ENVIRONMENT

Three months in prison for trying to recycle waste during lockdown

Reclaimers finally released from prison in Tshwane

By Zoë Postman - 8 July 2020

Green Scorpions probe coastal dams

Diamond mining technique on Namaqualand beaches under scrutiny

By John Yeld - 26 June 2020

Do poorer communities have fewer plant and animal species?

A new study confirms that the “luxury effect” is real

By Sarah Wild - 23 June 2020

Young carpenter turns dumped wood into curios

Ulundi Mpulu, 21, founded House of Pallets, a curio shop and African kitchen

By Joseph Chirume - 11 June 2020

Mounting pressure on families holding out against coal mine expansion

“We know that if we are not here, our house will be burnt down”

By Fred Kockott and Matthew Hattingh - 3 June 2020

Alarm over proposed changes to Meat Safety Act

Legislative amendments would include most animals as meat products

By Nicholas Ashby - 15 May 2020
Map of the wind farm location

Giant turbine farm set to harvest West Coast wind

Environment minister dismisses appeals against new wind farm

By John Yeld - 11 May 2020
Graph of decrease in NO2

Enjoy the fresh air while it lasts! Lockdown causes drop in SA air pollution

This may be little comfort to people facing hunger or crippling job losses because of the lockdown, but air pollution is nevertheless a major global killer

By Tony Carnie - 8 May 2020
Photo of False Bay beach

Beaches at risk: Report reveals alarming pollution along Cape Town’s coast

Popular beaches are among 31 polluted sites, long-awaited water quality report shows

By Steve Kretzmann - 29 April 2020
Photo of power station

Barbara Creecy over-rules officials on air pollution data

Environment minister upholds appeal by activists

By John Yeld - 16 April 2020
Photo of man sorting waste

Covid-19: Court decision is a heavy blow to waste-pickers’ hopes

Recyclers are not essential services during lockdown, court rules

By Jamaine Krige - 15 April 2020
Photo of mining on beach

“New broom” minister Barbara Creecy raises dust

Environment minister’s reputation among green community slides after controversial West Coast decision

By John Yeld - 8 April 2020
Photo of beach mining

Go-ahead for mining on ten West Coast beaches

Environment minister rejects most of the appeals against Tormin expansion plans

By John Yeld - 1 April 2020
Photo of the Diep River

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
Photo of a man with big bales of plastic

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
Photo of protesters

Gamtoos Irrigation Board office shut down by angry contractors

Workers want the municipality to take over the project

By Mkhuseli Sizani - 11 March 2020