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


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Eskom’s applications to delay compliance with air quality laws: Civil society groups respond to further information submitted by Eskom

October 17, 2014 at 9:48 am

On 16 October 2014, on behalf of a group of civil society and community organisations, the CER submitted to the National Air Quality Officer additional objections to Eskom’s applications to postpone compliance with minimum emission standards commencing on 1 April 2015, to ensure that the decision-makers are in possession of relevant information, as required by… continued


Contaminated water: Community activists, environmental rights lawyers, academics and journalists head for Northwest

October 17, 2014 at 9:21 am

Next week, a group of 35 community activists, environmental rights lawyers, academics and journalists are taking to the dusty roads of Northwest to talk about persistent problems with water quality, poor waste water treatment resulting in contamination of drinking water. Most  importantly, we will be looking at what citizens, communities and activists faced with 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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