ELA Newsletter 2021-38

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8 October 2021



Draft Companies Amendment Bill, 2021 –Gen Notice 586 in GG 45250 of 1 October 2021 – background note and explanatory memorandum – for comment


Private Security Industry Regulation Amendment Act 18 of 2014 – GG 45295 of 8 October 2021

Draft Nonprofit Organisations Amendment Bill, 2021 – GN 957 in GG 45244 of 1 October 2021 – comment


Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002 – GN 1023 in GG 45296 of 8 October 2021 – Severe weather events occurring in parts of the Overberg and Cape Winelands District Municipalities in the Western Cape classified as a provincial disaster

National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act 10 of 2004 – GN 1022 in GG 45294 of 8 October 2021 – Consultation on the proposed hunting/export quota for elephant, black rhinoceros and leopard hunting trophies for the 2021 calendar year – for comment

Electricity Regulation Act 4 of 2006 – GN 1000 in GG 45266 of 5 October 2021 – Schedule 2 to the Act substituted

Social Housing Act 16 of 2008 – GN 962 in GG 45250 of 1 October 2021 – Additional Restructuring Zones

National Environmental Management Waste Act 59 of 2008 – GN 1005 in GG 45273 of 6 October 2021 – Notice of publication for comment of Proposed Packaging Guideline: Recyclability by Design for Packaging and Paper in South Africa

National Environmental Management Waste Act 59 of 2008 – GN 1021 in GG 45293 of 8 October 2021 – Notice of decision on applications received for the exclusion of a waste stream or a portion of a waste stream from the definition of waste for beneficial use

Plant Breeders’ Rights Act 15 of 1976 – GNs 1006 & 7 in GG 45275 of 8 October 2021 – Receipt of applications for plant breeders’ rights

Plant Improvement Act 53 of 1976 – GN 1008 in GG 45275 of 8 October 2021 – Regulations relating to establishments, varieties, plants and propagating material amended; Application of Act published in GN R1901 of 12 September 1986 amended; Exemption from Registration published in GN R1388 of 26 June 1987 amended; Import of plants and propagating material: Cannabis sativa L. (hemp); Distribution of plants and propagating material amended

Petroleum Products Act 120 of 1977 – GN R997 in GG 45265 of 5 October 2021 – Regulations in respect of the single maximum national retail price for illuminating paraffin published with effect from 6 October 2021

Petroleum Products Act 120 of 1977 – GN R998 in GG 45265 of 5 October 2021 – Regulations in respect of the maximum retail price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas supplied to residential customers published and GN R792 in GG 45077 of 31 August 2021 substituted with effect from 6 October 2021

Petroleum Products Act 120 of 1977 – GN R999 in GG 45265 of 5 October 2021 – Regulations in respect of petroleum products published and GN R791 in GG 45077 of 31 August 2021 substituted with effect from 6 October 2021

Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Act 19 of 1982 – Gen Notice 581 in GG 45250 of 1 October 2021 – Veterinary and para-veterinary professions regulations published under GN R2085 in GG 8402 of 1 October 1982 amended

Financial Markets Act 19 of 2012- BN 127 in GG 45250 of 1 October 2021- Notice of amendments to the JSE Derivatives rules


Eastern Cape

Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act 16 of 2013 -PN 132 in PG 4633 of 4 October 2021 – Dr Beyers Naudé Local Municipality – Appointment of additional member to serve on the Municipal Planning Tribunal

KwaZulu Natal

Businesses Act 71 of 1991 – MN 94 in PG 2327 of 7 October 2021 – Mkhambathini Local Municipality – Informal economy trading permit fees

Local Government: Municipal Systems Act 32 of 2000 – MN 95 in PG 2327 of 7 October 2021 – eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality – Planning and Land Use Management Second Amendment By-law, 2021


Local Government: Municipal Systems Act 32 of 2000 – LAN 201 in PG 3203 of 1 October 2021 – Bela-Bela Local Municipality – Draft Solid Waste By-laws and Draft Standard By-laws relating to the keeping of animals, birds and poultry and to businesses involving the keeping of animals, birds, poultry, pets and control of stray animals – for comment

Local Government: Municipal Systems Act 32 of 2000 – LAN 201 in PG 3203 of 1 October 2021 – Bela-Bela Local Municipality – Noise Abatement Prevention of Nuisance By-law




MV ‘MSC Susanna’: Owners and Underwriters of the MV ‘MSC Susanna’ and Another v Transnet (SOC) Ltd and Another (1039/2020) [2021] ZASCA 135 (6 October 2021)
Summary: Tonnage limitation – s 261(1) of the Merchant Shipping Act 57 of 1951 (MSA) – whether limitation can be invoked by owner of merchant ship against the owner of a ship owned by the defence force of South Africa or another country – ss 3(3) and (6) of the MSA.

The National Director of Public Prosecutions (Ex Parte Application) (Case no 669/2020) [2021] ZASCA 142 (7 October 2021)
Summary: Prevention of Organised Crime Act 121 of 1998 (POCA) – ss 26 and 38 – Uniform Rules of Court – preservation of property order – urgency – whether the appellant must prove urgency when applying for a preservation order.
“[2]  The facts are briefly that on 16 August 2019, three men were found in a timber plantation in Mpumalanga in possession of the carcasses of 11 grey duiker, four bush buck, one mountain reed buck and one serval cat, which had recently been poached. The carcasses and the rifle with which the animals were hunted were found in a Toyota Hilux vehicle (the vehicle) which belonged to one of the men.
[3]  The three men were arrested and charged with a number of offences in the Graskop Magistrates’ Court (the magistrates’ court), where they were subsequently admitted to bail. The vehicle and the rifle were seized by the South African Police Service (SAPS) on 16 August 2019. The seizure was effected in terms of s 20 of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1997 (the CPA).[1]
[4]  The case was, without the knowledge of the prosecution, struck from the criminal roll on 30 January 2020, and no reasons were provided on the record as to why this occurred. The magistrate, mero motu, without an application brought on notice to the prosecution, and in violation of the CPA,[2] ordered the police to return the vehicle to one of the accused, the registered owner of the vehicle.
[5]  This turn of events prompted the NDPP to apply to the high court for a preservation order in terms of s 38 of POCA. The matter served before Roelofse AJ who raised a concern about the delay in the bringing of the s 38 application. He struck the matter from the roll on the basis that urgency had not been established, as required by a practice directive of the court, although he accepted that a proper case had been made out for the granting of a preservation order on the merits. He granted the NDPP leave to appeal to this Court.”



Statistics South Africa’s (Stats SA’s) “Natural Capital 2: Accounts for Protected Areas, 1900 to 2020” (Report October 2021)


2021 24(1) Asian Pacific Journal of Environmental Law – available online

APJEL invites contributions to the 2021 and 2022 Volumes, especially concerning as themes successes, failures and legacies of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets (under which goals were to be met by 2020) and the Ramsar Convention (which will celebrate its 50th birthday on 2 Februrary 2021). Articles should be no longer than 12,000 words in length. Country reports, case notes and comments should be no longer than 6,000 words in length. Book reviews should be no longer than 2,500 words.  Article manuscripts and editorial queries should be sent to the Editors, Tim Stephens or Ed Couzens.

Rosser E A Nation Within: Navajo Land and Economic Development (Cambridge University Press, 2021),

Rossi Jim “Energy Federalism’s Aim” 134 Harv. L. Rev. F. 228 (2021)

Ruhl J.B “Ecosystems in the Supreme Court, 35 Nat. Res. & Env’t 52 (2020).

The Roman Public Trust Doctrine: What Was It, and Does It Support an Atmospheric Trust?, 47 Ecology L. Q. 117 (2020) (with T. A.J. McGinn).

A Global Assessment of the Law and Policy of Ecosystem Services, 39 Univ. Queensl. L.J. 503 (2020) (with J. Salzman).

Adaptive Management for Ecosystem Services at the Wildland-Urban Interface, 14 Int’l J. Commons 611 (2020) (with R.K. Craig).

Introduction: Governing Wicked Problems, 73 Vand. L. Rev. 1561 (2020) (with J. Salzman).

Designing Law to Enable Adaptive Governance of Modern Wicked Problems, 73 Vand. L. Rev. 1687 (2020) (with B. Cosens et al.).

Environmental Law, Disrupted by COVID-19, 51 ENVTL. L. REP. 10509 (2021) (with R. Bratspies at al.)

Serkin Christopher “The Wicked Problem of Zoning” 73 Vand. L. Rev. 1879 (2020).

A Case for Zoning, 96 Notre Dame L. Rev. 749 (2020).

Regulation and the Geography of Inequality, 70 Duke L.J. 1763 (2021) (with Ganesh Sitaraman & Morgan Ricks).

Vandenbergh Michael P “Governance Beyond Governments: The Effort to Slow Climate Changein The Oxford Handbook Of Institutions Of International Economic Governance And Market Regulation (E. Brousseau et al. eds., 2020) (with P.C. Stern).

The New Revolving Door, 70 Case W. Rsrv. L. Rev. 1121 (2020) (with J.M. Gilligan & H. Feuerman).

Improving Climate Change Mitigation Analysis: A Framework for Examining Feasibility, 3 One Earth 325 (2020) (with K.S. Nielsen et al.).

Beyond Wickedness: Managing Complex Systems and Climate Change, 73 Vand. L. Rev. 1777 (2020) (with J.M. Gilligan).

Wilson A.P., Animal Law in South Africa: “Until the lions have their own lawyers, the law will continue to protect the hunter” 2019 10(1) Derecho Animal (Forum of Animal Law Studies) 10/1 DOI https://doi.org/10.5565/rev/da.399

News, Blogs, Discussions, Websites, Videos, ETC

South Africa

Biodiversity, Protected Areas, Culture

Daily Maverick: Oxford P “More problems than solutions: Being paid to kill Western Cape baboons is no way to manage wildlife” 6 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Van Diemen E “SA’s protected areas growing at a healthy rate, report reveals” 6 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Kater M “A better tomorrow: The challenges and changes of Marine Protected Areas” 5 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Sgqolana T “The burning season: Wildfires sweeping across South Africa and Namibia have left devastation in their wake” 4 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Richardson P “From the wilds of Mana Pools to the urban fringes of Cape Town: Lessons learnt from living with baboons” 3 October 2021

IOL: Maromo J “As South Africans, we failed the 30 euthanised lions – Bloemfontein SPCA” 8 Octboer 2021

IOL: Naidoo D “Look: Take a sneak peek at what other weird and wonderful pets your neighbours may be keeping” 7 October 2021

Bizcommunity: “Coega launches its second plant rescue initiative” 7 October 2021

The Conversation: Alexander G, Maritz B and Tolley K “Red tape is choking biodiversity research in South Africa. What can be done about it?” & October 2021

Climate Change and Energy

Lexology CMS: Noeth G “South Africa’s renewable energy industry to power ahead” 6 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Stoddard E “Mantashe says nuclear is the ‘saviour’ while Ramaphosa punts hydrogen and green energy “ 7 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Wood S “The price of going green: Counting the macroeconomic costs of climate mitigation” 6 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Ngcuka O “Some SA banks committed to fossil fuel disinvestment — others aim to keep coal and oil financing furnaces burning” 4 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Böttzauw K and Rehfeld TE “Green transition to renewables is a massive job creator — South Africa can learn from Denmark’s mistakes” 4 October 2021

Daily Maverick: “South Africa’s troubled power utility is being reset: Eskom CEO André de Ruyter explains how” 3 October 2021

IOL: Naidoo D “Open Dialogues on Climate Change – On the ground with South African youth climate activists” 8 October 2021

Biznews: “Fuel stations save costs through solar photovoltaic power” 7 October 2021

Biznews: “‘PowerPulse cuts through the fog’ of solar power – Standard Bank’s Deerosh Maharaj” 6 October 2021

Bizcommunity: “Gauteng, Northern Cape, Sasol sign memoranda on green hydrogen” 7 October 2021

allAfrica: Van Diemen E “South Africa: World Bank Says Climate-Smart Infrastructure Investments Could ‘Deliver Benefits’ to South Africa Worth R10-Trillion” 7 October 2021

Mining Weekly: Burger S “Feasibility study finds hydrogen corridor could add up to $8.8bn to South Africa’s GDP by 2050” 8 October 2021

Environmental enforcement

Daily Maverick: Ellis E “Eastern Cape communities secure a major high court victory on providing water” 6 October 2021

Bizcommunity: Corlin L “Combatting an invisible killer: New WHO air pollution guidelines recommend sharply lower limits” 6 October 2021

allAfrica: “South Africa: Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment On Arrest of an Official From North West Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism in Connection With Illegal Rhino Horn Trade” 7 October 2021

DFFE: “North West conservation official and businessman arrested for illegally dealing in rhino horn” 7 October 2021

Local Government

Daily Maverick: Evans J “Solar-powered house in Soweto shines a light on an obvious solution to electricity woes” 8 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Banda M “Joburg mayor lauds signing of power purchase agreement as means of addressing city’s electricity woes” 8 October 2021

IOL: “Cape Town to boast Africa’s first truly biophilic building” 7 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Shoba S “The reality of living on the street in SA” 10 October 2021


MSN: Gwegwe S “Chaos: 300 illegal miners attack security, 30 arrested, six killed” 7 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Muponde T “How mining in SA continues to diminish the rights of women” 7 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Carnie T “Fundamentally flawed: Landmark court case falters, one year after murder of anti-mining activist Mam Fikile Ntshangase” 6 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Bloom K “Assault on the West Coast: Inside the illegal diamond mining applications” 3 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Stoddard E “Anglo American Platinum selects preferred supplier to build 100MW solar plant at Limpopo mine” 6 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Van Diemen E “Mantashe punts ‘clean’ coal at mining summit while Cabinet colleagues pitch green energy finance to rich countries” 3 October 2021

IOL: Faku D “Mining companies have failed to speak up about the environmental devastation they cause” 7 October 2021

TimesLive: Reid H and Winning A “SA should not rush its transition away from coal, says Gwede Mantashe” 7 October 2021

Mining Weekly: Arnoldi M “Panel urges responsible coal phase-out” 8 October 2021

Mining Weekly: Slater D “Mining industry embraces decarbonisation” 8 October 2021

Mining Weekly: Creamer M “South Africa’s exploration investment lowest since democracy began, Joburg Indaba hears” 7 October 2021

Water, Waste, Oceans and Chemicals

Daily Maverick: Pretorius G/A “Turning trash into treasure: South African artists join forces with waste reclaimers to create works of value” 6 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Sgqolana T “Strangling the ocean: Volunteers are trawling the South African coastline to find out where all the plastic pollution is coming from” 6 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Evans J “Eskom emits more sulphur dioxide than any power company in the world — latest research” 5 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Carnie T “Minister Barbara Creecy pledges clampdown on South Africa’s hidden toxic chemical storehouses after UPL disaster” 3 October 2021

IOL: Guy D “Overcoming the nurdle hurdle” 9 October 2021


Lexology ENS: Frittelli Davies C and Mchunu N “Labels – Green is the new Black” 5 October 2021

GroundUp: Van Niekerk A “How chefs are turning waste into nutritious meals” 7 October 2021


Biodiversity, Soil, Protected Areas and Culture

IOL: Naidoo D “Watch: Greenpeace joins forces with UK fishermen to deliver a message to Parliament” 6 October 2021

allAfrica: Shikanda H “Kenya: Solar Fence to Help Keep Jumbos From Taita Homes, Farms” 9 October 2021

allAfrica: “Namibia: Poaching Cases Continue to Decline As Law Enforcers Tighten Noose” 8 October 2021

Climate Change and Energy

Lexology: “Q&A: electricity generation and transmission in Ghana” 29 September 2021

Bizcommunity: “Top 10 renewable energy projects in MSBGC region” 6 October 2021

Bizcommunity: “Global Wind Energy Council launches Africa WindPower” 6 October 2021

allAfrica: Brits M “Africa: Climate Services are Crucial for Climate Adaptation But Underfunded, Report Says #AfricaClimateCrisis” 8 October 2021

allAfrica: Baduza M “Africa: Climate Emergency Risks Becoming a Mental Health Emergency” 8 October 2021

allAfrica: “Namibia: Development Bank Opens Climate Change Adaptation Financing” 8 October 2021

allAfrica: “Africa: Education, Gender and Poverty Affect Climate Change Literacy in Africa” 8 October 2021

Local government

allAfrica: “Namibia: Water Woes Linger in Oshikoto… Villagers Say Situation Has Reached Alarming Levels” 8 October 2021


Delve Exchange Africa:
Virtual forums provide an opportunity for miners and our associations to connect online, with discussions covering a different topic each month. Recent forums have focussed on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mining and quarry sites. Past forums can be accessed on our dedicated YouTube channel and webpage (www.delveexchange.org). Membership of the Africa (English) Delve Exchange Group is strictly for artisanal and small-scale miners, quarry workers, traders and their cooperatives and associations. All other stakeholders are welcome to join the Delve Exchange Global News Group. The Delve Exchange was established with funding from the COVID-19 emergency window for the ASM sector from the World Bank’s Extractives Global Programmatic Support (EGPS) Trust Fund. EGPS supports resource-dependent developing countries to build extractive sectors that drive inclusive, sustainable growth and development and ultimately, poverty reduction. The Delve Exchange is seeking partners to offer practical online training opportunities to our membership of artisanal and small-scale miners. Please contact us if your organisation has a strong track record of empowering artisanal and small-scale miners and associations and deep hands-on experience with transformation to support sustainable development of the sector. A curated Global WhatsApp news group offers content highlights from the Delve Exchange for a broader audience. Anyone interested in artisanal and small-scale mining and quarrying is welcome to join this group to keep informed, hear stories from miners and our associations, and support the network.

Open regional WhatsApp groups are for artisanal and small-scale miners, quarry workers, traders and our associations. Members share stories through video, voice or text about our practices, learning and challenges. The groups are facilitated in one of three network languages: English, French or Spanish according to the region. Read the community guidelines here. Read the contribution guidelines here.

Water, oceans, waste and chemicals

The South African: “In Egypt’s Red Sea, corals fade as oceans warm” 7 October 2021

The Conversation: Funk C “Scientists sound the alarm over drought in East Africa: what must happen next” 4 October 2021


Science: Vogel G “In landmark decision, WHO greenlights rollout in Africa of the first malaria vaccine” 6 October 2021

allAfrica: “Nigeria: IFAD Raises Alarm On How Declining Biodiversity Threatens Food Production” 8 October 2021


Biodiversity, Protected Areas, and Culture

USA White House: “Fact Sheet: President Biden Restores Protections for Three National Monuments and Renews American Leadership to Steward Lands, Waters, and Cultural Resources” 7 October 2021

USA White House: “A Proclamation on Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument” 8 October 2021

Science: Normile D “Biodiversity summit offers China a chance to burnish its environmental credentials” 8 October 2021

Euractiv: Dahm J “Six EU countries ‘strongly’ condemn Commission’s EU forest strategy” 8 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Wells H, Ward N and Crego RD “Conservationists want to let elephants loose in Europe — here’s what could happen” 5 October 2021

The Guardian: Latham K “How biodiversity loss is jeopardising the drugs of the future” 9 October 2021

BBC: Briggs H “Biodiversity loss risks ‘ecological meltdown’ – scientists” 10 October 2021

Reuters: “U.N. urges nations to spend more on species protection as new pact talks begin” 10 October 2021

Climate Change and Energy

The Conversation: Parenteau P and Stevens R “Puerto Rico has a once-in-a-lifetime chance to build a clean energy grid – but FEMA plans to spend $9.4 billion on fossil fuel infrastructure instead” 4 October 2021

Lexology: “COP26 series: nationally determined contributions” 1 October 2021

Lexology: “Report: DOJ Launches Investigation into Alleged Energy Pricing Benchmark Fraud” [USA] 5 October 2021

Lexology: “Treasury Department Seeks Public Input on Insurance Sector and Climate-Related Financial Risks” 5 October 2021

Lexology: “Global investors set out expectations of companies on climate risks and opportunities” [USA] 6 October 2021

Lexology: “New ways towards the energy transition” 6 October 2021

Lexology: “Germany: The German National Hydrogen Strategy and international hydrogen partnerships” 6 October 2021

Lexology: “Are wind farms a nuisance?” [Australia] 6 October 2021

Mail & Guardian: Kings S “Covid may collapse climate talks” 8 October 2021

Carbon Pulse: “Carbon Forward 2021: EU industry to face diverging carbon costs from new policies” 8 October 2021

Bloomberg: “Large Methane Clouds Spotted Near Gas Pipelines in Iran” 8 October 2021

The Jurist: Mauroni A “Canada invokes 1977 treaty to force continued use of Great Lakes pipeline” 5 October 2021

The Guardian: Kaminski A “Fossil fuel companies paying top law firms millions to ‘dodge responsibility’” 9 October 2021

The Guardian: Carrington D “‘Eco’ wood stoves emit 750 times more pollution than an HGV, study shows” 9 October 2021

The Guardian: Bryant M “National Grid in talks over plan for energy island in North Sea” 8 October 2021

The Guardian: Horton H “Lake District sewage could leave Windermere ‘ecologically dead’” 8 October 2021

The Guardian: Carrington D “Historical climate emissions reveal responsibility of big polluting nations” 5 October 2021

The Independent: Cockburn H “Water shortage threatens critical hydroelectric power supplies in Northern Europe” 4 October 2021

MSN_DW: “Fuel shortage forces Lebanon’s state power plants to shut” 9 October 2021

BBC: “All UK’s electricity will come from clean sources by 2035, says PM” 4 October 2021

BBC: “Conwy council: RWE’s Awel y Mor offshore wind farm opposed” 9 October 2021

Euractiv: “Geothermal energy” 8 October 2021

Euractiv: Taylor K “EU ministers sign off on COP26 position, with one caveat” 7 October 2021

Euractiv: “Countries are wasting money on energy sources they already know are history” 7 October 2021

Carbon Brief: “Analysis: Which countries are historically responsible for climate change?” 5 October 2021

Clean Energy Wire: Wettengel J “Climate and energy stumbling blocks for the 2021 German coalition talks” 7 October 2021

Environmental Enforcement

Lexology: “Walleys Quarry Landfill: High Court judgment on regulation of noxious emissions” [UK] 5 October 2021

UNHRC: James May sent the following message: “The UN Human Rights Council debated and voted on whether to recognise a Right to a Healthy Environment on 8 October 2021. The proceedings are here (UN TV). The UNHRC has voted in favor of adopting the resolution recognizing a Human Right to a Healthy Environment by vote of 43 (yes) – 0 (no) – 4 (abstain).” From John Knox: “The four abstentions were China, India, Japan, and Russia. The UK, after signalling all along that it would abstain, actually voted in favor! This paves the way for adoption at the UNGA later this fall, but with the UN, nothing is certain.” See screen shot of the votes [Rebecca Bratspies]. The American colleagues also noted their concern about the USA’s oppositions against this (they are not part of the UHRC). From Narula Smita: “The HRC also voted to establish a UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Climate Change with 42 states in support, 4 abstentions (China, Eritrea, India, and Japan) and 1 no (Russia).” For the wording of the document that was adopted, see Annexure to this email (**please refer to the email sent by ELA secretary on 11 October 2021, titled “Newsletter #38″)

Local government

DW: “Building: What’s the big deal for the environment?” 7 October 2021

Science: Cornwall W “Extreme heat is broiling people in developing cities” 4 October 2021

Reuters: “Greece doubles power bill help for households as prices soar” 8 October 2021

BBC: “Isle of Man eco-home: Court rules man must leave woodland cabin” 8 October 2021


Mining Weekly: “Mexico will reject private lithium deals even if reform bill fails – President” 7 October 2021

Water, Oceans, Waste and Chemicals

IISD ENB: Helfenstein K “Healing the Ozone Layer Through Diplomacy” 13 September 2021

Lexology: “U.S. EPA Announces Further Regulation of Manufactured Goods Under Toxic Substances Control Act” [USA] 5 October 2021

Lexology: “Shipping and the Environment” [USA] 28 June 2021

DW: “US: California combats major oil spill” 6 October 2021

The Jurist: Eachambadi R “California governor signs legislation to tackle plastic pollution and ban use of toxic chemicals” 7 October 2021

The Jurist: Gillett MT “US Supreme Court hears first two cases of new term on water rights, ACCA” 5 October 2021

The Guardian: Gammon K “Why California’s enormous oil spill won’t be its last” 9 October 2021

The Independent: Cockburn H “Almost 30,000 coffee pods go to landfill each month and take 500 years to decompose” 6 October 2021

Euractiv: Taylor K “NGOs call for ban on waste shipment out of the EU” 8 October 2021


Lexology: “Global: Dusting down ESG and employment – why we can’t neglect the S“  1 October 2021

Lexology: “Certification of Ethics: Are They Worth It?” 5 October 2021

DW: “Conflict being driven by ecological damage, report finds” 7 October 2021

Science: Sokol J “Satellite swarms are threatening the night sky—and creating a new zone of environmental conflict” 7 October 2021

Science: Cho A “Research in climate modeling and complex systems wins Nobel Prize in Physics” 5 October 2021

Euractiv: “Brussels seeks ‘international coalition’ on trade in green goods” 8 October 2021

Reuters: Szymanska Z and Escritt T “Three decades on, German mushrooms still show imprint of Chernobyl” 8 October 2021

Carbon Brief: “Analysis: The lack of diversity in climate-science research” 6 October 2021

Conferences, Workshops, Study Opportunities


IEM Training Course  Yes We Can!
Dates: 15 and 16 November 2021
Place: Skukuza
Course offered by SE Solutions’ Sean O/Beirne and Vici Napier. Attendance is limited to 35 persons, so please register early to secure your attendance.
For more information Glaudin Kruger Kruger & Associates Tel: 072 320 7015 / 028 316 2905 E-mail:

NWU Business School: Think Tank 2021:7 – The Protection of Whistleblowers Webinar
Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Time: 15:00 – 17:00
More information and registration


SCELG @COP2: Climate Change Legislation, Litigation and the Rule of Law
When: 6th November 2021, 12:00-6:30pm
Where: Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow / hybrid event
Sessions will provide timely insights on the following themes:

  • The relationship between climate change legislation and litigation
  • Cross-cutting themes and trends in domestic climate litigation
  • Climate change in international courts, commissions, committees and arbitration courts
  • Key elements of an effective legislative framework
  • Gauging the effectiveness of climate change litigation

The program includes a lunch before the first session, and a reception follows the last session. SCELG also will formally announce the launch of the Climate Change Litigation Initiative (C2LI) web-based platform during the event – Registration This event will be in a hybrid format, but there will be limited space for in person attendance.  The event is free to attend.

University of Waikato: Te Piringa Environmental Law Symposium
Date Tuesday 19 October 2021
Time 8:30am – 5:45pm (New Zealand Time)
Online Event:  ZOOM Webinar Please register to receive the ZOOM Webinar Link
Registration and more information

Innovate4Cities Conference is one of the largest urban governance international conferences to take the place this year.  The event is virtual and co-hosted by the IPCC, UN-Habitat and the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.
CLES is co-hosting a panel session next week Thursday (14 October) with the Energy Programme of KAS, based in Nairobi. Please have a look at the conference programme and the focus areas covered.  You will see that the world’s best-known urban scholars and institutions are all involved in this event and that many of your research areas will receive air time at the conference.

I (Willemien du Plessis) will be moderating on the 14th and Chantelle Moyo is participating as a panel member in the panel on: The Quest for Climate Change Mitigation and Local Sustainable Development: how can municipalities in developing countries deliver?  We are honored by this opportunity. You are also welcome to consider participating in the conference.  Registration is free: https://i4c.conference.evey.live/conferences/innovate-4-cities/pages/about-i4c

CLE Speaker Series 2021-2022: Kelsey Skaggs of the Climate Defense Project: Climate Lawyers for the Climate Movement
Date: 14 October 2021
Time: 09:30 Pacific
Register here

Vacancies, Bursaries, Funding, Opportunities, etc.


LexisNexis: Expert Witness Research Analyst
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RELX: Court Research Analyst
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University of KwaZulu Natal: SFTP Coordinator
Closing date: 20 October 2021
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Absolut Career Personnel: Candidate Attorney, Pretoria, Gauteng
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Reckitt: Legal Graduate, Johannesburg, Gauteng
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Russia: Bachelor’s, MASTER’S and PhD
Bachelors, Master’s and PhD degree scholarship in Russia.
Deadline for scholarship applications: 01 November 2021.

Mandela Institute of Development Studies:  Sub-Saharan Africa: Honour’s and Master’s
Honours and Master’s degrees scholarship in sub-Saharan African country. Various fields of study available.
Deadline for scholarship applications: Some regions in Africa have varying application deadlines; scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  Read more

Cape Peninsula University of Technology Unit for Applied Law: Senior Lecturer in Applied Legal Studies


City University of Hong Kong: Dean of School of Energy and Environment
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Carbon Market Associate, The Nature Conservancy – Arlington/London/Elsewhere

Head of Research and Innovations, SustainCERT, Luxembourg / Amsterdam / Switzerland / Elsewhere

University of Canberra Pro Vice-Chancellor (Future Students)
Closing date: 5 November 2021
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Griffith University: 120188 – Dean (Learning and Teaching) – Arts, Education and Law
Closing date: 31 October 2021
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University of Toronto School of the Environment: Assistant Professor in Sustainability Transition

University of Copenhagen Department of Food and Resource Economics: Associate Professor of Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

University of Helsinki Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry:  Postdoctoral Researcher in Environmental Social Sciences

University of Toronto Faculty of Law:  Assistant Professor in Business Law

University of Toronto Faculty of Law: Assistant Professor in Law

University of Oslo Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law:  PhD Fellowship in Law

University of California Berkeley School of Law: Assistant Professor/Professor in Jurisprudence and Social Policy


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