27 Nov 2014

“One Environmental System” – the New Environmental Authorisation Regime (SA)

I attended the Department of Environmental Affairs (“DEA”) public open day on the proposed “One Environmental System” on 17 November 2014. The One Environmental System (“OES”) is essentially the...

Transitioning an EMS to ISO 14001:2015 (learn about ISO 14001 changes)

ISO 14001, a highly successful International Management Standard for environmental management systems, is undergoing change. ISO 14001:2015 currently in Draft format, is expected to come into effect...
19 Nov 2014

Phasing-out of ozone-depleting substances in South Africa

The National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act, 39 of 2004: Regulations Regarding the Phasing-out and Management of Ozone-Depleting Substances, GN 351, GG 37621 of 8 May 2014  (the “Regulations”),...
6 Nov 2014

Proposed NEMA Regs: financial provision – rehabilitation, closure and post closure

On 31 October 2014, the Minister of Environmental Affairs published notice of her intention to make regulations pertaining to the financial provision for the rehabilitation and management of negative...
20 Oct 2014

SCA judgment: employer liability for harm to an employee, but not in terms of COIDA

The recent Supreme Court of Appeal (the “SCA”) judgement MEC for The Department of Health, Free State Province v D (924/2013) ZASCA 167 (8 October 2014), delivered on...
15 Oct 2014

Environmental compliance enforcement activities increase in the 2013/14 period

The Department of Environmental Affairs (the “Department”) released its National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report 2013/14 (the “Report”) on 08 October 2014. The Report provides a national overview of...
31 Jul 2014

Case Report: Eskom’s non-compliance with Minimum Emission Standards

On 21 May 2014, Sasol Synfuels (Pty) Ltd, National Petroleum Refiners of South Africa (Natref) and Sasol Chemiese Nywerhede Beperk, launched review proceedings, in the North Gauteng High Court, seeking...
17 Feb 2014

Director of Mining Company Held Personally Liable for Damage to the Environment

The Centre for Environmental Rights (the “CER”) has reported that, on 31 January 2014, the Naphuno Regional Court in the Limpopo Province sentenced the managing director of Blue Platinum Ventures...
15 Jan 2014

Interview with Lynn Schouw: Changes to ISO 9001, 14001 and related standards

On 28 August 2013, The International Organization for Standardization (“ISO”) published an article entitled “ISO 9001:2015 and beyond – Preparing for the next 25 years of quality management standards”...
15 Jan 2014

Interview with Lynn Schouw: Changes to ISO 9001, 14001 and related standards

On 28 August 2013, The International Organization for Standardization (“ISO”) published an article entitled “ISO 9001:2015 and beyond – Preparing for the next 25 years of quality management standards”...
7 Oct 2013

Personal and Criminal Liability of Companies, Directors and Employees for Contravening Environmental Legislation

Recent case law suggests an increase in the enforcement of environmental law provisions and the use of both administrative penalties and criminal sentences against companies who fail to comply...
4 Sep 2013

Clear signs now that the state intends to go ahead with fracking

In a General Notice, published by the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Bomo Edna Molewa, dated 23 August 2013, there is a clear indication that the state intends...