22 September 2017

Environmental Assessment Practitioners: Reform and regulation at last?

A tension exists between the legal requirement for an EAP to be independent from the person making the application (the Applicant) and yet being dependent on Applicants for work in compiling environmental assessment reports.

07 July 2017

The N2 Wild Coast Toll Road: Is this what we call 'development'?

"They bring the N2 and tell us this is development. Why must development come from the top and not from us?” – Baliwe Dlamini, Resident

20 March 2017

Can they suffer?: The new demand for donkey skins

“[T]he question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer? Why should the law refuse its protection to any sensitive being?” - Jeremy Bentham

03 March 2017

Coal, oil and gas investments to be phased out, UCT Convocation votes

Coal, oil and gas investments to be phased out, UCT Convocation votes

02 March 2017

Draft Norms and Standards for the trophy hunting of leopards published for comment

Paul Theroux once described trophy hunters as “the unspeakable in pursuit of the stuffable.”

01 March 2017

New SANRAL CEO Scraps Proposed De Beers Pass Route

We are pleased that the proposed road has been scrapped by SANRAL and we will continue to support the Forum's efforts in ensuring that any road upgrades are done in a just and sustainable manner.

23 February 2017

Beach Access: Understanding Your Rights

Cullinan & Associates is drafting model by-laws for the designation and regulation of coastal access land in the Western Cape, which municipalities may adapt and adopt for implementation within their jurisdiction.

13 February 2017

J9 Foundation Takes Swift Action to Prevent Balloon Release

J9 Foundation proves their leadership in protecting the environment from destructive balloon releases.

13 February 2017

ConCourt Raises Welfare of Animals to a Constitutional Issue

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals v Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development and others [2016] ZACC 46

10 February 2017

Con Court dismisses Sanral's Leave to Appeal over Winelands Toll

Cullinan & Associates has represented the City of Cape Town in their victory of Sanral

13 January 2017

SCA Ruling Confirms Broad Powers of Western Cape Heritage Authorities

In a precedent-setting ruling from the Supreme Court of Appeal in September last year, the protection of the cultural heritage of South Africa’s built environment was reaffirmed in a case that may have significant consequences for property owners seeking to develop buildings over 60 years old

18 November 2016

How spot on is your legal compliance?

Cullinan & Associates are pleased to provide a solution for employers of all sizes who are affected by these regulations and the associated risks in the form of our innovative, easy-to-use and extremely cost-effective online compliance management tool, SpotOn.

18 November 2016

Cullinan & Associates: Experts in Occupational Health and Safety

Cullinan & Associates has significant experience in South African Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) law as well as various international management standards such as ISO 14001 (Environment) and ISO 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety)

14 November 2016

Nersa Should Take Eskom To Task Over Illegal Refusal To Sign PPAs

The internationally acclaimed renewable energy independent power producer procurement (REIPPP) programme recently came under threat

10 November 2016

Treekeepers: Advice on conserving urban trees

Our friends at Treekeepers have produced a great resource of information on urban trees – enjoy!

22 September 2016

Supreme Court of Appeals dismisses SANRAL’s appeal against Western Cape High Court ruling on Cape Town tolling

Cullinan & Associates, as appointed attorneys for the City of Cape Town in this matter, have successfully represented the City in both the Western Cape High Court and the Supreme Court of Appeals.

16 September 2016

Cullinan & Associates: Our Year In Review

It’s been a busy and exciting year so far at Cullinan & Associates. We are working on a range of important matters around South Africa – from litigation and training to supporting environmental campaigns. Please read more about our on-going projects and get in touch if you would like to get involved!

02 September 2016

Guest Blog: Defend the Elandsfontein Aquifer from illegal strip-mining

Elandsfontein lies within the lagoon town of Langebaan on the Cape West Coast of South Africa. The site is of international heritage value, when a 500 000-year-old humanoid scull was found in the early 1950’s. Further excavations lead to 1000’s of artefacts found and the IUCN recognise it as an "Origin of Man site".

19 August 2016

Stop SANRAL’s devastating Wild Coast toll road!

SANRAL has proposed the construction of a new toll road highway through the Wild Coast region of the Eastern Cape – a proposal that would have potentially disastrous effects on local communities and the environment.

20 July 2016

A new kind of justice, the quest for an earth-centric legal system

Imagine if legal systems were designed to ensure that people contributed to the health of ecological systems instead of authorizing their degradation.

22 June 2016

Press Release – Harrismith Business Forum

On 13 June 2016 the national Department of Environmental Affairs rejected SANRAL’s final environmental impact report for construction of the De Beers Pass Route (a National Road 3: from Keeversfontein to Warden in the Free State) parallel to the existing National Road 3 (‘N3’).

21 June 2016

Environmental Rights Win at iSimangaliso

A victory for environmental rights has been achieved as a court bid by two farmers to force iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site to artificially breach the uMfolozi River mouth has failed.

26 May 2016

PROSPERO’S LESSONS: Adaptation and reinvention is required to leapfrog environmental destruction.

Once upon a time, long, long ago the activities of Earthlings began to alter the composition of Earth’s atmosphere to such an extent that they began to burn up. The Earthlings that had previously flourished and multiplied across the face of the plant began to die in their billions...

28 April 2016

THE WILD, WILD COAST

Assassins disguised as police officers. Violence. Intimidation. Bribery. A close-knit community torn apart by outsiders with ulterior motives. It sounds like the latest Hollywood blockbuster but it’s taking place on the idyllic Wild Coast. And it’s been going on for more than 10 years.

07 April 2016

Some Pros and Cons of the National Air Quality Offsets Guideline

The Air Quality Management Offset Guideline published on 18 March 2016 is aimed at providing a guide to industry, government, consultants, the general public and stakeholders regarding appropriate principles to be adhered to in assessing the need for and designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of air quality offsets.

04 April 2016

Patel wrong about De Beers Pass, N2 Wild Coast projects

Minister Ebrahim Patel in his briefing on the expansive development of infrastructure in South Africa, at a recent Employment and Infrastructure Development Cluster, is under the incorrect impression in respect of the De Beer’s Pass (National Road 3 Keeversfontein to Warden) and the proposed N2 Wild Coast Highway toll project (East London to eThekwini).

23 March 2016

Breaching the uMfolozi river mouth violates the rights of Nature

The use of heavy earth moving equipment by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Management Authority to open the mouth of the uMfolozi river to the sea last week was an ecologically destructive act and wrong in the deepest sense of that word. It was almost certainly also required by law.

29 February 2016

COP out - Earth’s Rights neglected in favour of market driven forces

When world leaders celebrated a ‘decisive’ outcome at COP21 they were inadvertently demonstrating the utter futility of continuing to believe that we can rely on United Nations processes to prevent catastrophic climate change.

26 February 2016

Protection of trees in the City of Cape Town

Did you know it is illegal to cut down or chop trees on public property in Cape Town? Learn more about the City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality By-laws relating to trees below.

16 February 2016

Cullinan & Associates acts for the Harrismith Business Forum in their opposition to the construction of the De Beers Pass Route

Cullinan & Associates acts for the Harrismith Business Forum in their opposition to the construction of the De Beers Pass Route

05 February 2016

Mass balloon releases are illegal in South Africa

Mass balloon releases are illegal in South Africa

04 February 2016

Pollution Prevention Plans to be required for Greenhouse Gas Emitter following Paris Agreement

On 8 January 2016 the Minister of Environmental Affairs published draft Pollution Prevention Plan Regulations (PPP Regulations) and a notice which specify which greenhouse gas emitters must comply with the regulations, and has given the public until 7 February 2016 to comment on them.

03 February 2016

Great Harvests From Urban Gardens

At Cullinan & Associates, we are proud of our little vegetable garden – not only does it provide fresh, organic produce for our daily vegetarian lunches, but it also provides a place of relaxation and refreshment for our hard-working staff.

14 January 2016

Legal Brief Enviro: Draft amendments to Norms and Standards relating to Rhinoceros Horns

Legal Brief Enviro: Draft amendments to Norms and Standards relating to Rhinoceros Horns

12 January 2016

N1/N2 Winelands Toll Project

Cullinan & Associates are delighted to have successfully represented the City of Cape Town in opposing the proposed tolling of the N1 and N2 highways by SANRAL.

12 January 2016

Tribunal for the Rights of Nature

"We need a new, positive manifesto to enable us to create ecologically sustainable human societies on earth..."

12 January 2016

Wild Coast Communities Case

"We are not poor as long as we have land"

18 September 2015

Legal brief Environmental: SANRAL challenges AmaPondo Communities’ capacity to appoint lawyers

Legal brief Environmental: SANRAL challenges AmaPondo Communities’ capacity to appoint lawyers

11 September 2015

Non-detriment findings under the Biodiversity Act: Management picture bleak for 5 listed species

Non-detriment findings under the Biodiversity Act: Management picture bleak for 5 listed species

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