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Automotive industry to phase out environmentally-unsafe refrigerants

     5th October 2017 In line with the latest legislation in Europe, which came into effect at the beginning of the year, the automotive industry is required to phase out current environment-damaging refrigerants being used, and replace these with green alternatives. Automotive air-conditioning systems currently run... 

Mpact launches R46m liquid packaging plant

By: Anine Kilian     25th July 2017 Paper and plastics packaging company Mpact on Tuesday launched a R46-million liquid packaging plant at its Springs mill, in Ekurhuleni. The plant will recycle 25 000 t/y of liquid packaging products, which has so far seen limited beneficiation in South Africa. 

Slight decrease in rhino poaching in SA 

By: African News Agency      24th July 2017 Fewer rhinoceroses were poached across South Africa in the first half of 2017, in comparison with same period of last year, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa announced on Monday. “There has been a slight decrease in the number of rhino poached nationally. A total of 529 rhino have been... 

Molewa attends sustainable development forum in the US

By: Anine Kilian     17th July 2017 Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa is leading a South African delegation to the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development at the United Nations (UN) in New York, from July 17 to 19.   The forum is being hosted by the UN Economic and Social Council (Ecosoc) under the... 

Brics Environment Ministers adopt sustainability initiative

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd June 2017 The Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) member countries’ Environment Ministers on Friday adopted the Partnership for Urban Environmental Sustainability Initiative (Puesi), which identifies water and air pollution prevention measures. The initiative further sets out to improve... 

Civil society takes Atha-Africa to court

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd June 2017 A coalition of eight civil society and community organisations has launched proceedings in the Pretoria High Court against India-owned mining company Atha-Africa Ventures, asking the court to stop the miner from starting any activities inside the Mabola protected environment, located outside... 

South Africa, Rwanda sign environmental cooperation agreement

By: African News Agency      19th June 2017 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and Rwandan Natural Resources Minister Vincent Biruta have signed a cooperation agreement on environmental protection and sustainable development, the environmental affairs department said on Sunday. Molewa and Biruta met in Kigali, Rwanda, on Thursday... 

Molewa welcomes approval of Garden Route as Unesco biosphere reserve

By: African News Agency      15th June 2017 The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, on Thursday welcomed the approval of the Garden Route as a Unesco Biosphere Reserve. Unesco members voted in favour of the inclusion of the Garden Route as a Biosphere reserve at a meeting in Paris on Wednesday. 

Redisa plans to contest government’s liquidation order

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th June 2017 The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) is planning to legally contest the decision of Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa to liquidate the tyre waste management company, with executive director Stacey Davidson going so far as to describe the move as... 

Significant progress made with Operation Phakisa – Molewa 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th June 2017 The prospect for a vibrant sustainable blue economy was on South Africa’s doorstep, and the country’s Operations Phakisa oceans economy plans have progressed considerably, Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa said on Wednesday. To date, Operation Phakisa has stimulated some R17.7-billion... 

Redisa should have been stopped earlier – Outa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th June 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Tuesday welcomed Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa’s decision to have the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) placed under liquidation, but raised some questions about the move. Last week, Molewa lodged an... 

Redisa placed under liquidation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th June 2017 The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) has been placed under liquidation to safeguard the operations and assets associated with the programme. Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa filed an urgent application for the liquidation at the Cape Town High... 

Healthy oceans key to welfare, growth of Africa

By: African News Agency      5th May 2017 South Africa has about 4,000 kilometers of coastline and if protected and properly managed the country could have about one million jobs by 2032. This emerged at a session of the World Economic Forum on Africa taking place this week in Durban. 

Govt not delaying Vredefort Dome’s heritage proclamation – Molewa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th April 2017 Concerns of landowners within the Vredefort Dome, in the Free State, are preventing government from proclaiming the area as a world heritage site, says Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa. In a written reply to a Parliamentary question, published on Tuesday, she said the area, which was... 

Plan to lift rhino horn sale moratorium spot-on

By: Kelvin Kemm     31st March 2017 In February, Environmental  Affairs Minister Edna Molewa put forward the proposal that the current moratorium on the sale of rhino horn be lifted. She also proposed that internal trade in rhino horn be permitted. I agree with the principle of the argument. In fact, a couple of years ago, I spoke... 

Opportunities from the Indian Ocean Rim

By: Riaan de Lange     24th March 2017 Indian Ocean Rim Association Well, this certainly is a blast from the past. It was a long time ago. I had just joined the then South African Chamber of Business (Sacob) – on March 1, 1995 – and, within a few days, I was jetting off to Mauritius. I thought that I had hit the big time, and yes, the... 

Thabametsi independent power producer coal-fired power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th March 2017 Environmental justice organisation Earthlife Africa (ELA) won South Africa’s first climate change court case in March 2017. 

Molewa publishes draft coastal waters discharge permit regulations for public input

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th March 2017 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, on March 10, published the draft coastal waters discharge permit regulations in the Government Gazette for public comment. The regulations seek to provide an administrative framework to implement Section 69 of the National Environmental Management:... 

High Court rules in favour of Earthlife Africa in South Africa’s first climate change case 

By: Kim Cloete     8th March 2017 The North Gauteng High Court has ruled in favour of environmental justice organisation, Earthlife Africa (ELA), on the basis that the climate change impacts of the proposed Thabametsi coal-fired power station, were not  properly considered. In South Africa’s first climate change court case, ELA... 

Judgment reserved in South Africa’s first climate change court case  

By: Kim Cloete     7th March 2017 The outcome of South Africa’s first climate change court case could set an important precedent. Judgment has been reserved, following compelling arguments in the Pretoria High Court by lawyers for Earthlife Africa, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the developers of the 557.3 MW... 

WWF-SA concerned about proposed coal mine development in protected area

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th February 2017 Conservation organisation World Wide Fund for Nature-South Africa (WWF-SA) on Tuesday expressed concern about a letter sent by Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa to Indian company Atha-Africa Ventures, approving the development of an underground coal mine, in the Mabola Protected... 

Strong sense of irony as Eskom solicits energy-intensive connections

By: Terence Creamer     11th November 2016 Amid weak economic growth, falling industrial and mining demand and a rise in plant availability, Eskom has appealed to industrial customers to approach it for new connections, saying it is “open for business”. The State-owned utility announced a recovery in the energy availability factor (EAF)... 

Presidency dismisses reports that Ministers will intervene in IPP PPA signing delays

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th November 2016 The Presidency on Monday disputed media reports that President Jacob Zuma has tasked Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor to persuade Eskom CEO Brian Molefe to sign off on new power purchase agreements (PPAs) with independent power producers... 

Molewa dismisses CoAL environmental authorisation amendment appeal

By: Anine Kilian     2nd November 2016 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has dismissed an appeal against the environmental authorisation (EA) amendment for Coal of Africa Limited’s (CoAL’s) Makhado project, in Limpopo. The amendment, which was granted in July in terms of the National Environmental Management Act, amended the... 

Industries should collaborate in submitting industry waste-management plans – law firm

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th October 2016 It appears industry will soon have to collaborate and share their current research and other resources to develop industry waste management plans (IWMPs), states legal services firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. It is likely that IWMPs will not only have to comply with challenging timeframes but also... 

DEA calls on three sectors to prepare waste management plans

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th August 2016 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa on Thursday published a notice to the paper and packaging, the electrical and electronic equipment and the lighting industries to prepare and submit waste management plans for approval under the National Environmental Management Waste Act. The... 

Remediation of waste tyres reduces carbon emissions

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) has adopted several tactics to remediate waste tyres and, ultimately, reduce carbon emissions. This includes processing waste tyres using pyrolysis, crumbing and controlled burning in cement kilns. From January last year... 

Molewa launches R30m Gauteng Youth Jobs in Waste Programme

By: Anine Kilian     28th July 2016 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa launched the R30-million Gauteng Youth Jobs in Waste Programme in Mohlakeng, Randfontein, on Thursday.   This is in line with the Minister’s commitment to launching projects that will contribute to overcoming the country’s waste challenge, as well as... 

Rhino Poaching War: Combatants Presented With Awards Winners Announced

     12th July 2016 In a recent News24 report, Environmental Affairs Minister, Edna Molewa, announced that 363 rhinos were poached in South Africa between January and April 2016. Molewa extended condolences to the family of Kruger National Park ranger, Enos Mabila, who was killed recently. She also paid tribute to... 

Protesting firefighters showed courage against exploitation – Numsa

By: News24Wire      16th June 2016 South African firefighters who went on strike in Canada were 'ruthlessly' exploited, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Thursday. "[Numsa] warmly congratulates the 301 fire-fighters who protested at the way they were being ruthlessly exploited while they were courageously... 

Waste sector generates jobs in the green economy – Molewa

By: African News Agency      1st June 2016 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa on Tuesday encouraged entrepreneurs to look to the R25 billion waste sector for business opportunities in the recycling economy. Speaking at the second annual Waste Management Summit in Umhlanga, Molewa said that the waste sector had been identified... 

Molewa: South African companies need to prepare for carbon quotas system

By: African News Agency      4th May 2016 South African companies need to start planning for 2021 when they would become liable for penalties for exceeding carbon emission quotas, the environmental affairs department stressed on Tuesday. “We don’t want to be found wanting when 2020 arrives,” Minister Edna Molewa told a media briefing... 

Plans to integrate waste pickers into municipalities – Molewa

By: News24Wire      4th May 2016 The Department of Environmental Affairs is planning to integrate South Africa's waste pickers into the country's municipal waste management programme, Minister Edna Molewa said in Parliament on Tuesday. The country has about 62 147 registered waste pickers who remove recyclable material from... 

DEA extends DG’s contract

By: Anine Kilian     29th April 2016 Cabinet has extended the contract of Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) director-general Nosipho Ngcaba and approved the appointment of Limpho Makotoko as the new DEA COO.     “Under the leadership of Ngcaba, the DEA has consistently received clean and unqualified audits and managed to... 

Sandton Convention Centre to host CITES COP17

     8th February 2016 Sandton Convention Centre has been chosen as the host venue for CITES CoP17 from 24 September to 2 October 2016 – the first time that a CITES Conference of Parties meeting will be held in Johannesburg. It will be the fourth CITES CoP meeting held in Africa since 1975, but the first on the... 

Rhino poaching levels stabilised, as fight against poaching continues – Molewa 

By: Sashnee Moodley     22nd January 2016 For the first time in a decade, rhino poaching levels have stabilised, despite escalating poaching pressure and increased poaching activity in protected areas.  This was according to Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa, who addressed the media in Pretoria on Thursday on the progress of... 

Zuma lauds S African contribution to COP21 treaty

By: Natalie Greve     14th December 2015 President Jacob Zuma has congratulated the delegation representing South Africa at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in France, following the adoption of the new Paris Agreement on climate change. Late on Saturday evening,... 

Climate change already affecting SA, Presidency 

By: African News Agency      30th November 2015 South Africa is already feeling the negative effects of global warming, the Presidency said on Monday ahead of the Paris climate change summit. In a statement the Presidency qouted Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa as saying: “The impacts of climate change affect everyone, and will... 

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