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maintains a stellar reputation for its work in the mining sector, acting for clients on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters
Chambers Global Guide 2018

ENSafrica houses the largest team of environmental lawyers in Africa. We work at the dynamic nexus of the environment, sustainability and commerce, and we thrive in creating innovative environmental legal solutions to suit the needs of your business.

Our key differentiator is that our dedicated environment team has the capacity to undertake a multifaceted array of environmental and regulatory compliance work across the entire African continent, where legislation and regulation are becoming increasingly stringent.

Environmental and sustainability issues impact on industrial and business strategies, and environmental concerns are now recognised to be on par with financial concerns. As a result, we often participate in project development teams which cut across law, policy and commerce.

We also assist local and international companies with the full spectrum of legal and strategic issues relating to the environment nationally and regionally, including cross-border due diligence, contractual negotiations and transactional advice.

We have the unique advantage, as part of Africa’s largest law firm, of being able to harness the expertise of more than 600 practitioners throughout the continent. ENSafrica has a significant breadth and depth of experience and specialist expertise that spans all commercial areas of law, tax, forensics and IP.

As such, we regularly partner with specialists across the firm, meaning that we are able to assist with all aspects of all matters across all sectors in all African jurisdictions, ensuring that your legal requirements are handled quickly and seamlessly.

what we offer

  • agribusiness and forestry
  • biodiversity and eco-tourism
  • climate change and carbon markets
  • compliance management and corporate governance
  • environmental dispute resolution and litigation
  • environmental law skills development
  • land use planning
  • minerals and mining
  • nuclear legal considerations
  • projects and products lifecycle
  • renewable energy projects
  • sustainable ocean management
  • transactional support
  • waste management
  • water law

experience

National water laws
comparative assessment for Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe on behalf of the Zambezi Watercourse Commission and the World Bank.
Water legislation
for South Africa, including the National Water Act and the Water Services Act, for the Ministry of Water Affairs and Forestry.
Lobbying
of Government by the Banking Association of South Africa regarding lender liability under the National Environmental Management: Waste Act 59 of 2008.
Disposal
by a major gold mining company of one of its mining operations to two companies, involving complex sub-division and consolidation, and requiring consent from various regulators.
Defence
of a major industrial client and some of its directors in their personal capacity following the South African National Prosecuting Authority’s criminal charges for alleged statutory contraventions.
National climate change legislation
for the South African Department of Environmental Affairs.
Renewable Energy
Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme by South Africa’s National Treasury and the Department of Energy.
Peaking power project
constructed and operated by GDF Suez.
Potential litigation
facing a major gold mining company relating to the management and treatment of acid mine drainage from historical mining operations.
Interdict
allowing a major waste management services company to continue operating after the possible closure of its landfill site by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs after allegations that its waste management licence had expired.