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Joint media release: Sasol withdraws ill-conceived litigation against the State to set aside air quality standards

April 20, 2015 at 1:05 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE On Friday, Sasol gave notice that it was withdrawing its controversial litigation against the Minister of Environmental Affairs and the National Air Quality Officer to set aside certain air quality standards. While this is a welcome step by Sasol and a victory for air quality governance, it is important to understand this… continued


Media Release: De Beers uses delaying tactics to avoid scrutiny of its sale of Namaqualand Mines

April 16, 2015 at 10:14 am

For the past two years, civil society organisation Conservation South Africa has tried to access key environmental records from the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) regarding the sale of De Beers’ Namaqualand Mines to TransHex subsidiary, Emerald Panther Investments 78 (Pty) Ltd. When the DMR eventually agreed to hand over the records following Conservation SA’s… continued


Media Release: Civil society and community organisations take on Mineral Resources for authorising a coal mine inside an Mpumalanga protected area

April 1, 2015 at 12:46 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE On 1 April 2015, a broad-based coalition of eight civil society and community organisations launched an appeal to the Minister of Mineral Resources to set aside the Department of Mineral Resources’ decision to grant a mining right to a mining company inside a declared protected environment near Wakkerstroom in the Mpumalanga grasslands. The… 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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