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OPEN LETTER: CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS CALL ON ATTORNEY, DENNIS SIBUYI AND HIS CLIENTS TO RESPECT THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS

In an extraordinary show of public solidarity for ALL RISE, 38 civil society organisations have come out in support of an earnest call on the National Union of Mineworkers; Mpukunyoni Traditional Authority; Mpukunyoni Community Mining Forum; the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union to and their representative attorney to: • Respect Pretoria high court Judge […]

Coal mining onslaught threatens the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park on an unprecedented level

By Kirsten Youens The southern white rhino has been to the brink of extinction and back, but even as it continues to be under threat from poachers, its survival is largely thanks to the conservation work of one park. Today, most of these rhinos can trace their ancestry back to the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park (HiP) in […]

Community Rights Vindicated against Unscrupulous Department of Minerals and Energy and “Egregious” Mining Company

Judgment  in the long-standing matter of MCEJO and Others v Minister of Minerals and Energy and Others was handed down on the evening of 4 May 2022.  In her well-reasoned 48-page judgment Judge Bam finds in favour of the Applicants by rejecting all of Tendele’s arguments and declaring Tendele’s mining right invalid. The Minister’s decision […]

Moratorium on awarding more licences for Ship-to-Ship Bunkering in Algoa Bay to remain in place

Recently our client, Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism, became aware of the decision made in the Bunkering Stakeholder Forum Session (“BSFS”) in December 2021 to lift the moratorium on the awarding of bunkering licences in Algoa Bay that has been in place since August 2019. Bunkering is the process of refuelling vessels by transferring liquid fuel […]

DISAPPOINTING DECISION BY MINISTER CREECY

On 7 March, the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) Barbara Creecy, dismissed four separate appeals against the environmental authorisation granted by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to the Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) for its new Mngeni Adit located in Nongoma, northern KwaZulu-Natal. The concerns raised by the four appellants […]

MINISTER’S PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE S24H REGULATIONS WILL HAVE A CHILLING EFFECT ON APPEALS

Written by Janice Tooley Section 24H of the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) allows for the establishment of a registration authority to regulate the practice and conduct of environmental assessment practitioners (EAPs). The sector has long identified the need for a formally recognised body to promote the professionalism of environmental consultants by ensuring EAPs meet […]