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

Bills before parliament

  1. National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Bill (B12-2017);
  2. National Forests Amendment Bill (B11-2016

Notices

  1. “National Water Act 36 of 1998 – GN 1152 in GG 43855 of 30 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 published for comment in GN 1079in  GG 43784 of 9 October 2020 corrected”;
  2. “National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998 – GN 1150 in GG 43855 of 30 October 2020 – Procedures for the assessment of and minimum criteria for reporting on the environmental impacts for activities requiring environmental authorisation published in terms of ss. 24 (5) (a) and (h) and 44 of the Act”;
  3. “National Water Act 36 of 1998 – GN 1179 in GG 43872 of 6 November 2020 – Determination of Classes of Water Resource and Associated Resource Quality Objectives for the Berg Catchment”; and,
  4. “National Water Act 36 of 1998 – GN 1220 in GG 43900 of 13 November 2020 – Mzimvubu-Tsitsikamma Water Management Area (WMA7): Limiting the use of water in terms of item 6 of Schedule 3 of the Act for urban, agricultural and industrial (including mining) purposes”.

For comment

  1. “CONSULTATION ON PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENTREGULATIONS, LISTING NOTICE 1, LISTING NOTICE 2 AND LISTING NOTICE 3 OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT REGULATIONS, 2014 FOR ACTIVITIES IDENTIFIED IN TERMS OF SECTION 24(2) AND 24D OF THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT ACT, ‘1998 (ACT NO. 107 OF 1998. Comments are due on 13 December. Please see attached amendments”;
  2. “National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998 – GN 1271 in GG 43944 of 27 November 2020 – Proposed amendment to Chapter 2 and Chapter 5 of the Integrated Environmental Management Plan for Phase 1 of the Square Kilometre Array and proposed amendment to the conditions of exclusion – for comment”;
  3. “Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act 28 of 2002 – GN 1269 in GG 43942 of 27 November 2020 -Notice of proposed investigation in terms of s. 50 of the Act to confirm the results of previous geoscientific surveys on geochemical anomalies for the possible exploration and exploitation thereof – for comment”.

Gauteng

  • “Gauteng Rationalisation of Local Government Affairs Act 10 of 1998, Local Government: Municipal Systems Act 32 of 2000 and National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act 39 of 2004 – LAN 1316 in PG 214 of 6 November 2020 – City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality – draft Air Pollution Control By-laws and Air Quality Management Plan – for comment”; and,
  • “Gauteng Rationalisation of Local Government Affairs Act 10 of 1998 and Local Government: Municipal Systems Act 32 of 2000 – LANs 1317 & 1318 in PG 214 of 6 November 2020 – City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality – draft Waste Management By-laws and Water Services By-laws – for comment”

Interesting reads

Biodiversity

  • Kretzmann S “Province goes to court over River Club ruling – The Public Works department wants the Heritage Tribunal’s findings overturned” GroundUp 29 October 2020
  • Daily Maverick: Smillie S “Ancient dassie dung holds secrets on tackling climate crisis” 4 November 2020
  • Daily Maverick: Shoba S “A ‘gift’ of an eco-friendly bridge over the Liesbeek River causes a rift” 3 November 2020
  • Spear D “Overberg farmers open hearts to conservation of renosterveld” Daily Maverick 6 November 2020
  • Kretzmann S and Joseph R”Green Scorpions order City of Cape Town to sort out pollution in the Milnerton Lagoon” GroundUp 4 November 2020
  • allAfrica: Weyer EM and Hetem R “South Africa: Daytime Sightings of Elusive Aardvarks Hint At Troubled Times in the Kalahari” 26 November 2020
  • “Cabinet approves measures to address threatened biodiversity” Bizcommunity 25 November 2020

Environmental enforcement

  • Bega S “Barbara Creecy: ‘You can make a difference if you want to’” Mail & Guardian 6 November 2020
  • Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries “National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report 2019-20” (Report November 2020)
  • “Bill promoting transformation in environmental sector before parliament” SA News 17 November 2020 [Legalbrief Environmental 24 November 2020]
  • DEFF Closure Letter: S 24G applications: Please find attached a memorandum explaining the Timeframes prescribed for Environmental Impact Assessment, Section 24G and Integrated Environmental Authorisations during the period including 15 December to 5 January 2021. DEFF 2020/2021 Stakeholders Closure Letter. Mr Sabalo Malaza (Chief Director Integrated Environmental Authorisations Department of Environment Forestry & Fisheries) [IAIAIsa Email 26 November 2020]

Climate and Energy

  • Daily Maverick: Davis R “The man who blew up Koeberg” 31 October 2020
  • Bega S “Fossil fuel support lands SA in the G20 dog box” Mail & Guardian 14 November 2020
  • CER: “Landmark “Deadly Air” pollution case against government to be heard in May 2021” 16 November 2020
  • Burkhardt P “Eskom aims for 2050 net zero emissions” fin24 14 November 2020 [Legalbrief Environmental 27 November 2020]

Water, waste, oceans and chemicals

  • Daily Maverick: Ngam R “South Africa is drying up – and it is only going to get worse” 28 October 2020
  • Naidoo M “Beautiful Palmiet River now ’open sewer’” IOL 1 November 2020
  • Dyongman L “Raw sewage flowing into Makhanda Dam” GroundUp 11 November
  • Witbooi E et al “Organized crime in the fisheries sector threatens a sustainable ocean economy” 2020 Nature https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-2913-5
  • The Conversation: Abia ALK “River of bacteria: a South African study pinpoints what’s polluting the water” 24 November 2020

Mining

  • Yeld J “Court challenge to West Coast beach mining” GroundUp 12 November 2020

Miscellaneous

  • Daily Maverick: Mahlaka R “BEE requirements on state tenders are in for a major shake-up in wake of court judgment” 3 November 2020

Workshops and webinars

MPU Branch Event – Monday 7 December 2020 – 11h00 Unpacking the proposed changes to the EIA Regs. Please register here.

 

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