ENVIRONMENT

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Scientists step up demand for government to protect oceans

Environmental Affairs commitment to declare 21 new protected areas has stalled

By Fred Kockott - 14 September 2018
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Independence of environmental consultant under the spotlight

Conservationist argues that Adriaan du Toit did not meet statutory requirements for independence

By John Yeld - 13 July 2018
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Western Cape opposes national government’s mining rights approval

Department of Mineral Resources approved Australian company’s application to do mineral prospecting on northern bank of Olifants River estuary

By John Yeld - 3 July 2018
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Are mining companies repairing the damage they cause?

Centre for Environmental Rights report says slack financial reporting standards make it difficult to tell

By John Yeld - 20 June 2018

Informal settlements flooded by heavy rains

Residents prepare for more storms

By GroundUp Staff - 14 June 2018
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Goedgedacht: a South African success story

Social development is a marathon, not a sprint, says Goedgedacht Trust founder

By Aidan Jones - 12 June 2018
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Prospect of mining on Olifants River estuary alarms fishermen

Government grants prospecting rights to controversial Australian company

By John Yeld - 28 May 2018
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Western Cape’s mounting rubbish problem

Less than half of the province’s landfill sites are operational

By Annie Cebulski - 17 May 2018
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I love it here, says dump site resident

Families living next to New England landfill say they can walk to collect their groceries

By Nompendulo Ngubane - 30 April 2018
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Community consent is not needed for mining rights, says lawyer

Department of Mineral Resources in court over Xolobeni mine

By Zoë Postman - 25 April 2018
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Community consent needed before granting mining rights, court hears

Not according to the Act says mine company lawyer

By Zoë Postman - 24 April 2018
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School children recycle waste for food

“This is helping my family very much because my parents do not work,” says seventh-grader

By Joseph Chirume - 3 April 2018

Community lives in fear of giant rock

Residents in KwaXimba say they want to be relocated as a matter of urgency

By Nompendulo Ngubane - 29 March 2018
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Battle over mining rights in remote Eastern Cape villages

Mgungundlovu residents and government to meet in court in April

By Thembela Ntongana - 19 February 2018
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Clean air vs industrial development: Durban court case explained

South Durban environmental alliance brings case to court

By Mluleki Marongo - 8 February 2018
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Bonteheuwel school grounds used as illegal dumping site

Rubbish piles up after fencing around the school’s property was vandalised

By Barbara Maregele - 8 February 2018