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We are activist lawyers who help communities and civil society organisations in South Africa realise our Constitutional right to a healthy environment by advocating and litigating for environmental justice.


Call for public consultation on water licence for mine on edge of West Coast National Park

Call for public consultation on water licence for mine on edge of West Coast National Park

February 22, 2017 at 8:00 am

Earlier this week, the Centre for Environmental Rights requested the Department of Water & Sanitation’s Western Cape Regional Office to order mining company Elandsfontein Exploration and Mining Pty Ltd (EEM) to conduct public participation in its application for a water use licence. Despite not yet having a water use licence, and with its environmental management… continued

SA's first climate change lawsuit coming soon

SA’s first climate change lawsuit coming soon

February 20, 2017 at 9:00 am

SA’s first climate change litigation starts in the Pretoria High Court on Thursday, 2 March 2017 when Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA), represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), will challenge the decision of the Minister of Environmental Affairs to uphold the environmental authorisation for the proposed Thabametsi coal-fired power plant. As far as we… 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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National Environmental Crimes & Incidents Hotline (24 hours): 0800 205 005

In addition, there are a number of national and provincial hotlines that may be useful.

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