Please find below the following legislation updates applicable to the environmental field:
Notices and comments:
- National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998 – GNs 960 & 961 in GG 42561 of 5 July 2019 – Notice of the requirement to submit a report generated by the national web based environmental screening tool,
- National Water Act 36 of 1998 – Gen Notice 383 in GG 42576 of 12 July 2019 – Authorisation of the continued application of the general authorisation published in GN 665 in GG 36820 of 6 September 2013, until the new general authorisation for waste related activities is gazetted,
- Natural Scientific Professions Act 27 of 2003 – South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) – BN 111 in GG 42576 of 12 July 2019 – Recommended consultation fees, and,
- Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning – PN 76 in PG 8121 of 5 July 2019 – Draft Western Cape Biodiversity Bill, 2019 – extension of commenting period.
- “Orcas loaded onto trucks as Russia releases more from ‘whale jail’” News24 12 July 2019.
Climate change and energy:
- Carrington D “Tree planting ‘has mind-blowing potential’ to tackle climate crisis” The Guardian 4 July 2019,
- Laville S “Governments and firms in 28 countries sued over climate crisis – report” The Guardian 4 July 2019,
- Peter Newell & Andrew Simms “Towards a fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty” 2019 Climate Policy DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2019.1636759,
- The Independent: Weston P “Turtles born at key breeding ground will all be turned female by climate change, study predicts ‘What surprised us was how even the low emissions scenario has detrimental effects for this population’” 11 July 2019,
- Science: Service RF “Giant batteries and cheap solar power are shoving fossil fuels off the grid” 11 July 2019,
- Smith C “Mantashe: SA will get nuclear at a cost it can afford” fin24 11 July 2019, and,
- “Nation needs to work together against climate change – Creecy” News24 11 July 2019.
Waste, Water and Chemicals:
- The Conversation: Ryan P “Plastic poses a major environmental threat: but is it being over-stated?” 11 July 2019.
- Mabuza E “Exploration for petroleum by fracking cannot go ahead, SCA rules” Timeslive 4 July 2019, and,
- Mathe T “Gwede keeps options open despite anti-fracking ruling’ Mail & Guardian 12 July 2010 [subscription/newspaper needed to read].
- Allison S “Running in the world’s most polluted city” The Guardian 2 July 2019.
Summary of interesting court cases:
- The Water and Sanitation Department is taking legal action against the Inxuba Yethemba municipality in the Eastern Cape for allegedly polluting the Great Fish River. According to a Daily Dispatch report, the department said the waste water treatment works in Cradock is non-functional ‘and all that is done is adding some chlorination to the effluent’. ‘Some settling of solids occurs in the tanks‚ but this 10 results in an untreated overflow to the Great Fish River,’ it said. It first issued a directive to the Chris Hani district municipality in October 2016 to apply for authorisation for the waste water treatment works and to stop pollution from occurring and to rehabilitate the affected area. ‘The district municipality submitted an action plan which was not approved as it did not adhere to the requirements of the directive. Two more notices were issued in mid-2018 to submit an action plan with immediate actions to address the status of the non-compliance with the WWTW. No response was received‚’ said the department. The department referred the matter to its compliance‚ monitoring and enforcement (CME) unit for an application for a court interdict. ‘The CME is awaiting outstanding reports to secure a successful application from the Eastern Cape office,’ he said.