Yearly Archives: 2016

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5 12, 2016

Why do we need a Water Use Licence?

The low annual average rainfall in South Africa becomes particularly apparent during periods of drought. We have become more aware of this in the recent months of water shortages and restrictions. The National Water Act, 1998 (Act 36 of 1998) aims to ensure that the water in South Africa is protected, used, controlled, managed, conserved [...]

7 11, 2016

Atmospheric Emission License (AEL) Application

To get an idea of the importance of Atmospheric Emission Licenses, take a look at some recent news headlines regarding air pollution: “Air Pollution Is Linked to a Diabetes Marker”, “Air Pollution Kills 20 000 Per Year In South Africa” and “Air Pollution Costs Trillions And Holds Back Poor Countries”. In South Africa, one of [...]

3 10, 2016

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations

Countries from all corners of the world were represented at various environment and development summits which were convened to formulate a policy framework for integrating environmental concerns and sustainability issues in development planning. Thus, the Environmental Impact Assessment came into being. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) defines EIA as “a systematic framework for identifying, [...]

5 09, 2016

Training venue hire in Gauteng

“The only thing worse than training your staff and having them leave, is not training your staff and having them stay” Any person or organisation looking for a venue for training is welcome to hire the Gondwana Environmental Solutions offices. We are fully equipped with all the IT infrastructure, electronic equipment and training facilities that [...]

29 08, 2016

Nuclear Power – saviour or sinner

There’s much debate around the world about the use of nuclear power, from those who have not got it, and those who are winding down its reliance on what is easily the cleanest fuel. Nuclear power in France is mainstream policy. In Italy and Germany, their governments are looking at scaling it down. In the [...]

1 08, 2016

Climate change and the South African response

The greatest environmental challenge facing the World in this century is global climate change. Referred to as Global warming, it encompasses disruptions of the World’s weather and climate patterns and impacts on rainfall, rising sea levels and extreme weather conditions. The greatest challenges are faced by the developing world as they are sometimes less equipped [...]

18 07, 2016

Donald Trump’s take on environmental issues

TRUMPING THE TRUMP – THE JOKER IN THE PACK  By Alan Banister  How do you stop Trump in his tracks? Easy: ask him to go through his statements of environmental issues to see what a shallow mind he has. But, after all, he’s a Republican, who believes in less interference from government and more control [...]

4 07, 2016

South Africa’s Waste Management Act

Waste management in South Africa is governed by the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008 (Act No. 59 of 2008). The Waste Act supports the waste management hierarchy in its approach to waste management, by promoting cleaner production, waste minimisation, reuse, recycling and waste treatment with disposal seen as a last resort in the management [...]

6 06, 2016

South Africa’s Water Quality Act

Water is a scarce natural resource that is unevenly distributed in South Africa. While it is a right of all persons to access water, water use has historically been unevenly used. The National Water Act (1998) aims to ensure the protection of water, the sustainable use of water and the equitable redistribution of water. These [...]

16 05, 2016

To frack, or not to frack, that is the question

Alan Bannister May 2016 There’s madness in the way we go about our business in this world of ours. It’s often a mad rush into danger without any thought of assessing the risk of doing something. Take fracking, the process of extracting natural gas from underground. In areas like Pennsylvania in the USA where fracking [...]