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Samancor loses bid to block disclosure of environmental compliance audit reports

March 24, 2015 at 4:58 pm

In another victory in the fight against corporate secrecy around environmental impacts, the Minister of Environmental Affairs has rejected an appeal by Samancor Chrome against the Department of Environmental Affairs’ decision to disclose key environmental compliance records in relation to Samancor’s Middelburg Ferrochrome plant. The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) had decided to release these documents… continued


Human Rights Day 2015: Local activism + law = justice

March 23, 2015 at 7:24 am

On Saturday, Human Rights Day 2015, Centre for Environmental Rights attorneys participated in the launch of a photographic exhibition by photographer Eva-Lotta Jansson entitled “An Acid River Runs Through It”. The exhibition featured images of acid mine drainage (AMD) in and around Johannesburg, and of the people affected by it. The exhibition took place in… 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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