Enviro affairs wastes millions on bungled permits

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Enviro affairs wastes millions on bungled permits

High court questions the capabilities of department officials involved in granting ecotourism licences

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Former environmental affairs minister Nomvula Mokonyane and her predecessor, Edna Molewa, racked up at least six adverse court rulings relating to ecotourism licences within 18 months – costing SA taxpayers an estimated minimum R3m in legal fees.

Molewa was minister from 2010 until her death in August 2018, following which Mokonyane took over. President Cyril Ramaphosa this week announced that Barbara Creecy would be the new minister of environment, forestry and fisheries.

Mokonyane is not in Ramaphosa's new cabinet...

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