Please find below the following interesting readings and notices – applicable to the environmental field.

Notices

  1. “Department of Mineral Resources and Energy – Gen Notice 258 in GG 44538 of 5 May 2021 – Draft Artisanal and Small Scale Mining Policy 2021”;
  2. “National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998 – GN 411 in GG 44551 of 7 May 2021 – Procedures to be followed when applying for or deciding on an environmental authorisation for the development or expansion of gas transmission pipeline infrastructure when occurring in strategic gas pipeline corridors”;
  3. “National Environmental Management: Waste Act 59 of 2008 – GN 400 in GG 44539 of 5 May 2021 – Amendments to the Extended Producer Responsibility Regulations, 2020 and notices regarding extended producer responsibility”;
  4. “Petroleum Products Act 120 of 1977 – GN R395 in GG 44528 of 4 May 2021 – Regulations in respect of petroleum products published and GN R315 in GG 44418 of 6 April 2021 substituted with effect from 5 May 2021”; and,
  5. “National Environmental Management: Waste Act 59 of 2008 – GN 444 in GG 44602 of 21 May 2021 – Extension of time period to comment on proposed norms and standards for the treatment of organic waste published for comment in GN 275 in GG 44340 of 29 March 2021”.

Western Cape

  1. “National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998 – PN 41 in PG 8422 of 4 May 2021 – Environmental Management Framework Regulations, 2010: Notice of adoption of the Greater Saldanha Area Environmental Management Framework “; and,
  2. “Western Cape Land Use Planning Act 3 of 2014 – PN 45 in PG 8429 of 11 May 2021 – Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning – Authorisation to deviate from provisions of s. 44 (2) (b) of the Act

For comment

“National Water Act 36 of 1998 – GN 406 in GG 44545 of 7 May 2021 – Draft Regulations for the Use of Water for Exploration and Production of Onshore Naturally Occurring Hydrocarbons that Require Stimulation Including Hydraulic Fracturing and Underground Coal Gasification to Extract and any Activity Incidental Thereto that may Impact Detrimentally on the Water Resource, 2021 – for comment”

Western Cape

“Western Cape Biodiversity Bill [B 2-2021] – PN 44 in PG 8428 of 10 May 2021 – memorandum on the objects of the Bill – for comment”

Interesting reads

Biodiversity

  • Steyn D “Robben Island Museum is ailing and yet R102 million of its infrastructure grant went unspent” GroundUp 7 May 2021
  • gov.za “Extension granted for comment on draft revised National Biodiversity Framework” Department: Foresty, Fisheries & the Environment 17 May 2021
  • BizCommunity: “Protecting SA’s biodiversity – little steps can be made by managing waste better” 24 May 2021
  • SANBI: “Minister Creecy launches alien and invasive species status report” 28 May 2021
  • Conservation: Elandsberg Protected Environment gazetted

“A new declaration will see the formal protection of a 25 000ha area between the towns of Paulpietersburg and Utrecht within the Amajuba and Zululand district municipalities in KZN. According to an Engineering News report, the new Elandsberg Protected Environment, which was gazetted on 13 May, is a significant step in efforts to secure SA’s most significant water source areas. The new protected area lies in the watershed between the Thukela and Phongolo primary catchments, both of which are significant river systems that have a great many downstream users, including major irrigation systems, urban centres and rural users, all of which depend on the sustained flow of clean water. ‘This achievement has contributed to bringing over 65 000ha within a critical water source area under this form of protection, including communally owned land,’ said WWF SA CEO Dr Morné du Plessis. Among the activities that will now be encouraged and sustained through this declaration are sustainable range management practices, such as correct stocking of livestock and appropriate”. Legalbrief. More information by WWF (“The declaration of the Elandsberg Protected Environment in KwaZulu-Natal last week is a significant step in efforts to secure South Africa’s most significant water source areas”) and Engineering News (“Significant KZN area declared a protected environment”)

  • Daily Maverick: “Conservationists call for watertight wetlands management amid claims of Princess Vlei destruction” 19 May 2021

Environmental enforcement

  • Natural Justice: “Ground-breaking litigation sees organisations challenge new power plant in Richards Bay” 6 May 2021
  • gov.za “Request for comments: Phase one (1) of the socio-economic impact assessment system (SEIAS)” Department: Foresty, Fisheries & the Environment 20 May 2021
  • BusinessLive: “New, improved oil and gas bill set to bring certainty — and scrutiny” 23 May 2021
  • Polity: “Renewable Energy Policies for Cities” 19 May 2021
  • Environment.gov.za “Request for comments: Phase one (1) of the socio-economic impact assessment system (SEIAS)” Department: Foresty, Fisheries & the Environment 20 May 2021
  • Environment.gov.za “Extension granted for comment on draft revised National Biodiversity Framework” Department: Foresty, Fisheries & the Environment 17 May 2021

Water, waste, oceans and chemicals

  • “Hazardous chemical agents: new regulations gazetted” Polity 6 May 2021

Mining

  • “Govt just published new draft rules on fracking with 5km exclusion zones for springs and towns” Business Insider 7 May 2021
  • “Wind and solar power need to be adopted more quickly to avoid fossil gas traps” Bizcommunity 5 May 2021
  • Espen J “Compliance requirements for mining becoming more important as Covid-19 continues to shake up industry” Bizcommunity 5 May 2021
  • CER: The long-awaited court hearing of the ‘Deadly Air’ Mpumalanga
  • Environmental: Greens object to fracking water use regulations
  • Daily Maverick: “Killing the Holy Ghost: Inside the unlawful bid for environmental approval of the Musina-Makhado SEZ” 25 May 2021

Workshops

  • IAIA’s 12-week “Foundations of Impact Assessment” online course

Dates: 4 June through 3 September 2021

Registration is open through 4 June or until filled. Limited bursaries are available but typically fill within days.

  • Short Course : Tools for Wetland Assessment: 16 – 27 August 2021

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