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Centre for Environmental Rights - Advancing Environmental Rights in South Africa

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Our Programmes:

Transparency

Overview

Access to information is essential for the exercise of environmental rights and is regulated in South Africa through the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (Act 2 of 2000) (PAIA). PAIA was designed to enable citizens to access information from private and public bodies through a simple procedure.

The CER has, since its establishment in 2010, advocated for greater transparency in environmental governance and for swift and easy access to environmental information. In particular, we have campaigned for automatically available, online public licence registers. We also monitor compliance with PAIA and put pressure on regulators and companies for greater disclosure of all information required for citizens to ensure that our Constitutional right to a healthy environment is upheld.

We are a member of the Access to Information Network, which is a network of civil society organisations that cooperate to achieve the common objective of advancing access to information rights for ordinary people in South Africa.

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.

Contact us

  • Telephone:+27 21 447 1647
  • Fax:+27 86 730 9098
  • Email:info@cer.org.za
  • Address:Second Floor, Springtime Studios, 1 Scott Road, Observatory, 7925, Cape Town
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