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20 03, 2017

Robben Island

Figure 1: Robben Island maximum security prison (Photo credit: Meraj Chhaya via Visualhunt.com)   Martin van Nierop – 20 March 2017 Environmental consulting can be a real drudgery. Many of us become environmental consultants because we care about the environment. We want to make a difference in protecting the environment. We want to [...]

14 03, 2017

Walking Together

Figure 1: Picture taken from diocesemontreal.org Martin van Nierop – 14March 2017 Does Pope Francis’s vision of the Church have anything to say to how South Africa manages environmental issues? I attended a talk, hosted by the Jesuit Institute of SA, given by Mr Robert Mickens who was visiting South Africa last week. [...]

7 03, 2017

Hunting like Lions – Budget 2017

Now, I am not an avid follower of economics and finance. And listening to a national budget speech is not my idea of fun. However, I thought I would see if South Africa’s Minister of Finance said anything relevant to the environmental field.  On the afternoon of 22 February 2017, Minister Pravin Gordhan, delivered the [...]

20 02, 2017

Pollution Prevention Plans (for Green House Gas (GHG) emission reductions)

Very early in 2016, the Minister of Environmental Affairs published a draft consisting of suggested Pollution Prevention Plan Regulations, along with information on which types of businesses and industries would be required to submit these Pollution Prevention Plans going forward. Below, we look at everything you need to know about Pollution Prevention Plans, including details [...]

13 02, 2017

State of the Nation: Environmental Issues

On the evening of Thursday, 9 February 2017, South African President, Jacob Zuma, delivered his State of the Nation Address (#SONA17). Did environmental issues (care for the environment) feature in his address? Not directly. While acknowledging that the President could not address everything in his speech, as an environmentalist the radio silence on environmental topics [...]

16 01, 2017


South Africa has a highly regulated water industry.  Unfortunately, it does not have full compliance. We are good at crafting regulations, but they are long, hard to achieve and covered in layers of typical government bureaucracy. To help us understand, or confuse us, we have the following regulatory systems: - Blue and Green Drop Reporting [...]

2 01, 2017

Who Needs a Waste Management License?

Responsible waste management should be a priority for all companies and businesses in South Africa, especially when dealing with large quantities of waste, or with waste that is considered potentially dangerous to people and the environment. After all, the main goal of efficient waste management is to ensure reduced pollution and improved resource sustainability. The [...]

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, [...]