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Order halts repair work at heritage site

The replacement of the historic Salt River hall’s asbestos roof has come to a halt following Heritage Western Cape issuing a stop works order due to the necessary heritage approval not being in place, reports GroundUp.

Eskom tariff application shock for solar users

Eskom is to apply to the energy regulator, Nersa, for an overhaul of its electricity tariff structure that could have a massive impact on users that rely on solar power.

SCA hears over R1bn spent on Wild Coast project

British oil major Shell and its SA partner, Impact Oil and Gas, have told the SCA that just more than R1bn was already invested in their hunt for oil and gas off the Wild Coast, which was annulled by the Eastern Cape High Court (Makhanda) in 2022 after a challenge by environmental groups.

Ruling favours roads over toads

The Western Cape High Court has dismissed an attempt by Noordhoek environmentalists to set aside approval for a road link in an area where the endangered Western Leopard Toad breeds, reports GroundUp.

WC desalination plant dispute heads to arbitration

The dispute over the tender drafted by the City of Cape Town for a desalination plant at the V&A Waterfront will head to arbitration next year.

Harmony guilty of wastewater pollution

Harmony Gold has been found guilty of illegally discharging wastewater into the Voëlpan Dam in the Free State since 2019.

SPCA seizes Hout Bay seals

The SPCA obtained an order from the Wynberg Magistrate's Court allowing it to seize five seals which were being abused and exploited in the Hout Bay harbour.

Cape Winelands Airport seeks approval

The proposed redevelopment and expansion of the Cape Winelands Airport estimated to cost about R7bn has entered the next phase, with an application to the Department of Environmental Affairs & Development Planning for environmental approvals.

Dam disaster class action lawsuit ‘imminent’

Richard Spoor, whose public interest law firm, Richard Spoor Inc Attorneys, is representing families affected by last year’s Jagersfontein disaster, said he hoped to file its application for a class action suit against Jagersfontein Developments, which owns the diamond tailings reprocessing facility, within the next few weeks.

Karpowership loses interdict battle

Powergroup SA, the local empowerment partner of Karadeniz Holdings, majority shareholder in Karpowership SA, has failed in its bid to get a court interdict stopping the company taking back the shares held in a floating power plant.

Cape Town begins sea sewage hearings

The City of Cape Town has started public hearings on three marine outfalls which pump about nine million litres of sewage out to sea every day, reports GroundUp.

Municipalities count the cost of crippling load shedding

SA’s municipalities incurred about R1.1bn in overtime payments and spent R1.6bn to fix infrastructure damaged or stolen during load shedding.

Karpowership donates farm to wildlife authority

Karpowership has agreed to buy and donate a game farm to a provincial wildlife authority in a bid to ease environmental approval for one of the three gas-fired power plants it wants to erect in SA.

Business rejects possible Eskom clawback

Organisations representing SA’s largest industries are pushing back against a revenue clawback Eskom is asking Nersa to approve for the 2021/ 22 financial year.

Gauteng Health owes R421m for electricity

The Gauteng Department of Health & Wellness owes councils R421m for electricity, with R387.5m owed to Johannesburg alone, reports City Press.

Karpowership partners launch court application

Karpowership’s local empowerment partners have hauled the Turkish company to court to prevent being kicked out of the deal amid claims they were offered millions to sell their shares to a mystery partner who turned out to be businesswoman Anna Mokgokong.

Koeberg overhaul completed

Eskom says that the main mechanical work on replacing the steam generators at Koeberg's Unit 1 has been completed and it will return to service on 3 November.

Eskom and French contractor ‘at war’

Eskom and its French contractor Framatome are ‘engaged in a war with one other’.

Agent seeks cut of R7.2m cycad deal

Two giant cycads are at the centre of a dispute over their recent sale and relocation to a top Western Cape wine estate.

Johannesburg ordered to restore power to company

A steel maker urgently sought the reconnection of electricity supply from the City of Johannesburg, after the city ‘ignored’ claims of excessive charges.

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