The introduction of black economic empowerment (BEE) legislation has helped increase integration in South Africa’s key mining sector, with more than a quarter of mineral assets set to be in BEE hands by 2014. At the same time, inadequate infrastructure risks are hindering economic and social development and may cause environmental problems – as discussed in two further articles on www.thelawyer.com.
A recent string of power cuts may serve to increase air and water pollution by deactivating essential processing technology. This could lead to negligence claims being brought against monopoly utility Eskom.
Also on www.thelawyer.com, Bowman Gilfillan partner Daniel Pretorius discusses how the managed liberalisation of the telecoms sector has failed to increase broadband penetration levels, to the detriment of major tranches of the population.