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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.


Victory in SA's first climate change court case!

Victory in SA’s first climate change court case!

March 8, 2017 at 10:53 am

Today the North Gauteng High Court ruled in favour of environmental justice organisation Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA), and referred the appeal against the environmental authorisation for a new coal-fired power station back to the Minister of Environmental Affairs on the basis that its climate change impacts had not properly been considered. In South Africa’s first… continued

Joint Media Release: Response to DEA’s statement about proposed coal mine inside Mabola Protected Environment

Joint Media Release: Response to DEA’s statement about proposed coal mine inside Mabola Protected Environment

March 7, 2017 at 12:45 pm

On 23 February 2017, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) issued a statement on its website entitled “Environmental Affairs clarifies matters around permission granted to Atha-Africa ventures to mine within the Mabola protected environment in Mpumalanga province”[1]. The DEA’s statement aimed to “correct misinformation being disseminated in the public space”, and referred to “a number… 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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