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The day in pictures: Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance at the Supreme Court of Appeal

November 6, 2014 at 4:32 pm

Today, the Supreme Court of Appeal heard ArcelorMittal South Africa’s arguments in the appeal against the High Court decision ordering Amsa to release various records regarding the environmental impacts and compliance at their Vanderbijlpark and Vereeniging steelworks to community organisation the Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance. Judgement was reserved. For background on the case, read Media… continued


Money Talks: A new CER Report on Commercial Interests and Transparency in Environmental Governance

November 5, 2014 at 2:35 pm

The Centre for Environmental Rights today launches its latest report on transparency in environmental governance, entitled Money Talks: Commercial Interests and Transparency in Environmental Governance. The CER has submitted 240 requests for records on environmental governance and management under the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (PAIA) since 2010. Four and a half years later,… 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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