environmental management

25 May 2022

Namibia’s deep dive into its environmental state

Namibia’s deep dive into its environmental state While the widespread natural deserts and resources of Namibia often seem boundless, they are constantly being impacted in ways that highlight the importance […]
20 May 2022

Will SA’s new environmental bill lure mining investors?

Will SA’s new environmental bill lure mining investors? Once the South African president signs NEMLAA4, it will introduce greater certainty on environmental requirements, helping to improve the country’s attractiveness for […]
18 May 2022

African mining sector set for strong growth in 2022

African mining sector set for strong growth in 2022 With mining companies currently enjoying high prices, exceptional production performance and robust supply chains, Standard Bank’s mining team anticipates that the […]
3 May 2022

Oil and gas: Let the people decide

Oil and gas: Let the people decide   The discovery of oil and gas off the coast of Namibia, South Africa and Mozambique is good news for the Southern African region. […]
1 May 2022

Unplanned development threatens bat habitat

Unplanned development threatens bat habitat Large-scale development and inadequate conservation plans have resulted in changes to natural habitats and exposed previously unencountered animal species to human interaction. The University of […]
1 Apr 2022

ESG in the mining industry: what’s missing?

ESG in the mining industry: what’s missing? By Nomsa Mbere, Partner & Sebastian Steenkamp, Associate at Webber Wentzel A recent analysis of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reports by nine […]
23 Mar 2022

Forging a future for the African wildlife economy

Forging a future for the African wildlife economy    By Michael ’t Sas-Rolfes Africa’s iconic wildlife forms a key part of the continent’s identity and is globally significant, both ecologically and […]
9 Feb 2022

ESG knowledge without ESG wisdom is like water in sand

ESG knowledge without ESG wisdom is like water in sand There are many lessons in nature and wisdom is often found where we least expect it, writes Leon Louw, owner […]
2 Feb 2022

World Wetlands Day: SA wine farm shows the way

World Wetlands Day: SA wine farm shows the way Wetlands are often overlooked, neglected and abused – and yet they provide essential eco-services for water and food security. They are […]
31 Jan 2022

African mining CEOs on the transition to renewable energy for mines

African mining CEOs on the transition to renewable energy for mines Transitioning to low-carbon and an increased focus on ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) is a global trend and the […]
3 Jan 2022

Barrick brings TSF back within design capacity

Barrick brings TSF back within design capacity Late last year Barrick Gold managed to bring the North Mara gold mine’s tailings storage facility (TSF) pond back within its permitted design […]
21 Dec 2021

How to finance biodiversity

How to finance biodiversity South Africa was the first country in the world to grant the tax concession in Section 37D of the Income Tax Act to protect biodiversity, which […]
15 Dec 2021

Collaboration needed for Mauritius to meet plastic deadline

Collaboration needed for Mauritius to meet plastic deadline Public and private sector collaboration is needed for Mauritius to meet its plastic free deadline. By Bhavish Jugurnath and Afsar Ebrahim Mauritius […]
28 Nov 2021

Learning from nature in tailings dam design

Learning from nature in tailings dam design With the latest tailings dam standards demanding a longer-term view of design, construction and closure outcomes, there is growing interest in design philosophies […]
19 Nov 2021

Conservation in Africa doesn’t always mean protecting larger areas

Conservation in Africa doesn’t always mean protecting larger areas A new study indicates efforts to protect antelopes and other species in central Africa might be more successful if less land […]
20 Oct 2021

Strategic approaches can guide sustainable growth

Strategic approaches can guide sustainable growth The second in a two-part series, this article considers ways that East African countries can strategically plan to avoid potential environmental and social harm […]
25 Sep 2021

Safe asbestos disposal critical to protect people and the environment

Safe asbestos disposal critical to protect people and the environment South Africa’s incidence of mesothelioma, a type of cancer that occurs in the thin layer of tissue that covers most […]
19 Jul 2021

South Africa to publish a climate change guideline for environmental applications

By Paula-Ann Novotny and Lerato Molefi from Webber Wentzel  19 July 2021 – ​​​A Climate Change guideline will shortly be published to assist with incorporating climate change considerations in various applications […]
17 Jun 2021

Kenya needs more technicians in water and wastewater management

By Simon Thomas 17 June 2021 – According to UNESCO, the demand for water will increase by more than 55% until the year 2050, due to the exponential growth of […]
20 Apr 2021

New regulations for LandCare projects in South Africa

By Paula-Ann Novotny from Webber Wentzel 20 April 2021 – A recently published Generic Environmental Management Programme in South Africa seeks to regulate LandCare projects and exclude identified activities related […]
31 Mar 2021

Early warnings protect lives on Africa’s Lake Victoria

31 March 2021 – A successful four-year project in East Africa has demonstrated how improved weather, water and climate services save lives and livelihoods and support socio-economic development of vulnerable […]
16 Mar 2021

Plastic regulations in Mauritius could have unintended consequences.

By Karen Van Der Wath 16 March 2021 – The government of Mauritius have proposed bold new measures to curb plastic waste. However, the new plastic regulations in Mauritius could […]
6 Jan 2021

Transforming the South Africa environmental sector

06 January 2020 – South Africa’s National Council of Provinces is considering the National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Bill, in a bid to transform the South African environmental sector. “The […]
29 Dec 2020

Mining companies empower local entrepreneurs

28 December 2020 – In what can serve as a case study for mining companies in Africa, South African mining giant Exxaro Resources has built strategic partnerships and shown that […]
26 Dec 2020

Farmers in Namibia assist with elephant management

By Ellanie Smit 27 December 2020 – Three agricultural unions in Namibia has submitted a final draft of a document to the Namibian Ministry of the Environment and Tourism, which […]
25 Dec 2020

Funds help promote ecotourism in Congo Brazzavile

25 December 2020 – Congo Brazzaville’s Congo Conservation Company (CCC) recently signed a USD14-million funding agreement to implement an ecotourism development project in the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the north […]
16 Dec 2020

Tips for sustainable water management in construction

16 December 2020 – Water damage has superseded fire when it comes to risks on construction sites. Here are some tips for sustainable water management in construction. Water can cause […]
16 Dec 2020

The impact of Covid-19 on waste management in South Africa

16 December 2020 – One of the more interesting fallouts of the global pandemic has been the impact of Covid-19 on waste management in South Africa.    Due to the […]
1 Dec 2020

No more “fowl” play

01 December 2020 – Chlorine Dioxide (ClO2) is a powerful disinfectant and is fast becoming one of the most effective solutions for optimal water treatment. Ensuring the bacterial safety of […]
30 Nov 2020

Time to rethink how we manage the environment

30 November 2020 – The time during Covid-19 should have been used wisely to rethink how companies manage the environment. In this article Burt Rodrigues, CEO of Biodx, gives his thoughts […]