Legal Articles and Guides
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.
The provincial government will not allow the Magwa and Majola Tea estates to be liquidated, says acting head of the Rural Development & Agrarian Reform Department Zoleka Makina. Makina said the government had sunk R116m into the business rescue process of the two projects in the past three years and had no intention of throwing in the towel now, notes a Daily Dispatch report.
For more than a decade Free State dairy farmer Petrus Willem Terblanche battled the Minister of Water & Environmental Affairs in a test case that continued even after his death. But now, two years after his death, he has lost.
In another blow for Kuils River residents who have been complaining about pollution from steel company Cisco, Mayor Dan Plato told them that he is referring their concerns to the national government. A report on the IoL site notes that Earl Polman, chairperson of Vredelust Ratepayers’ Association, said the City of Cape Town believed it had exhausted all options.
The controversial decision to grant environmental authorisation for the Watson family's massive wind farm project on the summit of the Groot Winterhoek mountains near Uitenhage has been overturned, at least temporarily.
In a case described by Judge Brian Spilg, of the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg), as ‘straightforward’ but nevertheless believed to be SA’s first successful private prosecution of environmental crime, BP Southern Africa has been found guilty of failing to fulfil its duty to protect the environment by building or upgrading a number of petrol stations without relevant authorisation.
A prominent Cape Winelands farmer has one week left to destroy two ‘illegal’ vineyards, or risk the ignominy of watching the sheriff of the court doing it for him, says a Times Select report.
City of Cape Town mayoral committee member for energy and climate change, Phindile Maxiti, says the city will petition the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) to allow not only Cape Town, but other municipalities to be able to purchase energy from independent power producers (IPPs).
Sasol has denied claims by a whistle-blower that the petrochemical giant is to blame for the intentional pollution of the Vaal River, reports News24. The whistle-blower, also an official at the company, submitted that vanadium and potassium carbonate were among some of the dangerous chemicals Sasol continued to spill into the river.
The SANDF is unable to continue its clean-up work of the Sebokeng wastewater treatment plant and sources of sewage pollution in the Vaal River until R873m has been released by the Treasury, according to environmental non-profit organisation Save the Vaal Environment (SAVE).
Business owners, environmental activists, farmers and rural dwellers have resoundingly rejected a proposal to explore for oil and gas in the Drakensberg, fearing it could lead to environmentally hazardous fracking activity across swathes of prime land in KZN and the Free State, says a report in The Mercury.
Tensions between the Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) and Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe escalated again yesterday after Mantashe announced he would be making a third attempt to visit the volatile Xolobeni community in the Eastern Cape next week, according to a report in The Citizen.
The owner of an illegally constructed R3m west coast beach house has been fined R175 000 by the provincial environmental authority – and may still be ordered to demolish it completely and rehabilitate the site. A BusinessLIVE report notes the fine has to be paid before the Western Cape’s Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning will process the owner's application for condonation of the illegal construction.
Directors of the Australian-owned Mintails could face charges after a parliamentary investigation found that the company is R460m short on the money it owes to clean up the environment at its mining operations near Krugersdorp, says a Business Day report. Sparked by an Oxpeckers investigation into Mintails’ failing 1 715ha gold surface re-treatment operation, Parliament’s Committee on Mineral Resources launched its own inquiry, uncovering illegal activities and lax oversight by the company and the Department of Mineral Resources.
Environmental justice activists, including the Global Environmental Trust, have failed in a bid to close down an anthracite mine next to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi nature reserve in northern KZN. According to a TimesLIVE report, KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) Judge Rishi Seegobin ruled that the company, Tendele Coal Mining, was acting lawfully and that the applicants had simply failed to make any case for an interdict shutting down the mine.