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Centre for Environmental Rights – Advancing Environmental Rights in South Africa

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We are activist lawyers who work with communities and civil society organisations in South Africa to realise our Constitutional right to a healthy environment by advocating and litigating for environmental justice. We seek a just, equitable, compassionate society which is resilient, celebrates diversity, and respects the inter-dependence between people and the environment.

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Statement on environmental MEC’s decision to exclude properties from the Mabola Protected Environment to enable a new coal mine

Statement on environmental MEC’s decision to exclude properties from the Mabola Protected Environment to enable a new coal mine

15 February 2021

Statement by the Mabola Coalition* on the Mpumalanga MEC for Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs to revoke the protected area status for a large part of the Mabola Protected Environment “We, a coalition of eight non-profit public interest organisations, have been challenging the authorisation of a large new coal mine inside a declared… 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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