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We are activist lawyers who help communities and civil society organisations in South Africa realise our Constitutional right to a healthy environment by advocating and litigating for environmental justice.

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Proposed new coal plants would make already dangerous levels of water pollution in Olifants River Catchment even more toxic

Proposed new coal plants would make already dangerous levels of water pollution in Olifants River Catchment even more toxic

September 18, 2017 at 11:16 am

A 2014 epidemiological study conducted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and other scientific institutions reveals that communities relying on the Lower Olifants River are being exposed to alarming and unacceptable levels of dangerous contamination in the Olifants River. Despite this, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) continues to authorise developments… continued

MPs to probe problems with air quality compliance, and impacts on health, tomorrow

MPs to probe problems with air quality compliance, and impacts on health, tomorrow

September 12, 2017 at 1:12 pm

On Wednesday, 13 September 2017, the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs is hosting a Colloquium on South Africa’s poor air quality at Parliament. The Colloquium focuses in particular in the challenges of achieving compliance with South Africa’s Air Quality Act. Key features of the Colloquium include: A presentation by the Department of Environmental Affairs on… continued

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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.

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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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  • Email:info@cer.org.za
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