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First conviction in alleged Groenewald rhino mafia case

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 15 November 2018
Tags: #Criminal Law #Environmental Law
A Limpopo man who faces a string of criminal charges together with alleged rhino horn kingpin Dawie Groenewald, has been fined R100 000 in a separate matter. Nardus Rossouw, a professional hunter who was charged along with Groenewald's Musina Mafia in 2010, appeared in the Mokopane Regional Court after spending the past year in police custody for illegally trafficking rhino horns without permits.

Ministry orders firm to close landfill site

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Tags: #Environmental Law
Landfill company Interwaste has been ordered to close its FG landfill site near the Midstream Estate in Gauteng within 10 days and to rehabilitate the area, Beeld reports. The Ministry of Environmental Affairs issued this directive after the JSE listed company challenged a similar directive from the Green Scorpions on 10 February.

China backtracks on lifting ban on bones trade

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Tags: #Environmental Law
China appeared to backtrack on a controversial decision to lift a ban on trading tiger bones and rhinoceros horns, saying it has been postponed, state media has reported. The State Council, China's cabinet, unexpectedly announced last month that it would allow the sale of rhino and tiger products under 'special circumstances', a move conservationists likened to signing a death warrant for the endangered species.

ConCourt evictions ruling setback for chiefs' powers

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 26 October 2018
Tags: #Environmental Law #Litigation
The Constitutional Court ruled yesterday that a platinum miner that has a deal with a tribal chief could not evict a group of black farmers, in a decision a Polity report suggests could curtail the power of traditional leaders. At issue was a deal agreed with the council of the Bakgatla tribe to allow Pilanesberg Platinum Mines (PPM), a unit of unlisted Sedibelo Platinum Mines, to evict farmers to expand its open-pit mine.

Centre threatens legal action over more coal power

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 17 October 2018
Tags: #Environmental Law #Litigation
The Centre for Environmental Rights has told MPs that the government should drop its plan to commission new coal power from independent power producers (IPPs) or face legal action, says a Business Day report. Two years ago the government called for bids for 1 000MW of coal power by IPPs and selected two consortiums to build the stations.

Farmers challenge government over water rights

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 16 October 2018
Tags: #Environmental Law #Litigation
West Coast farmers launched an urgent application in the Western Cape High Court yesterday concerning water rights, which may have far-reaching consequences for agriculture, reports News24. At the heart of the case is whether it is lawful for irrigation boards to approve the transfer of water rights from one farm to another in a board's area of jurisdiction. Irrigation boards have been doing this for years with the knowledge of the Department of Water and Sanitation, functioning as 'water management institutions' in terms of the National Water Act.

Urgent interdict sought to halt sale of lion bones

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 08 October 2018
Tags: #Environmental Law #Litigation
The National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) has applied for an urgent interdict in an attempt to stop the government from facilitating selling lion bones used in fake tiger bone wine and other questionable purposes, according to a Daily Maverick report, which notes the lion bone trade is the ugly side of the already discredited canned lion hunting industry.

Department's lobster quota ruled 'irrational'

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 27 September 2018
Tags: #Environmental Law #Litigation
The Western Cape High Court has set aside the government’s lobster quota for 2017-18, ruling it irrational and unlawful, Die Burger reports. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) took on the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries about the decision to allow 1 924 tons of lobster to be caught on the West Coast.

Mining company argues beaches damage 'acceptable'

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Tags: #Environmental Law
Consultants employed by Australian company Mineral Sands Resources have acknowledged that the massive expansion of mining for mineral sands on 10 West Coast beaches will cause unavoidable environmental damage, but claim that the damage can be reduced to 'acceptable' levels.

Abalone poaching mastermind gets 20 years in jail

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 20 September 2018
Tags: #Criminal Law #Environmental Law
The mastermind in a multi-million rand perlemoen enterprise Morne Blignaut was sentenced to an effective 20 years behind bars in the Eastern Cape High Court (Port Elizabeth) yesterday. IoL reports that Blignaut pleaded guilty and was convicted on two charges of racketeering and a charge of contravening the Marine Living Resources Act.

Residents fight elite R1.5bn Camps Bay development

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 05 September 2018
Tags: #Environmental Law #Litigation #Property Law
A R1.5bn plan by the City of Cape Town to develop Maiden's Cove, a scenic headland and beach in Camps Bay, is facing a court challenge from city residents. The development of the cove area, devised in 2015, includes plans for 52 residential homes, a boutique hotel, retail and restaurant spaces, and a parking garage for 700 vehicles.

Abalone racketeering case transferred to High Court

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 30 August 2018
Tags: #Criminal Law #Environmental Law
The case involving 19 men and women charged with corruption and racketeering in an alleged abalone syndicate will be transferred to the Western Cape High Court, the Cape Town Regional Court heard this week. A News24 report notes that the 19 suspects, nine of whom are marine inspectors from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, were arrested in March.

LRC takes on fight for clean water

Residents of the Mmangweni rural village in the Eastern Cape, with the help of the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), have filed an application in the Eastern Cape High Court (Mthatha) seeking an order requiring the municipality to urgently deliver clean water to the community.

Advocate to keep eye on seal pup abuse case

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 15 June 2018
Tags: #Criminal Law #Environmental Law
An advocate with years of experience in environmental matters has thrown her hat into the ring to ensure the successful prosecution of two men who filmed themselves stabbing and beating a seal pup, says a HeraldLIVE report. Advocate and former specialist environmental prosecutor Yvette Isaacs said she would be performing a watching brief role in the case to ensure the prosecution of the men.

Ramaphosa asked to make water top priority

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 11 May 2018
Tags: #Environmental Law
Greenpeace Africa has launched a petition calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa to put water at the centre of all government decision-making, after it emerged that the Department Water and Sanitation had run up R6.4bn in irregular expenditure.

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