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Strategic Litigation against Public Participation (SLAPP) suit and Environmental Rights Defenders: Mineral Sands Resources (PTY) LTD and Others vs Reddel and Others

Introduction On February 09, 2021, the South African High Court sitting at Western Cape delivered a milestone ruling on the protection of Environmental Rights Defenders (ERDs) against Strategic Litigation and against Public Participation (SLAPP) claims. In the Mineral Sands Resources (PTY)LTD  and Others vs Reddel and Others[1] case, the High …

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Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet

Today is the World Wildlife Day which is also running concurrently with the 2021 Africa Environment Day/ Wangari Mathaai Day. The Wildlife Day is being celebrated under the theme “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet.”  The day puts on the spotlight the central role of forests, forest species and …

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PRESS RELEASE: Zimbabwe Civil Society Calls for Transparency in the Granting of Tax Incentives in the Platinum Sector

At a time when the country is extending a begging bowl to procure COVID-19 vaccines, the government of Zimbabwe (GoZ) is awarding tax holidays to extractive companies. The government recently granted a five-year tax holiday to Great Dyke Investments, a platinum mine operation. This is particularly concerning because the mining …

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Climate change and disaster management in Zimbabwe

Compiled by Michelle Matsvaire, Rodrick Moyo and Byron Zamasiya-Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association Zimbabwe was hit by another cyclone in January 2021 at a time when the country was taking stock of the damage by cyclone Chalane. Cyclone Eloise reached Zimbabwe after weakening into a tropical storm. Prior to its arrival, …

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ZELA Press Statement: Let us restore our wetlands

Date of Issue: 02 February 2021 Harare– The Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) joins other countries in celebrating the World Wetlands Day. The day comes at  a time when the second wave of COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc across the globe.There is a misperception that nature is getting a break …

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Of a vaccination apartheid

Compiled by Moreblessings Chidaushe-Norwegian Church Aid Just as we thought and had highly hoped that 2021 would be a much better year – we are waking up to an even more difficult 2021, new variants of the virus are sprouting everywhere, some faster and more dangerous than the first, the …

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