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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Msunduzi Municipality has hit back at the Human Rights Commission (HRC) for bringing a ‘flawed’ High Court case against it over the state of the city’s New England landfill site.
Environmental activists have warned that the government’s move to build additional nuclear electricity generation capacity is ‘bad for democracy’, will jeopardise citizens’ health, and create a burden of nuclear waste for future generations.
The City of Cape Town has announced that it will be opposing a court application to have its decision to relocate Kommetjie baboon Kataza set aside.
It is back to the drawing board for a giant new wind farm project on the West Coast, following an appeal decision by Environment Minister Barbara Creecy.
Eskom has been instructed to shut and repair two polluting units at its Kendal power station after years of chronic non-compliance with emissions limits.
Three Western Cape High Court judges have told mushroom farmer Johannes Jacobs he can no longer make his own compost at his De Doorns farm, after a decade of complaints from his neighbours about sinus attacks and nausea because of the smell.
Western Cape environmental authorities have issued warning notices to five Elands Bay beach property owners for allegedly illegally building houses and other structures within the protected coastal zone in contravention of the National Environmental Management Act.
A court date has yet to be set in the legal fight between the City and a desalination plant managing company, Quality Filtration Services (QFS). According to a report on the IoL site, the company is hauling the City to court over a contractual dispute.
The oft-delayed trial of three former Aurora Empowerment Systems directors accused of polluting a key water source, will kick off with a pre-trial hearing on 25 February 2020 in the Springs Regional Court, reports Fin24.
The Western Cape High Court has reserved judgment on whether the authorities followed the correct procedures when moving Cape Town's ‘urban edge’ to allow development in Philippi, where urban farming takes place, notes a News24 report.
The legal battle over the Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA) starts today in the Western Cape High Court. A Cape Argus report notes the PHA Food and Farming Campaign will be arguing for the preservation of a key piece of agricultural land in the city’s jurisdiction that is under threat from proposed developments.
AgriSA and Moolman & Pienaar Attorneys – acting for farmers in some of the major exploration applications – have welcomed a victory in the anti-fracking fight after a US-linked petroleum firm withdrew its application to explore for oil and gas on KZN farms.
The SCA ruled yesterday that the Minister of Mineral Resources did not have the power to make regulations for petroleum exploration and production, effectively halting the exploration of shale gas through the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking).
The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) is considering legal action to compel the government to hold water-polluting coal miners in Mpumalanga to account.