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Philippi development judgment reserved

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 17 October 2019
Tags: #Environmental Law #Litigation
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

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 15 October 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Environmental Law #Litigation #Property Law
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.

Petroleum firm withdraws KZN fracking bid

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 07 August 2019
Tags: #Environmental Law #Litigation
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.

SCA ruling puts temporary halt to fracking

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 05 July 2019
Tags: #Environmental Law #Litigation
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).

Action threatened against coal mines water pollution

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 04 July 2019
Tags: #Environmental Law #Litigation
The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) is considering legal action to compel the government to hold water-polluting coal miners in Mpumalanga to account.

Bank under pressure to quit hydropower project

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 21 June 2019
Tags: #Environmental Law
The African Development Bank (AfDB) is under pressure from environmental lobby groups to withdraw support for the Grand Inga hydropower project in the Democratic Republic of Congo, says a Business Day report.

Farmer fined R3.5m for breaking water laws

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 19 June 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law #Environmental Law
The owner of Tierhoek Boerdery in Clanwilliam has been slapped with a R3.5m fine for unlawful water activities. A Cape Times report says the farmer was found guilty in the Clanwilliam Regional Court of 11 criminal charges – six related to water, and five to environmental transgressions.

BP guilty of environmental breaches

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 18 June 2019
Tags: #Environmental Law #Litigation
BP South Africa, convicted of environmental crimes in a private prosecution, and the Uzani Environmental Advocacy have been instructed by the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) to make representations regarding sentencing in the matter by 1 November.

Desalination firm takes Cape Town to court

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 14 June 2019
Tags: #Environmental Law #Litigation
The company behind the V&A Waterfront desalination plant has started legal proceedings against the City of Cape Town, following months of negotiations over contractual disputes, says a News24 report.

Activists launch landmark Highveld pollution case

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 11 June 2019
Tags: #Environmental Law #Litigation
In a landmark case, environmental activists have launched legal action against the government over its alleged poor progress in cleaning up air pollution in the Mpumalanga highveld. GroundWork and the Vukani Environmental Justice Movement in Action, represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), are demanding that the government clean up the air in the highly-polluted area, notes BusinessLIVE.

Greens concerned SCA has opened door to fracking

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 03 June 2019
Tags: #Environmental Law
Environmental activists are concerned that an SCA judgment on Friday may pave the way for fracking across 5 500 farms, a vast tract of nearly two million hectares of arable land in northern KZN. According to a Sunday Times report, the court overturned a Western Cape High Court ruling that interdicted Texas-based Rhino Oil and Gas from moving ahead with aerial exploration on thousands of farms.

Future of Inyanda wind farm hangs in the balance

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 29 May 2019
Tags: #Environmental Law
Talks this week between the national environmental authorities and the well-known Watson family of the Eastern Cape could prove crucial as to whether, and how, the family’s contentious Inyanda-Roodeplaat wind farm project is developed.

Carbon tax to be phased in

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 28 May 2019
Tags: #Environmental Law
The Carbon Tax Act, which comes into effect on 1 June, will give effect to the polluter-pays principle, says a Cape Times report.

Water pollution case against Aurora directors next week

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 24 May 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law #Environmental Law
The prosecution of Aurora directors is expected to get under way at the Springs Magistrate's Court on Tuesday ‘for environmental and water transgressions at the failed Grootvlei mine near Springs in the Upper Vaal Management Area’, says the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa).

Cape Town gets court date for IPPs hearing

The City of Cape Town has welcomed the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) setting a date to hear its petition to buy electricity directly from independent power producers (IPPs). The city wants the Energy Minister and the National Energy Regulator (Nersa) to allow it to purchase power from IPPs.

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