ENVIRONMENT

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Court hears objections to new N2 highway

New Wild Coast route shortens road by 75km but passes through ancestral land

By Zoë Postman - 4 December 2018
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Activists lose bid to stop coal mine

Interdict application to halt operations at the Somkhele coal mine thrown out with costs

By Fred Kockott - 21 November 2018
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Major precedent set for communities affected by mining

Constitutional Court judge quotes Fanon: to “strip someone of their source of livelihood, then you strip them of their dignity too”

By Kim Reynolds - 26 October 2018
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Court drama as state tries to force through coal mining plan

Last minute bid to change boundaries of Mpumalanga protected area

By John Yeld - 17 October 2018
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Meeting on gas and oil exploration descends into chaos

Activists oppose Italian company prospecting off KZN coast

By Fred Kockott and Thabiso Goba - 15 October 2018
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Damage to West Coast beaches from mining can be kept to “acceptable” levels, say consultants

Australian company tries again to get approval for huge expansion project

By John Yeld - 25 September 2018
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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