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Latest News

New vacancy at the CER: Junior Attorney in our Environmental Rights programme

July 9, 2014 at 10:00 am

The Centre for Environmental Rights is now recruiting for a junior attorney to join its growing Environmental Rights programme. The ideal candidate is an admitted attorney with a passion for social and environmental justice, accountability and compliance, and empowerment of communities affected by activities that violate their environmental rights. While this position is primarily focused… continued


Media Release: Eskom’s coal is a killer, new study finds

July 3, 2014 at 8:04 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE groundWork (Friends of the Earth South Africa) eMalahleni, Highveld, South Africa, 3 July 2014 – While Eskom awaits decisions from the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) on its applications for postponement (in many cases, effectively exemption) to meet minimum emission standards for its coal-fired power stations, a new study [1] commissioned by… continued


Environmental Rights Blog: Help! People are breathing here

July 2, 2014 at 8:51 am

Breathing air that does not damage health is one of the most important constitutional rights. But some municipalities on the polluted Mpumalanga Highveld are battling to enforce the Air Quality Act, writes Robyn Hugo. The Mpumalanga Highveld is home to twelve of Eskom’s coal-fired power stations, Sasol’s operations, Highveld Steel and Vanadium, Columbus Stainless Steel,… 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

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