Bills Before Parliament:

  1.  Aquaculture Development Bill (B22 of 2018)
  2.  National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Bill (B14 of 2017)
  3.  National Forests Amendment Bill (B11 of 2016)
  4.  Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill (B27 – 2013)

Bills Before President:

  1.  Carbon Tax Bill (B46 of 2018)
  2.  Marine Spatial Planning Bill (B9 of 2017)

Notices and comments:

  1. National Heritage Resources Act 25 of 1999 – GN 622 in GG 42429 of 30 April 2019 – South African Heritage Resources Agency: Declaration of sites within the Bo-Kaap as National Heritage Sites
  2. National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act 57 of 2003 – PN 55 in PG 8089 of 3 May 2019 – Declaration of a nature reserve – Wolfgat Nature Reserve (Western Cape)
  3. National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act 39 of 2004 – GN 644 in GG 42446 of 6 May 2019 – Draft National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy – for comment
  4.  National Water Act 36 of 1998 – GN 655 in GG 42451 of 10 May 2019 – Proposed classes of water resource and resource quality objectives for the Berg Catchment – for comment
  5. National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998 – GN 647 in GG 42451 of 10 May 2019 – Proposed Minimum Standards for the Consideration of Environmental Aspects in the Preparation and Review of Municipal Spatial Development Frameworks (SDFs) – for comment
  6. National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998 – GN 648 in GG 42451 of 10 May 2019 – Proposed requirements for undertaking an initial site sensitivity verification and protocols for the assessment and minimum reporting requirements of environmental impacts for environmental themes for activities requiring environmental authorisation – for comment
  7. Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning – PN 60 in PG 8094 of 7 May 2019 – Draft Western Cape Biodiversity Bill, 2019 – for comment (Western Cape)

Interesting readings:

Climate change and energy:

  1. The Conversation: Stafford R and Jones PJS “How to stop climate change: six ways to make the world a better place” 1 May 2019
  2. Business Insider: De Wet P “Climate change has a bright side too: How SA plans to put a positive spin on global warming” 6 May 2019

Mining:

  1. Intercontinental Cry: “Waorani People win landmark legal victory against Ecuadorian Government: A half-million acres of Amazon rain forest protected from oil drilling” 30 April 2019

Water:

  1. Mongabay: Gaworecki M “Two-thirds of Earth’s longest rivers no longer free-flowing” 8 May 2019

Waste:

  1. Forrest A “Almost every country in the world agrees deal to cut plastic pollution – except US” The Independent 11 May 2019

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