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Responsible Investment only - is the rallying call from activists ahead of the SA Investment Conference

Responsible Investment only – is the rallying call from activists ahead of the SA Investment Conference

4 November 2019

CAPE TOWN: In an open letter to the Presidency of Cyril Ramaphosa, activist lawyers, civil society and community organisations call on government leaders to consider the environmental and health impacts of extractive and pollutant industries ahead of the SA Investment Conference which gets underway in Johannesburg this week. They demand that only responsible investors be… continued

Communities in Mpumalanga are demanding meaningful consultative forums to address the serious health impacts of water pollution caused by coal-mining companies   

Communities in Mpumalanga are demanding meaningful consultative forums to address the serious health impacts of water pollution caused by coal-mining companies  

24 October 2019

In July 2019, the Centre for Environmental Rights released a report as part of CER’s Full Disclosure series, on eight large coal mining companies operating in Mpumalanga, uncovering many cases of significant non-compliance with their water use licences. The report illustrated how a failure by the Department of Human Settlements, Water & Sanitation (the ‘Department’)… continued

Rights and Remedies course - activating activists

Rights and Remedies course – activating activists

15 October 2019

Last month The Centre for Environmental Rights held its 2019 Rights & Remedies: A Course for Activist. 15 activists participated in a two-week long course that empowers individuals actively pushing back against destructive industries in their communities and furnishes them with the tools to defend their environmental rights. Since its inception, the course capacitates participants… continued

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Section 24of 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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