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Documentary on health impacts of coal on Mpumalanga Highveld launched online

July 27, 2015 at 9:00 am

Today, our partner organisation groundWork launches The Bliss of Ignorance – an award-winning new documentary that explores South Africa’s complex relationship with one of the country’s most abundant resources: coal. The documentary, which features residents of the Mpumalanga Highveld and a range of legal and scientific experts, looks at the impact of South Africa’s energy… continued


Media Release: Highveld communities take a stand against pollution from Eskom power stations

July 23, 2015 at 3:09 pm

The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) today represented Highveld communities in their legal challenge of the Nkangala District Municipality (NDM’s) decision to relax the pollution limits of two Eskom coal-fired power stations. NDM Executive Mayor, Thomas Ngwenya, heard the CER’s appeal – delivered on behalf of the Highveld Environmental Justice Network (HEJN), groundWork, and Earthlife… 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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