEC Sipho Hlomuka revealed this month that the damage to the province’s infrastructure due to the recent floods stood at more than R25bn.

Criminal probe into ‘catastrophic’ mine drainage

On 14 February, a concrete seal at the south shaft of the old Kromdraai coal mine failed, decanting millions of litres of toxic acid mine drainage into the Bronkhorstspruit river system.

Controversial mining licence set aside

The award of a controversial licence to Tendele Coal Mining to extend the activities of its Somkhele mine in the Mtubatuba district of KZN has been set aside, reports GroundUp.

Premier lashed for inaction over rhino poaching report

Conservationists have lashed out at KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala for not releasing a rhino task team investigation report for two years, according to the Mail & Guardian.

Landmark Highveld pollution win for activists

Civil society watchdog groups have scored a resounding legal victory that will put significant new pressure on the government to force Eskom and major industries on the Highveld to reduce air pollution levels in one of the world’s most polluted living spaces, according to environmental writer Tony Carnie in a Daily Maverick report.

Green Scorpions act against wetland developer

Gauteng’s Green Scorpions have clamped down on a leading property developer for its construction of a luxury clubhouse and pool in a demarcated wetland in Fourways, reports the Mail & Guardian.

Cost of raising Clanwilliam Dam wall doubles

Another delay in the expected completion date to raise the existing 43m wall of the Clanwilliam Dam on the Olifants River by 13m has seen the estimated cost of the project nearly double since it was first announced in 2013.

Battle to stop Wild Coast seismic survey not over

Even though four environmental and human rights organisations lost their urgent court bid to block Shell from proceeding with its seismic survey off the coast of the Eastern Cape, the battle continues as a separate urgent application was filed last week – this time by coastal and fishing communities.

Urgent interdict sought to halt seismic testing

Four environmental and human rights organisations – supported by environmental law firm, Cullinan & Associates – have filed an urgent interim interdict against Shell in the Eastern Cape High Court (Makhanda) to prevent the fossil fuel company from commencing seismic testing along the ecologically diverse and sensitive marine environment of the Wild Coast.

Climate deal proposal to save SA billions

The Treasury could save billions on SA’s interest bill and create the fiscal space to solve Eskom’s debt problem if it brokers a climate finance deal with international funders in exchange for an accelerated retirement of coal-powered power stations, says a new briefing note by think-tank Meridian Economics.

Chang detained pending review of extradition decision

Mozambique’s ex-Finance Minister Manuel Chang will have to spend at least a few more weeks in a South African prison. On Friday, the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) effectively interdicted Justice Minister Ronald Lamola from sending Chang home until the court had reviewed Lamola’s decision to extradite him to Mozambique.

Lindiwe Sisulu intervened in Cape's Amazon project

A Cape Town civic organisation says former Minister of Water & Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu has ‘usurped’ the powers of the water tribunal by uplifting the suspension of a water use licence issued to the developers of the multibillion-rand redevelopment of the River Club in Observatory, Cape Town.

Eskom tender unlawful, but kept in operation

The Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) yesterday declared that Eskom's award of a tender to Senta Square to perform control and instrumentation maintenance at Camden Power Station in Mpumalanga between 1 March 2019 and 28 February 2022 was unlawful.

Private generators' power threshold increased

Private energy generators have been given free rein to develop their own power to ‘reduce the burden’ on an ailing Eskom, which has subjected the country to debilitating rolling blackouts for more than a decade.

Absa cautious on Karpowership funding

SA’s fourth largest bank by assets, Absa, says it will tread cautiously in evaluating any proposals to fund Turkish company Karpowership, which was recently awarded the lion’s share of the emergency power procurement contract – because of the allegations of irregularities surrounding the tender.

Matroosberg route becomes legal brawl

A fight over a remote 4x4 track in the Western Cape mountains has escalated into a legal brawl involving lawyers, environmental groups and government investigators.

R34m suit over alleged oyster bed pollution

Algoa Bay oyster farmer Zwembesi Farms is suing the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality for R34m for loss of income after its oysters were polluted by sewage that, the company alleges, was negligently discharged by the metro, says a report in The Herald.

'Disappointment' as Mantashe lists winning IPPs

Minister of Mineral Resources & Energy Gwede Mantashe has announced the winning bidders (listed in the report online) for emergency power procurement that may generate about R45bn in private sector investment and ease the chronic power shortages.

Government urged to act on Vaal River pollution

The SA Human Rights Commission has given various government stakeholders 60 days to respond after it ruled that the continued flow of raw sewage into the Vaal River, as well as homes and public areas in the Emfuleni local municipality, was a violation of human rights, reports News24.

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