The CER’s mining programme focuses on the environmental management of mining in South Africa. The goal of the programme is to promote environmental justice in the mining sector by advocating for better environmental laws and improved implementation of laws, litigating on behalf of mining-affected communities and civil society organisations, facilitating networking among relevant stakeholders and supporting activists.
For the past few years, there has been ongoing engagement between civil society, community organisations, academic institutions and law clinics increasingly concerned about the impacts of mining on the environment and on the communities that rely on those natural resources. This coalition has now evolved into a Mining-Environment-Community Alliance (Alliance) that works together to implement a Civil Society Legal Strategy to Promote Environmental Compliance, Transparency and Accountability in Mining (Strategy).
The Strategy consists of a range of interventions, implemented independently and collaboratively by the project participants, ranging from national networking and coordination, research, advocacy and litigation.
Members of the Alliance met again in late July 2016 for the Mining and Environmental Justice Conference outside of Pretoria.
The focus of our concern and endeavours is not to oppose mining, but to ensure that adequate assessment and mitigation of detrimental impacts take place within reasonable timeframes before prospecting and mining are commenced, followed by predictable compliance monitoring of requirements set, and strong enforcement action taken when non-compliance is found. This is the only way to ensure responsible environmental practices at mines, in the interest of workers, communities and the country.
- National Legislation35
- International instruments4
- Provincial Legislation16
- Parliamentary Oversight1
- Key Correspondence23
- Government Documents5
Request to DEA for information relating to the international export of live rhinoceros from South Africa
April 13, 2017
Request to Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife for copies of TOPS-related applications and permits relating to Emdoneni Lodge and Cheetah Project
March 17, 2017
Request to DWS for a list of all applications or petitions for the upliftment of suspensions of water use licences pending the outcome of appeals
March 14, 2017