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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.

Municipality claims landfill site case is flawed

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.

Government's nuclear energy plans raise alarm

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.

Cape Town heads to court over baboon matter

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.

Minister upholds appeal against West Coast wind farm

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 ordered to repair polluting Kendal units

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.

Mushroom farmer ordered to stop making compost

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.

Beach house owners issued with warning notices

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.

Court date for Cape desalination dispute pending

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.

Aurora directors finally to get their day in court

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.

Philippi development judgment reserved

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.

Philippi land battle begins today

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.

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