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Victory for Vaal communities as the Supreme Court of Appeal orders ArcelorMittal to release environmental records

November 26, 2014 at 2:30 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE In a hard-hitting judgement handed down on 26 November 2014, the Supreme Court of Appeal ordered ArcelorMittal South Africa Ltd (AMSA) to release various environmental records to the Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance (VEJA), and to pay the communities’ legal costs. The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) refused AMSA’s appeal against the September… continued


The day in pictures: Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance at the Supreme Court of Appeal

November 6, 2014 at 4:32 pm

Today, the Supreme Court of Appeal heard ArcelorMittal South Africa’s arguments in the appeal against the High Court decision ordering Amsa to release various records regarding the environmental impacts and compliance at their Vanderbijlpark and Vereeniging steelworks to community organisation the Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance. Judgement was reserved. For background on the case, read Media… 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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