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Media Release: CER responds to the release of National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report for 2014/2015

November 3, 2015 at 10:00 am

The Centre for Environmental Rights welcomes the release of the eighth annual National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report (NECER) by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) on 2 November 2015. The NECER contains the environmental compliance and enforcement results for the year ending 31 March 2015 achieved by the DEA, 9 provincial environmental departments, 5… continued


Hamba kahle, Baba Dladla

October 21, 2015 at 9:20 am

Last weekend, respected KwaZulu-Natal environmental justice activist Gednezar Dladla passed away after a short battle with cancer. Mr Dladla was one of the founding members and a current member of the steering committee of the Mining and Environmental Justice Community Network of South Africa. Mr Dladla was a tireless campaigner for the environmental rights of… continued


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Section 24 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

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