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Coal miner, community set to meet in public debate to discuss Yzermyn underground coal mine

By: Simone Liedtke     28th June 2018 India-owned mining company Atha Africa Ventures is set to engage in a public debate with the community to discuss the potential impacts and remediation of a proposed coal mine near Wakkerstroom, in Mpumalanga, on Friday, June 29. This open forum community-oriented debate will allow all parties,... 

Ramaphosa hails successful G7 leaders summit

By: African News Agency      11th June 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed the interest shown in South Africa by the global business community at the just concluded G7 Leaders’ Outreach Summit in Quebec City in Canada. In a statement, the Presidency said Ramaphosa welcomed the interest in South Africa as an investment destination... 

Global effort against climate change cannot be postponed – Basic countries

By: News24Wire      21st May 2018 The Basic countries, comprising Brazil, South Africa, India and China, have reiterated that the global effort against climate change is an irreversible process that cannot be postponed. This was said following the 26th Basic Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change, held in Durban over the weekend.... 

South Africa working on Climate Change Bill

By: News24Wire      17th May 2018 A Climate Change Bill is on the cards for South Africa. Speaking at a press briefing before introducing her department's budget to the National Assembly on Wednesday, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said in addition to finalising the National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, the... 

Molewa invites public comment on waste tyre management plans

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th May 2018 Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa has given notice in the Government Gazette of four industry waste tyre management plans.  

Molewa gazettes financial provisioning regulation amendments

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th April 2018 Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa on Friday gazetted, for implementation, an amendment to the Financial Provisioning Regulations (FPR) for prospecting, exploration, mining or production operations.  

Smuggling shenanigans of jumbo proportions

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     20th April 2018 It must have been music to the ears of animal rights proponents and conservationists when the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) reported in October last year that significant gains had been made in the fight against elephant poaching on the... 

DEA indicates 2018 fire season readiness

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2018 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) on Tuesday said its Working on Fire team was ready for the upcoming winter fire season, which usually starts early in June and ends in November.  

World’s largest oxygen production plant inaugurated at Sasol Secunda

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th March 2018 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa on Monday inaugurated French gas company Air Liquide’s €200-million air separation unit (ASU) at chemicals and energy group Sasol's Secunda plant, in Mpumalanga. The ASU is the biggest oxygen production unit in the world, with a capacity of 5 000 t/d... 

Civil society organisations oppose coal IPP generation licence applications

By: Simone Liedtke     20th March 2018 Civil society organisations will use next week’s public hearings into the generation licence applications for the Thabametsi and Khanyisa power station projects to raise their objections to the new coal-fired power stations that private developers plan to build in Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The Life... 

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

By: Sheila Barradas     9th March 2018 Civil society organisations are once again approaching the courts to challenge the latest environmental authorisation granted for the project. 

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

By: Sheila Barradas     9th February 2018 Civil society organisations have said they will again approach the courts to challenge the latest environmental authorisation granted for the project. 

Coal opponents prepare for yet another court battle over Thabametsi power project 

By: Terence Creamer     6th February 2018 Civil society organisations opposing the development of new coal-fired power generation capacity in South Africa say they will again approach the courts to challenge the latest environmental authorisation granted for the 557 MW Thabametsi coal-fired power station project, proposed for development... 

Environmental dept aims to boost recycling, waste management through enterprise support

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th January 2018 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has opened a request for proposals to receive comprehensive business plans and project proposals from start-up or emerging waste management and recycling companies requiring development or support from the department’s recycling enterprises support... 

Climate change implementation now urgent – Molewa 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th November 2017 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has called on all developed countries to urgently implement their pre-2020 pledges, including the provision of additional, new and predicable support to developing countries to reduce the effects of climate change. Speaking at the Bonn climate... 

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... 

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