Skip to Content

Our Programmes:


The impacts of mining on the environment and on the communities that rely on those natural resources Learn more...


Addressing ecosystems that are threatened and endangered by the unauthorised conversion or irresponsible management of virgin land. Learn more...


South Africa faces extraordinary challenges in relation to the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Learn more...

Latest News

Joint Statement: Mining Lekgotla Fails to Acknowledge and Address Key Challenges in South Africa’s Extractive Sector, say Rights Groups

August 15, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Cape Town – The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) and the Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC) express their disappointment with the outcomes of the 2014 Mining Lekgotla in Johannesburg this week. The mining sector remains one of the most fractured industries in South Africa and those with the power… continued


16 August 2014: Remember the slain of Marikana

August 15, 2014 at 11:10 am

For more information on the Marikana massacre of 16 August 2012 and the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, visit: Marikana Commission of Inquiry website Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa’s website Miners Shot Down, a documentary by Rehad Desai available to watch for free on The Daily Vox. The film is also being screened on Al… continued


CER in the media

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.

Report a Violation

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.

Contact us

Physical & Postal

  • Address:Second Floor, Springfield Studios, 1 Scott Road, Observatory, 7925, Cape Town
  • Map:View map

Connect with us