ENVIRONMENT

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Academics raise alarm over by-law restricting water testing

The City says research in its nature reserves is allowed but only with permission

By Steve Kretzmann - 26 March 2020
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Pensioner helps himself and his neighbourhood by recycling from illegal dumps

“The illegal dumping sites are a nuisance to our health and to the environment,” says PE resident Ntsokolo Konzapi

By Joseph Chirume - 13 March 2020
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Gamtoos Irrigation Board office shut down by angry contractors

Workers want the municipality to take over the project

By Mkhuseli Sizani - 11 March 2020
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New twist in Noordhoek wetland road controversy

Independence of environmental consultants questioned in appeals against recent approval of the project

By John Yeld - 3 March 2020
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Tragic landfill conflict fouls Cape Town’s air

Security guard murdered, dumpsite set on fire

By Steve Kretzmann - 27 February 2020
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Small organisation fights pollution in Cape Town rivers

New app for short-term cleaning contracts to be released in April

By Liezl Human - 25 February 2020
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Province raps City’s knuckles over state of rivers

Water quality results “disturbing” says MEC

By Steve Kretzmann - 20 February 2020
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Court blocks development on Cape Flats Aquifer

City of Cape Town and provincial government told to consider new evidence

By Wilmien Wicomb - 19 February 2020
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Wind farm says massive new rival could cost it “hundreds of millions” in lost energy

Existing West Coast One wind farm wants recent approval for upwind Boulders project to be reviewed, because it will “reduce its access to the wind”

By John Yeld - 18 February 2020
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Raw sewage flows into Sundays River, possibly for years already

Municipality says mechanical and electrical failure causing spillage

By Joseph Chirume - 17 February 2020
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Schools threaten legal action over “dump”

“The Pietermaritzburg landfill could be an economic opportunity instead of an environmental nightmare”

By Fatima Khan and Matthew Hattingh - 10 February 2020
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Sick Durban river spoils popular recreational lagoon

Civil action could address pollution in Mdloti river

By Janis Theron and Matthew Hattingh - 3 February 2020
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Activists call for government to declare climate emergency

Protesters inspired by Greta Thunberg

By Zoë Postman - 31 January 2020
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We don’t need coal, say protesters at coal conference

Extinction Rebellion calls for the use of solar, wind and tidal power

By Nompumelelo Mahlangu - 30 January 2020

West Coast property owners could be ordered to demolish their houses

Provincial government warns owners about building too close to the sea

By John Yeld - 28 January 2020
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Waste reclaimers in court over right to work

City of Tshwane asked to provide land suitable not only for living but for work

By Elna Schütz - 22 January 2020