Parliament calls for comment on the effectiveness of environmental assessment in South Africa

Do you think Environmental Assessment in South Africa is effective or do you think it is just producing a mountain of paper to comply with regulations? We struggle with the irony of some of most comprehensive environmental regulations in the world (and most expensive to comply with), but an environment that nevertheless rapidly degrading.

Parliament is calling for your comment on this issue (see link below). How could it be improved? If you have a an opinion, please email it to Ms Tyhileka Madubela ( by the 12th April 2013

Department of Energy Stabilises Renewable Energy Roll Out

The Department of Energy seem to have drastically delayed by 6 months to a year every deadline they previously set. This new policy, aiming procuring up to 1000 MW per year, while a slower roll out than the original proposal is probably going to lead to more stability in the industry, which I think will be good for investors and consultants. Those who are late or not chosen in one bidding round, will be able to try again the next year. I think the Department of Energy is moving in the right direction.

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