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Municipality ordered to fix sewerage system

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Tags: #Environmental Law
The Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) has ordered the Emfuleni Municipality to ensure its sewerage plants are operational and raw sewerage is not pumped into the Vaal River, Beeld reports.

Clean air vs industrial development

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 09 February 2018
Tags: #Environmental Law #Litigation
What is the right balance between economic development and environmental protection? A GroundUp report says in December 2017, the KZN High Court (Durban) heard a case brought by the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance, which challenged the decision of the KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs to grant environmental authorisation for the construction of a logistics and distribution park in the South Durban Industrial Basin.

NGO takes 'big stink' battle to High Court

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 09 February 2018
Tags: #Civil Rights #Environmental Law #Litigation
The row over the ‘rotten egg, big stink’ – said to come from a landfill site adjoining the Durban suburbs of Hillcrest and Shongweni – has intensified, with a fresh legal challenge seeking to compel the relevant Ministers and departments to take action against the site’s owners, waste management company EnviroServ.

Silicosis lawyers seek review of compensation laws

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 23 November 2017
Tags: #Environmental Law #Litigation #Personal Injury Law
Lawyers acting for thousands of miners suffering from silicosis and TB have called on the state to review legislation regulating compensation for those who contract occupational lung diseases on the mines, according to a report in The Star. Richard Spoor, from Richard Spoor Inc, told the Parliament's Mineral Resources Committee that there was an urgent need for the state to reconsider the compensation system.

Private prosecution hangs over BP

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 17 November 2017
Tags: #Environmental Law #Litigation
Oil giant BP has failed to have a private environmental prosecution against it withdrawn and will have to wait until May next year to plead to criminal charges – or to argue that it cannot be prosecuted, says a Mail & Guardian Online report. BP this week told the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) that it had as much right to a fair and swift criminal prosecution as any other accused and – if prosecutors were not ready to proceed – then the charges against it should be withdrawn.

Use of water from Elandsfontein aquifer challenged

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 16 October 2017
Tags: #Environmental Law #Litigation
An environmental organisation is taking the government and Kropz to court in a bid to stop the phosphate mine using water from the ancient Elandsfontein aquifer on the West Coast, according to a GroundUp report. The West Coast Environmental Protection Agency (WCEPA) has filed an urgent interdict in the Western Cape High Court against Kropz Elandsfontein (Pty) Ltd and the Minister and Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation.

“Please Sir, Can i have some more?” The need for more consumer protection when it comes to food safety

By Ashersons Attorneys | Ryan Lin | Published on Friday, 08 September 2017
Tags: #Consumer Protection Law #Environmental Law
Consumer protection, which includes being given access to a safe and dependable supply of food, is a fundamental requirement of any society. In transforming the South African food landscape, there have been gradual improvements to protect consumers, most notable with the advent of the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008. However, we still see unfit food products, especially in respect of mislabelled food products, reaching the store shelves.

Three plead not guilty to poaching rare black oryx

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 24 August 2017
Tags: #Criminal Law #Environmental Law
Three young men appeared in the Barkly West Magistrate’s Court this week for allegedly poaching an extremely rare black oryx, believed to be the only one of its kind in SA and valued at around R8m, on a game farm outside Kimberley last year.

Court gives go-ahead for rhino horn auction

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 21 August 2017
Tags: #Environmental Law #Litigation
The Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) yesterday gave the go-ahead for an online auction of rhino horns that has outraged conservationists, notes a report in The Citizen. SA authorities had moved to ban the three-day auction which they feared would undermine the global ban on rhino trade, refusing to issue a permit. But the High Court ruled in favour of the auction’s South African organiser John Hume, who runs the world’s biggest rhino farm.

Enviroserv bosses charged over landfill ‘stink’

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 18 August 2017
Tags: #Criminal Law #Environmental Law
Enviroserv could be fined millions of rand – and some of its senior officials sentenced to jail terms – should the criminal case against it, in connection with its Shongweni landfill site, succeed. The Mercury reports the case came before Magistrate Stanley Hlophe in the Durban Regional Court yesterday, when State Advocate Yuri Gangai announced that four more accused were being added.

Interdict sought to protect wastewater project

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 08 August 2017
Tags: #Environmental Law #Litigation
Buffalo City Metro councillors want the city to approach the High Court for an interdict to prevent disgruntled residents from closing off the Zwelitsha wastewater treatment works project when they protest. A Daily Dispatch report notes that when protesters close the project, the metro loses millions of rands.

Another Enviroserv official criminally charged

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 07 August 2017
Tags: #Criminal Law #Environmental Law
Coastal operations manager Clive Kidd is the latest Enviroserv official to be criminally charged alongside the company on several allegations of contravening environmental legislation at the Shongweni landfill site, according to a Sunday Tribune report. It notes that in April, the NPA charged waste management giant Enviroserv and its chief executive, Dean Thompson.

Court lifts suspension on hake fishing

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 06 July 2017
Tags: #Environmental Law
The Western Cape High Court yesterday lifted an interdict preventing existing and new entrants from operating in the Hake Inshore Trawl sector, says a Fin24 report. In January, Judge Lee Bozalek made an interim ruling after an application had been submitted by Viking Inshore Fishing, which was unhappy about the new quotas which came into effect since the beginning of 2017.

Eskom backed off R2.1bn fine to help Guptas

After driving Optimum Coal into business rescue last year, thereby endangering almost 2 000 jobs at the mine, Eskom suddenly reached a settlement that gave the Gupta family a 75% discount on the R2.1bn fine it had levied on the company at the time it was owned by global commodities trader Glencore. Business Day says in March this year, Eskom agreed to accept a R500m settlement for the non-performance penalties it had levied on Glencore.

Appeal against farmers fixing roads allowed

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Tags: #Environmental Law #Litigation #Motor Vehicles
The Eastern Cape High Court (Grahamstown) has granted the Eastern Cape Roads and Public Works Department leave to appeal a far-reaching judgment allowing farmers to fix their own damaged dirt roads and then bill the government, says a Daily Dispatch report. In March the court ordered the department to immediately begin implementing plans to repair and maintain its extensive and largely dysfunctional rural road network.

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