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

Policy

  1. “Department of Environment, Forestry and Forestry “South Africa’s Low-Emission Development Strategy 2050” (February 2020)”

Notices

  1. “Circular DEA&DP No 0024/202: EIA and related licensing services and supporting professional services during COVID-19 Lockdown Alert Level 1”;
  2. “National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act 10 of 2004 – GN 1100 in GG 43818 of 16 October 2020 – Extension of commencement dates of:
  3. Alien and Invasive Species Lists, 2020 published in GN 1003 in GG 43726 of 18 September 2020 from 19 October 2020 to 1 March 2021
  4. Alien and Invasive Species Regulations, 2020 published in GN R1020 in GG 43735 of 25 September 2020 from 26 October 2020 to 1 March 2021”;
  5. “National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act 39 of 2004 – Gen Notices 580 in GG 43827 of 22 October 2020 – Clarification of due date for the submission of ‘Subsequent Pollution Prevention Plans’ in terms of the National Pollution Prevention Plans Regulations as published under GN R712 in GG 40996 of 21 July 2017 and proposed process to manage carbon budgets for the period 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2022”;and,
  6. “Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act 16 of 2013 – Gen Notice 577 in GG 43822 of 19 October 2020 – Delineation of Karoo Regional Spatial Development Framework Region”.

Mpumalanga

  1. “National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998 – PN 102 in PG 3195 of 2 October 2020 – Environmental Impact Assessment Process”; and,
  2. “Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act 16 of 2013 – LAN 79 in PG 3195 of 2 October 2020 – Nkomazi Local Municipality – Spatial Planning and Land Use Management By-law”.

Eastern Cape

  1. “National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998 – PN 173 in PG 4460 of 19 October 2020 – Final Eastern Cape Biodiversity Conservation Plan (2019) for implementation”

For comment

  1. “National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998 – GN R1026 in GG 43747 of 30 September 2020 – Draft Regulations to prohibit the production, distribution, import, export, sale and use of persistent organic pollutants – for comment”;
  2. “Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries – GN 1079 in GG 43784 of 9 October 2020 – United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – Draft Biennial Update Report-3 for the Republic of South Africa – for comment”;
  3. “National Water Act 36 of 1998 – GN 1079 in GG 43784 of 9 October 2020 – Proposed amendment of the Breede-Gouritz Water Management Area through extending the boundary and area of operation to include the Berg-Olifant Water Management Area – for comment’;
  4. “Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries – GN 1101 in GG 43819 of 16 October 2020 – United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC): Draft Biennial Update Report-4 for the Republic of South Africa – for comment”;
  5. “National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998 – GN 1088 in GG 43802 of 13 October 2020 – Draft Regulations to domesticate the requirements of the Rotterdam Convention on the prior informed consent procedure for certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides in international trade – for comment”; and,
  6. “National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998 – Gen Notice 575 in GG 43820 of 19 October 2020 – Environmental Management Framework Regulations, 2010, reg. 3 – Draft updated Gauteng Provincial Environmental Management Framework – for comment”.

Mpumalanga

  1. “Local Government: Municipal Systems Act 32 of 2000 and Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act 16 of 2013 – Gen Notice 94 in PG 2368 of 21 September 2020 – Sol Plaatje Local Municipality – Draft Spatial Development Framework (SDF) – for comment”

KwaZulu Natal

  1. “National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act 57 of 2003 – PN 111 in PG 2220 of 14 October 2020 – Intention to declare a nature reserve – Greater Ukuwela Nature Reserve – for comment”;
  2. “National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act 57 of 2003 – PN 112 in PG 2221 of 14 October 2020 – Intention to declare a nature reserve – Umevane Nature Reserve – for comment”; and,
  3. “National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act 57 of 2003 – PN 119 in PG 2222 of 14 October 2020 – Intention to declare a protected environment – Central Umngeni Conservancy Protected Environment – for comment”;
  4. “National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act 57 of 2003 – PN 114 in PG 2223 of 14 October 2020 – Intention to declare a nature reserve: Rood Nature Reserve – for comment”;
  5. “National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act 57 of 2003 – PN 116 in PG 2225 of 14 October 2020 – Intention to declare a nature reserve – Cumberland Nature Reserve – for comment”;
  6. “National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act 57 of 2003 – PN 117 in PG 2226 of 14 October 2020 – Intention to declare a nature reserve – Thule Nature Reserve – for comment”;
  7. “National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act 57 of 2003 – PN 118 in PG 2227 of 14 October 2020 – Intention to declare a nature reserve: Solomon Gijima Dindikazi Nature Reserve – for comment”;
  8. “National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act 57 of 2003 – PN 120 in PG 2228 of 14 October 2020 – Intention to declare an area as part of an existing nature reserve – Ncandu Private Forest and Grassland Nature Reserve – for comment”;
  9. “National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act 57 of 2003 – PN 121 in PG 2229 of 14 October 2020 – Intention to declare an area as part of an existing nature reserve: Karkloof Nature Reserve – for comment”;
  10. “National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act 57 of 2003 – PN 122 in PG 2230 of 14 October 2020 – Intention to declare an area as part of an existing nature reserve: Karkloof Nature Reserve – for comment”; and,
  11. “National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act 57 of 2003 – PN 123 in PG 2231 of 14 October 2020 – Intention to declare a nature reserve – Strathkop Nature Reserve – for comment”.

Western Cape

  1. “National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act 57 of 2003 – PN 109 in PG 8339 of 23 October 2020 – Intention to declare a nature reserve: Cedar Rock Nature Reserve – for comment”

Interesting reads

Biodiversity

  • Human L “’There are no jobs – this is how we support our families’” says Kleinmond poacher” GroundUp 8 October 2020
  • Smith H and Rong-Gong Lin II “The frightening implications of California’s first million-acre fire” Los Angeles Times 6 October 2020
  • Daily Maverick: Spear D “The fuss over Karoo lions and Cape baboons – conservation versus emotion” 14 October 2020
  • Nature: Hanan NP and Anchang JY “Satellites could soon map every tree on Earth” 14 October 2020
  • CLES Critical Conversation: “The resilience of environmental systems – why relevant for South African cities” Dr Maike Hamann (US) 15 October 2020

Environmental enforcement

  • Webber Wentzel: “New Covid-19 directions call for the resumption of activities and processes in respect of environmental permits and licences” 29 September 2020
  • Mail & Guardian: Bega S “Environmental destruction is the human rights challenge of our time: Archbishop Tutu” 8 October 2020
  • Wild S “Top SA environmental research centre faces funding crisis” GroundUp 7 October 2020
  • Yeld J “Noordhoek wetland road gets green light” GroundUp 6 October 2020
  • Daily Maverick: Von Bormann T “Covid-19 has taught us we cannot separate social from environmental justice” 26 October 2020

Climate and Energy

  • IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: “Slovakia, Singapore, South Africa Chart National Paths to Low-carbon Future” 1 October 2020
  • Business Day TV: Watch: Low emission development strategy underpins justtransition” – Minister Barbara Creecy and Andrew Gilder (ClimateLegal) 2 October 2020
  • Daily Maverick: Walters T “South African seas up to 30m higher show a wet planet under siege” 28 September 2020
  • Senekal de Wet A “First new steam generator to extend life of Koeberg” IOL 30 September 2020
  • Gilder Andrew, Rumble Olivia and Parker Mansoor Concise Guide to Carbon Tax(LexisNexis October 2020) The carbon tax filing platform will open on 1 October 2020, and close at15h00 on 29 October  2020 – after which penalties will apply for late submissions.
  • Daily Maverick: Walters T “From ‘unbearable to unliveable’: The case for‘radical decarbonisation’” 16 October 2020
  • Engineering News: “Ramaphosa announces a renewables-led recovery plan” 16October 2020
  • “DMRE publishes amendments to electricity regulations” Bizcommunity 19October 2020
  • Webber Wentzel: “Proposed process to manage carbon budgets for the period of 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2022” 27 October 2020

Water, waste, oceans and chemicals

  • Mail & Guardian: Bega S “State ‘dragging its feet’ in watershed Mpumalanga pollution case” 7 October 2020
  • Engineering News: Simmons R “Opinion: Black-blade mitigation – a new and exciting mitigation for wind turbines to reduce impacts to birds of prey” 9 October 2020
  • “Environment dept officials suspended following forensic investigation” Bizcommunity 9 October 2020
  • The Conversation: Roffe S and Fitchett J “Changes in South Africa’s rainfall seasons could affect farming and water resources” 13 October 2020
  • Majola N “Environmentalists raise concern over polluted Durban river” GroundUp 12 October 2020
  • Majola N ““Massive” oil spill in Umbilo River” GroundUp 21 October 2020

Mining

  • Lexology Fasken: “Meaningful Consultation – High Court declares that interested and affected parties are entitled to be furnished with a copy of mining right application upon request” 22 September 2020
  • The Conversation: Field Tracy-Lynn “South African community wins right to access mining application. But who will win the war?” 13 October 2020

Workshops and webinars

UP Enterprises: Online Environmental Law Course

Date: 16 November 2020

 

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