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31 October 2021



Draft Division of Revenue Amendment Bill for 2021/2022 – GN 1436 in GG 45390 of 27 October 2021 – Financial Year, notice of intention to introduce and explanatory summary


Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002 – Directions

  • GN 1091 in GG 45379 of 22 October 2021 – Directions on measures to address, prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19 in the air services for adjusted alert level 1 published, GN 158 in GG 44208 of 1 March 2021 amended and GN 1077 in GG 45376 of 22 October 2021
  • Gen Notice 633 in GG 45380 of 22 October 2021 – Directions regarding the reopening of schools and measures to address, prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19 in the National Department of Basic Education, and Provincial Departments of Education, and all schools in the Republic of South Africa published in Gen Notice 42 in GG 44154 of 12 February 2021 amended
  • GN 1438 in GG 45392 of 28 October 2021 – Withdrawal of various directions regarding measures to address, prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19 relating to:
    •  biodiversity auctions published in GN 1064 in GG 43778 of 7 October 2020, as amended by GN 187 in GG 44246 of 5 March 2021
    • the biodiversity sector published in GN 591 in GG 44807 of 5 July 2021, as amended by GN 619 in GG 44862 of 16 July 2021
    • the freshwater and marine fishing sectors published in GN 538 in GG 43324 of 14 May 2020
    • the freshwater and marine fishing sectors published in GN 648 in GG 43410 of 5 June 2020
    • the recycling of waste published in GN 539 in GG 43325 of 14 May 2020


Pension Funds Act 24 of 1956 – GN 1460 in GG 45396 of 29 October 2021 – Draft amendments to regulation 28 -for comment

Hazardous Substances Act 15 of 1973 – GN 1456 in GG 45396 of 29 October 2021 – Proposed Regulations Relating to Lead in Paint or Coating Materials, 2021 – for comment

Magistrates Act 90 of 1993 – GN R933 in GG 45395 of 29 October 2021 – Regulations for Judicial Officers in Lower Courts, 1994 amended

World Heritage Convention Act 49 of 1999 – GN 1455 in GG 45396 of 29 October 2021 – Extension of comment period on notice of intention to proclaim certain land situated in the Western and Eastern Cape to be part of the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas World Heritage Site

National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act 57 of 2003 – GN 1454 in GG 45396 of 29 October 2021 – Notice of intention to declare land to be part of the existing Mountain Zebra-Camdeboo Protected Environment – for comment

National Energy Regulator Act 40 of 2004 – GN 1439 in GG 45393 of 28 October 2021 – National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA): Notice of public hearing on the electricity industry price determination methodology

Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014 – Gen Notice 634 in GG 45396 of 29 October 2021 – Legal Practice Council: Rules published in terms of ss. 95 (1), 95 (3) and 109 (2) amended


Eastern Cape

Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act 16 of 2013 – LAN 277 in PG 4643 of 25 October 2021 – Kouga Local Municipality – Appointment of members to the Municipal Planning Tribunal with effect from 1 November 2021

KwaZulu Natal

Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act 16 of 2013 – MN 102 in PG 2331 of 28 October 2021 – King Cetshwayo District, and uMhlathuze and uMfolozi Local Municipalities – Establishment of the King Cetshwayo North Joint Municipal Planning Tribunal

Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act 16 of 2013 – MN 103 in PG 2332 of 28 October 2021 – Msunduzi Local Municipality – Spatial Planning and Land Use Management By-law, 2021

Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act 16 of 2013 – MN 104 in PG 2333 of 28 October 2021 –  Msunduzi Local Municipality – Appointment of the Municipal Planning Tribunal


Local Government: Municipal Structures Act 117 of 1998 – PN 133 in PG 3208 of 22 October 2021 – Amendment notice to the Disestablishment of existing municipalities and establishment of new municipalities as published under PN 94 in PG 2735 of 22 July 2016

North West

North West MSA sec 47 report – PN 182 in PG 8283 of 27 October 2021 – Bokone Bophirima Consolidated Performance Report on municipalities for the 2018/19 financial year




Samancor Chrome Limited v Tennant Metals South Africa (Pty) Ltd (2021/17223) [2021] ZAGPJHC 586 (25 October 2021)
“[1] This is the consideration of an extended return date of an ex parte Anton Piller order granted on 12 April 2021 (“the order”) and executed on 19 April 2021. The applicant sought confirmation of the order together with ancillary relief. The respondent opposed the application and sought the discharge of the rule nisi, alternatively an amended order limiting the ambit and scope thereof.
[2] The applicant is the largest of only two producers of ferrochrome in South Africa. The respondent is a commodity trader in, inter alia ferrochrome, which makes up only some 2 % of its sales. The parties are not competitors.
[3] The genesis of the application lies in a theft of some 120 metric tons of the applicant’s ferrochrome during September 2020 after certain railway wagons were diverted to the Transnet Belfast station en route to Richards Bay, where two rail wagons were removed from the train, allegedly for repairs. The ferrochrome was loaded onto trucks and transported at the behest of an entity styled Living Waters Logistics (Pty) Ltd (“Living Waters”) to Bridgeport, a storage facility in Johannesburg, at the instance of the respondent. The respondent on-sold the ferrochrome at a profit to third parties. This much was common cause between the parties.
[4] The applicant’s case was that It was not disputed that high value ferrochrome was not readily available to any customer and was not available in the informal market. It was undisputed that the respondent had purchased the applicant’s stolen ferrochrome and had on-sold it at a profit to a third party. The respondent’s contention that it did not have knowledge the ferrochrome was stolen and could not have established the ownership of the ferrochrome bought in the Living Waters transaction was thus untenable. The applicant had never engaged the services of Living Waters, Bridgeport or the respondent in respect of the stolen ferrochrome. Living Waters and its director, Ms Adhip, were instrumental in facilitating the transportation of the stolen ferrochrome from Transnet Belfast to Bridgeport at the instance of the respondent. The applicant had suffered a loss of some R1 441 000[1] in respect of the Living Waters transaction. It had reason to believe that the respondent, together with Living Waters and Bridgeport, were complicit in the theft of the ferrochrome and were part of a syndicate.
[5] The respondent’s case was that it had concluded a single transaction with Living Waters on 9 September 2020. It had purchased some of the ferrochrome with a value of some R1.4 million, via its agent, Pharon Metals (Pty) Ltd and its principal Mr Marques, who acts as the respondent’s BBBEEE development supplier and from time to time in this capacity promotes, procures, distributes and brokers commodity trades for the respondent. The respondent had sold the ferrochrome to a third party at a profit. The respondent however vehemently denied that it had stolen, participated or was involved in any theft, purported scheme or syndicate in relation to the ferrochrome in question. It disputed that it had any knowledge that the ferrochrome was stolen or that it reasonably could or should have taken any steps to establish the ownership of the ferrochrome before purchasing it. On its version, it had voluntarily provided the applicant with the relevant documentation pertaining to the Living Waters transaction after the execution of the Anton Piller order, which was the first time it had become aware that the ferrochrome was stolen.”


The Australian Climate Case – more information here



Centre for Environmental Rights: Nicholas King (Expert Report) Climate Change Implications for SA’s Youth 26 August 2021

News, Blogs, Discussions, Websites, Videos, ETC

South Africa

Biodiversity, Protected Areas, Culture

CapeNature: “CapeNature urges the public to practice fire safety this fire season” 5 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Sgqolana T “Hundreds of malnourished Cape fur seals wash up dead on South Africa’s shores” 25 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Ngcuka O “WWF programme seeks to reduce Cape wine farms’ strain on floral kingdom biodiversity” 26 October 2021

CapeNature: “Ghosted: First Scientific Record of Albino Honey Badger on De Hoop Nature Reserve” 30 October 2021

Climate Change and Energy

Department Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment: “Minister Creecy briefs media ahead of The Glascow International Climate Talks” 22 October 2021

BizNews: “New brooms and power – Eskom’s painful plan” 26 October 2021

Mail&Guardian: Bega S “Cities will feel the heat from climate change” 27 October 2021

Mail&Guardian: Phillips T “SA proposes new climate finance target ahead of COP26” 28 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Thorne S “Light bulb moment: Climate debate is not about profits for the big utilities – it’s about power to the people” 28 October 2021

Reuters: Abnett K “EU to launch COP26 project with South Africa to speed up coal exit” 28 October 2021

Mail&Guardian: Zali M “Mantashe unveils 25 renewable energy bidders” 29 October 2021

Mail&Guardian: Bega S “South Africa unprepared for intense heatwaves of the next 20 years” 29 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Ngcuka O “South Africa goes into COP26 with justice in mind” 31 October 2021

Mail&Guardian: Bega S “COP26: ‘We don’t want this terrible future’” 31 October 2021

Environmental enforcement

Survey: The State of Impact Assessment
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is currently undertaking research looking at the main trends, opportunities, and challenges in the field of Impact Assessment (IA). We would be most grateful if you would kindly assist us by taking 10 minutes of your time to complete a short survey. The survey is aimed towards Environmental Assessment Practitioners, Authorities, Specialists, Researchers, Businesspeople, Non-Government Organisations, and anyone who plays a role in IA.
Survey link: https://bit.ly/CSIR_IAsurvey
Closing date: 12 November 2021

Department Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment: “Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment to review the West Coast Rock Lobster Total Allowable Catch (Tac) for the 2021/2022 Fishing Season” 25 October 2021 (more here)

GroundUp: Human L “Fishers march against lobster quota” 28 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Cruywagen V “White City, Saldanha Bay: A community devastated by quotas and rising costs” 29 October 2021

Local Government

GroundUp: Kretzmann S “Elections 2021: Mogale City in the dumps” 28 October 2021

GroundUp: Sizani M “Families living in Tsolo forest say they won’t be voting on Monday” (Eastern Cape) 28 October 2021

GroundUp: Kretzmann S “Cape Town’s polluted vleis costing jobs” 29 October 2021

Polity: News24Wire “Soweto residents take to the streets to demand electricity ahead of Cyril Ramaphosa’s visit to the area” 29 October 2021

Polity: (media statement) “Limpopo Special Economic Zones will change the socio-economic landscape of the Northern Region” 29 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Evans J “‘A story of South Africa’: Emfuleni residents fed up with Vaal River pollution inertia” 29 October 2021


Daily Maverick: Planting S “Cleaner energy future: Coal mining houses Exxaro and Seriti hope green is the new black” 25 October 2021

Extractives Baraza: “Eskom to Jointly Develop Solar Projects at South African Coal Mines” 25 October 2021 (more here)

Mining News: Phoshoko D “Minerals Council publishes Facts and Figures 2020 Book” 26 October 2021

Polity: (media statement) “Government, industry establish a forum enabling participation by organised labour in SA’s mining modernisation research agenda” 27 October 2021

CER: “Mining in Mabola: The slow violence of environmental degradation” 27 October 2021(article in CityPress)

Polity: Creamer M “Sibanye-Stillwater well positioned as climate resilient business – Froneman” 27 October 2021

Mining News: Phoshoko D “Two fatalities at Harmony’s Kusasalethu mine” 27 October 2021

Mail&Guardian: Bega S “Reforming Sasol and Eskom: South Africa’s ‘carbon criminals’” 28 October 2021

Polity: (media statement) “Mpumalanga High Court Slams Lily Mine Business Rescue Practitioners” 29 October 2021


AmaBhungane: Reddy M “Hawks investigating ‘Malema-linked’ fuel tender” 28 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Ngcuka O “Any climate-friendly parties out there worthy of your vote?” 28 October 2021

Polity: News24Wire “SAHRC to probe July unrest that claimed more than 300 lives and cost SA billions” 29 October 2021

Mail&Guardian: Zali M “Put health at heart of climate agenda” 30 October 2021

TimesLive: Mabuza E “Botched fuel theft on Transnet pipeline in Durban believed to be cause of fire that claimed three lives” 31 October 2021


Biodiversity, Soil, Protected Areas and Culture

GreenPeace: Harris T “Leading forest scientists call for a freeze on new logging in the Congo, urge governments to act” 28 October 2021 (More here, and here)

Daily Maverick: Naidoo J “Indigenous voices speak the truth that can help save our planet” 29 October 2021

Climate Change and Energy

Lexology: “In review: renewable energy policy and regulation in Egypt” 11 August 2021

Lexology: “Q&A: the legal framework for renewable energy in Tanzania” 28 August 2021

Daily Maverick: Reeler J “Climate crisis: Critical issues for Team SA to raise at the upcoming COP26” 25 October 2021

The Conversation: Newsham A “Lessons from Zimbabwe’s tobacco farmers for the COP26 climate change talks” 25 October 2021

The Conversation: Westscott N “Five climate change messages from the African continent” 26 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Savvidou G “Five ways in which finance for climate adaptation in Africa falls short” 26 October 2021

IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: “Africa-Europe Partnership Addresses High Cost of Inaction on Energy” 27 October 2021

The Conversation: Simpson N “Africa’s first continent-wide survey of climate change literacy finds education is key” 27 October 2021

The Conversation: Erickson P “Climate change is already hitting Africa’s livestock. Here’s how COP26 can help” 28 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Evans J “Climate crisis: One million people face famine in Madagascar, reports Amnesty International” 28 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Msuya J “Bold, unified continental climate action at COP26 and beyond the only choice for Africa’s future survival” 28 October 2021

Mail&Guardian: Bega S “Climate crisis causes meltdown of Africa’s three mountain glaciers” 28 October 2021 (based on State of the Climate in Africa Report 2020)

AllAfrica: Elumoye D “Nigeria: Osinbajo Urges Developed Countries to Favour Africa in Energy Transition” 30 October 2021

AllAfrica: Mureithi  F “East Africa: Climate Change Pressure Fueling Conflict in Horn of Africa” 31 October 2021

AllAfrica: “Zimbabwe: ED Has Left for Glasgow, Chiwenga Acting President” 31 October 2021 (More here)

Environmental enforcement

Lexology: Herbert Smith Freehills “ESG tracker SADC region” 21 October 2021

AllAfrica: Macharia M “East Africa: Religious Groups Oppose Historic Fuel Pipeline” 29 October 2021

Local government

Inhlase: Hlatshwayo V “It’s a total rip-off, water company rakes in millions from waterless communities” (Eswatini) 7 October 2021

IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: “UNECA Develops City-Level Indicators for Monitoring Sustainable Development” 25 October 2021

The Conversation: Magidi M “How the informal economy solves some urban challenges in a Zimbabwean town” 28 October 2021

Inhlase:  Hlatshwayo V “Revealing developments of water blues in Somntongo” (Eswatini) 28 October 2021


Extractives Baraza: “Uganda: Judges Return to School for Oil and Gas Studies” 25 October 2021

Polity: (media statement) “WHO’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Serves as Reminder of Crisis at World’s Most Toxic Lead Mine” 25 October 2021

Extractives Baraza: “Kenya: Profit From Illicit Mining, Not Political Power, Behind Insurgency in Great Lakes” 25 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Stoddard E “Gwede Mantashe punts nuclear and Karoo shale gas in address to NUM” 26 October 2021

Lexology: “At a glance: mining duties, royalties and taxes in Angola” 27 May 2021

Lexology: “At a glance: mining duties, royalties and taxes in Democratic Republic of Congo” 27 May 2021

Lexology: “First-step analysis: the oil market and regulation in Nigeria” 29 May 2021

Lexology : ENR Advisory “First-step analysis: the oil market and regulation in Nigeria” 29 May 2021


Extractives Baraza: “Kenya: ‘Territorial Aggression’: Kenya Will Not Back Down in Somalia Boundary Dispute” 25 October 2021

Nature: (editorial) “The COVID pandemic must lead to tuberculosis vaccines” 27 October 2021

AllAfrica: Munhende L “Zimbabwe: U.S. Govt Dismisses UN Special Rapporteur’s Call for Removal of Sanctions in Zim” 31 October 2021



Biodiversity, Protected Areas, and Culture

Polity: Creamer M “Canada’s First Nations see green hydrogen as an indigenous reconciliation opportunity” 25 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Del Monte C “Building back nature is more complicated than just planting trees” 25 October 2021

Lexology: “Aboriginal heritage law reform following the Juukan Gorge Inquiry” [Australia] 26 October 2021

Climate Change and Energy


Lexology : Reed Smith LLP “COP26 – The benchmarks for its success or failure” 21 October 2021

Lexology: Gowling WLG “Countdown to COP26 – A time for action?” 22 October 2021

Carbon Pulse: “Saudi Arabia targets net zero emissions by 2060, joins global methane pledge” 25 October 2021

IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: “Indigenous Peoples Must be Central to Tackling the Climate Crisis” 25 October 2021

Nature: Tollefson J “COP26 climate summit: A scientists’ guide to a momentous meeting” 25 October 2021

Lexology: Mathys & Squire LLP “Spotlight on COP26: The significance of innovation in tackling climate change” 25 October 2021

Carbon Pulse: “Australia announces 2050 net zero target, but 2030 goal remains unchanged” 26 October 2021

Lexology: “COP26 and insurance – A general primer” 26 October 2021

RepublicWorld.com: Roushan A “Australia: Torres Strait Islanders File Case Against Govt For Inaction On Climate Change” 27 October 2021

CarbonBrief: “Analysis: How delegations at COP climate summits have changed over time” 27 October 2021

Lexology: HFW “COP 26 – Article 6, Nationalisation risk and What it means for voluntary markets” 27 October 2021

IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: “Decoding Net-Zero Pledges to Meet Paris Agreement Goals, SDG 7” 27 October 2021

IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: “IEA Flagship Offers Guidance to COP 26 to Accelerate Energy Transitions” 27 October 2021

Lexology: White & Case LLP “4 Things Businesses Need to Know About COP26” 27 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Kyte R “COP26: Four key issues to watch as world leaders prepare for the Glasgow climate summit” 28 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Van Diemen E “How we got to COP26, humanity’s last, best hope to keep the planet livable” 28 October 2021

Reuters: Miglani S “India rejects net zero carbon emissions target, says pathway more important” 28 October 2021

Mail&Guardian: Phillips T “Updated climate change pledges insufficient to prevent more disaster” 29 October 2021

CarbonBrief: (multiple authors) “Interactive: Who wants what at the COP26 climate change summit” 29 October 2021

Carbon Pulse: “COP26 PREVIEW: Nations under pressure to finalise carbon market rules in Glasgow” 29 October 2021 (subscription needed)

Mail&Guardian: Phillips T “COP26: Fossil fuel firms sponsor climate talks” 30 October 2021

The Guardian: Mason R “Call for world leaders to ‘banish ghosts of past’ with Cop26 climate vows” 31 October 2021


IISD ENB: UN Framework Convention on Climate Change – UNFCCC | Glasgow Climate Change Conference (31 October – 12 November 2021 | Glasgow, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

Clean Energy Wire: Wettengel J “Who sets the targets? Expert Q&A on European energy and climate policy” 14 January 2021

Clean Energy Wire: Wettengel J “Energy transition in EU takes centre stage in quest for climate neutrality” 12 October 2021

CarbonBrief: Liu J “Analysis: Nine key moments that changed China’s mind about climate change” 25 October 2021

Carbon Pulse: “Nations could deliver $100 bln climate finance promise three years late” 25 October 2021

Carbon Pulse: “Lack of transparency casts doubt on “carbon neutral” fuel deals –report” 25 October 2021

Carbon Pulse: “No changes as China releases climate plan, but details to be hammered out” 25 October 2021

france24: “Greenhouse gas levels hit record high and increased at faster rate in 2020” 25 October 2021

Reuters: Abnett K and Strauss M “Nine EU countries oppose electricity market reforms as fix for energy price spike” 25 October 2021

IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: “2021 Production Gap Report: Net-Zero Pledges Not Reflected in Fossil Fuel Production Planning” 25 October 2021

Carbon Pulse: “EU emissions drop 10% amid pandemic restrictions as renewables rise to top” 26 October 2021

Carbon Pulse: “Climate pledges to have only slight impact on 2030 emissions pathway – UN report” 26 October 2021 – also read IISD SDG Knowledge Hub

CarbonBrief: Hausfather Z “UNEP: Current climate commitments are ‘weak promises, not yet delivered’” 26 October 2021

Extractives Baraza: “Sturgeon: Scottish Government No Longer Supports ‘Unlimited’ Oil and Gas Recovery” 26 October 2021

Extractives Baraza: “Exploring the Role of Oil & Gas Companies in the Global Energy Transition” 26 October 2021

CarbonBrief: (multiple authors) “Autumn budget 2021: Key climate and energy announcements (UK)” 27 October 2021

The Guardian: Touma R “‘Hollow’: how the Australian government’s 2050 net zero pledge was reported around the world” 27 October 2021

Carbon Pulse: “Shell aims for 50% cut in Scope 1 & 2 emissions by 2030” 28 October 2021

Mail&Guardian: Zali M “Infrastructure and development plans must align” 29 October 2021

Clean Energy Wire: Amelang S “Environmentally damaging subsidies in Germany cost 65 billion euros” 29 October 2021

Carbon Pulse: “New Zealand’s updated NDC promises deeper emissions cuts, offset buying” 31 October 2021 (subscription needed)

Environmental Enforcement

Lexology: “The French State ordered to “repair” failure of complying with its commitments relating to reducing greenhouse gas emissions” 18 October 2021

Lexology: “Santos victorious in scope 3 gas emissions case” [Australia] 21 October 2021

IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: “Harnessing the Groundswell of Health Sector Interest in Global Environmental Policy” 25 October 2021

IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: “Aarhus Convention Creates Mechanism to Better Protect Environmental Defenders” 25 October 2021

Lexology: “WA Environmental Protection Act Reform – the second wave of reform” 25 October 2021

Carbon Pulse: “Canada sees former climate activist Guilbeault named new environment minister” 26 October 2021

Lexology: “New Zealand Court of Appeal strikes out climate change claim” 26 October 2021

Lexology: “Court refuses to strike out claim for non-disclosure of climate risk to bondholders” [Australia] 27 October 2021

Carbon Pulse: “US Supreme Court accepts appeal to hamstring power sector CO2 regulations” 29 October 2021

Local government

Lexology: “Supreme Court gives guidance on “core policy” immunity” [Canada] 22 October 2021


Business Day: Kassai L “Glencore unit allegedly bribed Petrobras to secure supplies of maritime fuel” 22 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Walters T “Using Cape Town as a launchpad, Russia boasts of supergiant oil fields in Antarctic wilderness” 25 October 2021

Lexology: “Enhanced governmental oversight of foreign investments in rare earths” [Japan] 25 October 2021

Extractives Baraza: “Exploring the Role of Oil & Gas Companies in the Global Energy Transition” 25 October 2021

Extractives Baraza: “Sturgeon: Scottish Government No Longer Supports ‘Unlimited’ Oil and Gas Recovery” 25 October 2021

Extractives Baraza: “Swiss Mining Project Protest Triggers Regional Curfew in Guatemala” 25 October 2021

Extractives Baraza: “Caterpillar Gears Up for Green Energy Transition, Automation Age” 25 October 2021

Lexology: “Court dismisses challenge to Narrabri Gas Project consent” [Australia] 26 October 2021

Lexology: “Recent Legal and Political Developments in Chile and their Implications for Mining Companies” 27 October 2021

Lexology: “The Government confirms it is proceeding with Three Waters Reform” [New Zealand] 28 October 2021

Polity: Creamer M “Anglo American sets ambition to halve Scope 3 emissions by 2040” 29 October 2021

Water, Oceans, Waste and Chemicals

IISD ENB: Vienna Convention and Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer | Combined 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention (Part II) and 33rd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol | 23–29 October 2021 | Online

IISD ENB: Minamata Convention on Mercury | 4th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP-4) | 1–5 November 2021 | Online

41st Annual Colorado Law Conference on Natural Resources Equity in the Colorado River Basin: How to Sustainably Manage a Shrinking Resource Conference Recording Now Available

Lexology: “Rare rulemaking initiated by Arizona department of water resources” [USA] 18 October 2021

Lexology: Reed Smith LLP “IMO considers various measures to reduce GHG emissions from the maritime sector” 27 October 2021

Lexology: “At last, NSW water industry competition reform offers more certainty for water infrastructure and services” [Australia] 28 October 2021


Sustainability: “Sustainability Summit Post-Event Report 2021” held 21-23 September 2021

Lexology: Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP “Fueling a cleaner future: clean fuel standard rules and opportunities” (Canada) 21 October 2021

The Conversation: Mehmood H “New tools to map flood risk will help bring disaster planning up to date” 25 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Fabricius P “No nukes is good nukes: Nuclear test ban chief vows to get last few holdouts on board” 26 October 2021

Daily Maverick: Evans J “Bio boom time: How Finland leads the world on Sustainable Development Goals” 26 October 2021

Nature: Ernst A “Bryozoan fossils found at last in deposits from the Cambrian period” 27 October 2021

Nature: Kaack L “Machine learning enables global solar-panel detection” 27 October 2021

Conferences, Workshops, Study Opportunities


World Planning Day: Strengthening the Co-Production Paradigm in Planning (Promoting Government and Citizen Partnerships)
Dates: 8-9 November 2021
For any queries please contact

South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law,  Faculty of Law of the University of Johannesburg World Congress of Constitutional Law 2022
Date: 5-9 December 2022
Registration opened. Proposals for Open Workshops must be submitted by 30 November 2021 and Phase 1 of the submissions for all other workshop papers closes on 31 December 2021. The World Congress of Constitutional Law is the premiere event of the International Association of Constitutional Law and the most exciting event on the global constitutional law calendar. It is held every four years and brings together constitutional law scholars from around the world. It provides a unique opportunity to discuss the most important issues in constitutional law and for jurists from differing jurisdictions to meet and share ideas.
The Congress will be held for the first time on African soil in Johannesburg, South Africa from 5-9 December 2022. Please see our web-site for more details. We hope you will submit an open workshop proposal, paper proposal and register. There are special rates for attendees from Africa.

Call for papers:
Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA)
is pleased to announce the call for papers for the Ninth Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA 2022) which will be held in Stellenbosch (South Africa) from 13- 16 September 2022.

Call for papers:
SASCA 2022:
Constitutional Change and Constitutionalism in Africa
Date: 13-16 September 2022
Jointly organised by the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) of the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, the South African Research Chair in Multilevel Government, Law and Development (SARChI) at the Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape, and the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Rule of law Programme Sub-Saharan Africa (Anglophone Countries), based in Nairobi. Participants are drawn from African legal scholars, judges and legal practitioners as well as local and international scholars who have researched and written on the theme of the seminar. All the papers presented during the seminar will be peer reviewed for publication in the eighth volume of the, Stellenbosch Handbooks in African Constitutional Law, which is published by Oxford University Press, Oxford. The complete document (Call for papers) is attached for your ease of reference. Please note the deadline for submitting proposals is 15 January 2022.
Proposals should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Dr Shehaam Johnstone at and Dr. Lukman Abdulrauf, at . Kindly, copy the two organisers, Prof. Charles M. Fombad, and Prof. Nico Steytler, in your email.


CMS Legal: Sustainability Claims and Greenwashing
When: 4 November 2021 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM GMT
Where: Online
More info here

IAIA and Earth Law Centre: Think Big: A Cleaner, Greener COVID-19 Recovery
A new virtual forum will be taking place online 2-18 November. Register now for this free, six-part series. Peter Henderson, Breaking News Editor at Reuters, will be the moderator. This forum will help define the future directions of impact assessment by supporting a “Think Big” vision – an agenda that analyzes climate change and COVID-19 through an ecocentric lens. The first five sessions will be pre-recorded, and the sixth session will be a live panel discussion with real-time Q&A with attendees. Find out more and register for this free forum today!

IAIA22 abstract submission open through 8 November
Submit your abstract today for IAIA22, “Confidence in Impact Assessment: Policies, partnerships and public involvement,” taking place 4-7 May 2022 in Vancouver, Canada. IAIA22 will include a virtual component, and submissions are being accepted for either in-person or pre-recorded presentations on over 60 session topics. IAIA22 financial aid opportunities Registration for IAIA22 will be opening next week, and in an effort to support all persons in their right to have a voice in the decisions that affect them, IAIA will be offering several financial aid opportunities to assist delegates in attending the conference. Read more about the various opportunities and application deadlines here.
Preliminary programme

Africa Energy Indaba
Date: 1-2 March 2022 Hybrid event
More information

Webinar Invitation: Looking back to look ahead: Implications of Saachi et al. v Argentina for human rights and climate change
Date: Monday, 1 November 2021
Time: 15:00 pm – 17:00 pm SAST/CET (09:00 am-11:00 am Eastern Time)

IISD ENB: COP26 Halfway Point Webinar
Date: Nov 7, 2021 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

The Global Network for Human Rights and the Environment: Virtual Book Launch – Bearing Witness: The Human Rights Case Against Fracking and Climate Change
Date: 1 November 2021 1 pm EDT/5pm GMT/6 pm
More information

Vacancies, Bursaries, Funding, Opportunities, etc.


Green Attorney Cape Town, Western Cape
Are you an energetic, entrepreneurial attorney who would like to join a dynamic and reputable team of “green” lawyers? Cullinans is a specialist environmental and green business law firm based in Cape Town that has been in practice for 24 years. Much of our work is high-impact and ground breaking (e.g. climate change litigation). We value excellence, ethics and innovation and are looking for someone with the qualities to become a director. This is a rare opportunity for a committed lawyer to make a real difference in the world. You should have experience in areas of law that are compatible with the firm’s core expertise and brand such as environmental law, renewable energy, and business start-ups (see www.cullinans.co.za). Please email your CV and covering letter to

University of Stellenbosch: Associate Professor / Senior Lecturer / Lecturer (Ref. RG02/283/1021 in Private Law (Law of Succession)
Closing date: 12 November 2021
More information: Enquiries regarding this post: Dr. Bernard Wessels, Head of the Department of Private Law, on 021 808 2113, or at   Enquiries regarding remuneration/benefits as well as technical assistance with the electronic application process: Human Resources Client Services Centre on 021 808 2753 or at / apply online at http://www.sun.ac.za/english/careers

NWU: NRF SARChI Chair in Cities, Law and Environmental Sustainability: LLM Bursary
The Konrad-Adenauer Foundation is sponsoring a full-time LLM by Research student for 2022. The Foundation offers a full cost of study bursary for a student:

*  With an average for the final year LLB above 75%;

*  With a final mark for the LLB dissertation of at least 75%;

*  Who intends to register for a LLM by Research at the NWU in 2022; and

*  Who is willing to write his or her dissertation on a topic that fits the research agenda of the NWU’s NRF SARChI Chair in Cities, Law and Environmental Sustainability. Students from any nationality are eligible to apply.  The bursary is awarded on the basis of academic merit.

Students qualifying on the basis of the above criteria, are invited to send a CV, cover letter and full academic record to Ms Bernalee Anthony ( ) by 9 November 2021.

University of Limpopo: Associate Professor: Department of Jurisprudence, Legal Pluralism, Criminal Law and Procedure
Closing date: 12 November 2021
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University of Limpopo: Full-Professor/ Associate Professor: Department of Public and Environmental Law
Closing date: 12 November 2021
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University of Limpopo: Research Professor: Faculty of Management and Law
Closing date: 12 November 2021
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Thabo Mbeki African School of International and Public Affairs Pretoria, Gauteng: Professor/Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer: International and Diplomatic Studies
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University of Limpopo: Director: Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership
Closing date: 12 November 2021
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University of Limpopo: Full-Professor/ Associate Professor: Department of Private Law
Closing date: 12 November 2021
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Candidate Attorney Brooklyn Pretoria
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Candidate Attorney Bedfordview Johannesburg
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Senior Director/Director of Communications and Marketing, Verra – Washington DC/Remote

Senior Director/Director of Communications and Marketing, Verra – Washington DC/Remote

Senior Technical Advisor or Manager, Supply Chain Innovations, Verra – Remote

Senior Development Officer, Government and Multilateral Agencies, Gold Standard – Geneva/Remote

Senior Development Officer, Foundations and Corporations, Gold Standard – Geneva/Remote

Carbon Market Associate, The Nature Conservancy – Arlington/London/Elsewhere

Global Carbon Markets Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy – London/Brussels

Carbon Finance Deal Structurer, Conservation International – Arlington/Seattle/Remote (US/Worldwide)

Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Senior Manager, Conservation International – Arlington/Seattle/Remote (US/Worldwide)

Director of Fund Operations, Conservation International – Arlington/Seattle/Remote

Senior Portfolio Manager, Conservation International – Arlington/Seattle/Remote

Advisory Senior Consultant, Carbon Trading & Risk Analytics, Deloitte – Various US locations

Lawyer, Climate Friendly – Australia (Remote)

University of Oslo Faculty of Law – PhD Fellowships in Law

University of Oslo Faculty of Law – PhD Fellowship in Human Rights

The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC): Resilience Fellowship 2022
Closing date: 15 November 2021
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Berkeley Law’s Center for Law, Energy and the Environment is recruiting for two research fellows.
More information and application instructions are at the links here and here


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