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03 MAY 2024 – ROAD VS TOAD: COURT BACKS CAPE TOWN’S ROAD PLAN DESPITE CONSERVATION CONCERNS

A legal battle began in 2003, and finally in November of 2023 the Noordhoek Environmental Action Group (NEAG) took the City of Cape Town, and Western Cape MEC for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning to the High Court in opposition of a proposed road extension that would cut ...

24 APRIL 2024 – FUELLING EFFICIENCY: EXPLORING PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE ACT24 APRIL 2024 –

Public commentary opened in December 2023 and the second round of commentary has just opened on the draft amendments to the rules under section 21(1) and 60 of the Customs and Excise Act of 1964. One of the proposed amendments relates to the creation of a new warehousing type for ...

12 APRIL 2024 – CLEARING THE AIR: SASOL’S APPEAL VICTORY SETS A DIFFERENT TONE FOR EMISSION REDUCTION

In 2023 Sasol, applied to the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment for its pollution emissions, specifically of sulphur dioxide (SO2), to be regulated on an alternative emission load basis, rather than on the current concentration-based limits. Sasol proposed that it would reduce their overall emissions by slowing down ...

08 APRIL 2024 – ROUND 2: MINISTER CREECY UNDER FIRE FOR PERMITTING ANOTHER SEISMIC SURVEY ALONG THE COAST

On the 25th of March 2024, the Green Connection partnered with Natural Justice lodged an application against the decision by the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy and the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, to allow Total Energies South Africa environmental authorisation to conduct exploratory drilling just off ...

26 MARCH 2024 – EXPLORING SOUTH AFRICAN WATER QUALITY GUIDELINES FOR COASTAL MARINE WATERS: INSIGHTS FROM VOLUME 1 ON THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT AND MARICULTURE USE

On the 22nd of March 2024 the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment published the draft South African Water Quality Guidelines for Coastal Marine Waters Vol. 1: Natural Environment and Mariculture Use for public comment. These guidelines replace the Water Quality Guidelines of 1992 and 1995. Their primary focus ...
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