In Trustees for the time being of the Humane Society International – Africa Trust and Others v Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment and Others  3 All SA 616 (WCC) manifestly unfair to invite a party to consult on an issue in which the decision-maker is statutorily time bound only to apply that participative process to a time period in respect of which there has been no consultation.
Recommendations have been made to prevent a repeat of the devastating chemical spill and fire incident following the warehouse attack in Cornubia in July. The preliminary Compliance Profile Report indicates both a lack of critical risk assessment or planning permissions, and inadequate Environmental Authorisations.
COVID-19 has undoubtedly been devastating. Much of the devastation and fear around the disease stem from the unprecedented novelties of the virus, originally named ‘2019 Novel Coronavirus’ to describe this ‘novel’ or ‘new’ strain of coronavirus.
Fracking, a process which enables access to shale gas not accessible to conventional drilling operations, is a good example of the environmental, social and economic balancing act required of decision makers.