Right to water

Using management technology to ensure the constitutional right to water

Intelligent water management technologies could be the answer to some of South Africa’s water challenges. This is the view of Nicolene Steyn, one of the youngest PhD students at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Faculty of Law, who believes smart technologies could help ensure the right to water.

Her study, a desktop-based investigation of current sources, is the first to explore intelligent water management technologies and their potential to address legally relevant South African city-level water service delivery challenges. Read more


Informal Economy

Getting the Constitution to work for street traders

While the informal economy is lifting hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty, several municipal by-laws hinder the growth of their businesses, and – to some extent – allow for the violation of their rights. A researcher from the North-West University (NWU) believes a possible solution for the protection and development of this sector lies in the Constitution.

Nonhlanhla Ngcobo, a PhD researcher associated with the South African Research Chair (SARChI) in Cities, Law and Environmental Sustainability in the Faculty of Law, has some suggestions following her study titled “The informal economy for local economic development in South Africa: A Constitutional law approach”. Read more


Informal Economy

It’s time to put environmental regulations to work

With calls for safer, cleaner environments, a North-West University (NWU) researcher suggests that local governments use and enforce existing environmental regulations to ensure a better quality of life for all.

Maricélle Botes, part of the research team at the Faculty of Law's South African Research Chair in Cities, Law and Environmental Sustainability (CLES), says that while regulations and instruments are available, they are not being utilised. Read more


Environmental Law

NWU student shines at Environmental Law conference

North-West University (NWU) law student Nicolene Steyn recently won second prize for best speaker/presentation at the 9th Environmental Law Association (ELA) student’s online conference.

Several NWU law students attended the conference themed “(Re)configuring environmental law amidst Covid-19” and hosted by the University of Pretoria. Read more


Ms Angela van der Berg

European-based summer school for postgraduate researchers

Ms Angela van der Berg (PhD Research Fellow and Programme Coordinator at the South African Research Chair:

Cities, Law and Environmental Sustainability (CLES), NWU, Faculty of Law) has been selected to participate in a European-based summer school for postgraduate researchers. Read more