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National Strategy on Sustainable Development available for comment until 14 June

3 June 2010

The Department of Environmental Affairs has gazetted the National Strategy on Sustainable Development (NSSD) and Draft Action Plan for 2010-2014 for public comment. The NSSD covers three main topics: directing the development path towards sustainability, changing values and behaviour, and restructuring the governance system and building capacity. The Draft Action¬† Plan deals with our response… continued

Minister of Mineral Resources delivers her budget speech for 2010/11

22 April 2010

Acknowledging the cumulative pollution impact of derelict, ownerless and unrehablitated mines in South Africa, the Minister of Mineral Resources, Susan Shabangu, announced in Parliament today that she had established a Rehabilitation Oversight Committee to drive the implementation of a rehabilitation programme for all mines which were licensed prior to 1991, and said that R52 million… continued

Dedicated timeslots for environmental crimes in key courts

16 April 2010

The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Buyelwa Sonjica,¬† delivered the Budget Vote speech for her two departments in the National Assembly on 15 April 2010. A copy of her speech is available here. She also delivered a separate speech on the Department of Environmental Affairs’ Budget on 16 April 2010, available here. Both the… continued

Western Cape DEADP Workshop on new EIA Regulations

14 April 2010

The Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning has issued an invitation to a two-day workshop at various Western Cape centres during May 2010 on the most recent amendments to NEMA and the EIA regulations. More information available here. The new regulations are due to be gazetted in May 2010, and will come… continued

Air Quality Act came into full operation on 1 April 2010

31 March 2010

On 1 April 2010, all the remaining provisions of the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act, 2004 (Act 39 0f 2004) came into effect. These include, in particular, all the provisions dealing with atmospheric emissions licences (including criminal offences), and section 60, which repeals the Atmospheric Pollution Prevention Act, 1965 (Act 45 of 1965). RIP… continued

Heathrow protesters win third runway court victory

30 March 2010

The Guardian reports in London that the government’s plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport were dealt a blow last week after a high court judge agreed with campaigners that climate change threats had not been taken seriously enough. In a complex judgment, Lord Justice Carnwath declined to quash the controversial planning proposal but… continued

Minister tells Parliament why DMR is holding on to mining EIAs

24 March 2010

The Minister of Mineral Resources has told Parliament that “[s]everal concerns were raised by Mining sector stakeholders and Government Departments which are related to the implementation of the MPRDA Amendment Act 49 of 2008. The DMR then deemed it prudent to first consult and further endeavor to address the concens raised by stakeholders before the… continued

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