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natural resources and environment


The firm is recognised for its "incredibly broad team" comprising "a number of strong individuals." Clients say: "They have a good reputation and brand in the South African market."
Chambers Global Guide 2019

Natural resources are driving the growth and development which is transforming Africa, and we are proud to be at the coalface of this dynamic space on the continent.

ENSafrica works at the nexus of renewable and non-renewable energy, mining, the environment, sustainability and commerce, and we thrive in creating innovative legal solutions to suit the needs of your business.

We have the capacity to undertake a multifaceted array of work across the African continent, where legislation and regulation are becoming increasingly stringent and are impacting on industrial and business strategies in a world facing the challenges of limited resources and climate change.

Our key differentiator is that we combine a deep understanding of the legal, commercial, financial and regulatory aspects and a very strong technical expertise and understanding of natural resources.

We have a solid reputation for acting on large, complex, high-profile energy and mining transactions, and we are renowned for our ability to manage risk and leverage opportunities amid environmental concerns.

We act for market leaders across the energy value chain throughout Africa, and we have extensive experience in highly complex cross-border energy projects, spanning a host of areas and all development stages.

We have the unique advantage, as Africa’s largest law firm, of being able to harness the expertise of more than 600 practitioners throughout the continent. We have 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

  • Renewable energy (including solar, wind, water, hydroelectric and biomass)
  • Non-renewable energy (including coal, petroleum, oil and gas)
  • Minerals and mining
  • Environmental
  • Agribusiness and forestry
  • Biodiversity and eco-tourism
  • Climate change and carbon markets
  • Nuclear power
  • Sustainable ocean management
  • Waste management
  • Commercial structuring and transactions
  • Competition
  • Dispute resolution and litigation
  • Employment
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Project finance
  • Property acquisition and development
  • Regulatory and compliance
  • Tax


Water laws assessment
water laws comparative assessment for Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe on behalf of an African inter-governmental commission and an international finance institution
Acid mine litigation
litigation possibly facing a major gold mining company relating to the management and treatment of acid mine drainage from historical mining operations.
disposal by a French multinational integrated oil and gas company of 100% of the issued share capital of its coal business in South Africa and its related export marketing rights through the Richards Bay Coal Terminal to one of South Africa's largest and foremost black-empowered resource companies, and a leading coal producer.
Biomass power
development of a 25 MW biomass power plant under the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) Programme.
Wind farms
EPC contracts, O&M agreements, design and installation contracts, and logistics and transportation agreements drafted, negotiated and settled for the development of two wind farms of 120 MW and 32.5 MW respectively.
Climate change legislation
in South Africa by our participation in the inter-departmental team responsible for the drafting of climate change legislation and our continued advising on climate and carbon-related matters.
acquisition of a major American mining company by a major South African gold mining company, transforming it into a global mining giant. This deal won the 2016 DealMakers Deal of the Year Award.
financing by a debt capital provider in Ghana to acquire the mine and mining assets of a Ghanaian gold mining company.
Ethiopian power project
development and financing of a 100 MW power project in Ethiopia for an international power developer within the framework on Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP 2).
Zimbabwean solar power
development and financing of a 15 MW solar power plant in Zimbabwe for an independent power producer in relation to EPC, O&M and Power Purchase agreements.