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Centre for Environmental Rights - Advancing Environmental Rights in South Africa

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The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) has instituted legal proceedings in its own name or as attorneys of record for communities and other civil society organisations in a number of cases since 2010. The details of some of our active cases are set out below.

Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, BirdLife South Africa, Mining and Environmental Justice Community Network of South Africa, Endangered Wildlife Trust, Bench Marks Foundation, groundWork, Federation for a Sustainable Environment and the Association for Water and Rural Development v the Minister of Mineral Resources, Atha-Africa Ventures (Pty) Ltd and others

In this matter, a group of civil society and community-based organisations are challenging the decision by the Department of Mineral Resources and the Minister of Mineral Resources to grant a mining right in respect of the Mabola Protected Environment, a Strategic Water Source Area in Mpumalanga Province

Escarpment Environment Protection Group and BirdLife South Africa v Minister of Mineral Resources, Department of Mineral Resources and William Patrick Bower (Pty) Ltd

In this matter, the Escarpment Environment Protection Group (EEPOG) and BirdLife South Africa (BirdLife) is challenging the decision of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) to grant a mining right to William Patrick Bower (Pty) Ltd (WPB) in respect of a farm in the Steenkampsberg between Belfast and Dullstroom, another Strategic Water Source Area.The Minister of Mineral Resources (Minister) failed to take a decision on the internal appeals submitted by EEPOG and BirdLife.

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.

Report a Violation

National Environmental Crimes & Incidents Hotline (24 hours): 0800 205 005

In addition, there are a number of national and provincial hotlines that may be useful.

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