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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.


SA’s revised climate plans are not ambitious enough

SA’s revised climate plans are not ambitious enough

4 May 2021

Life After Coal Campaign partners Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), groundWork and Earthlife Africa, along with several civil society groups, have submitted comments on South Africa’s draft updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) – the commitment to tackle climate change under the Paris Agreement. In written arguments submitted on 30 April 2021, ahead of Workers’ Day,… continued

Activists relieved as Limpopo Province slams the brakes on risky Musina Makhado Mega-Project   

Activists relieved as Limpopo Province slams the brakes on risky Musina Makhado Mega-Project  

19 March 2021

The Life After Coal Campaign welcomes the temporary halt called by the Limpopo provincial government on the controversial and harmful Musina Makhado Energy and Metallurgical Special Economic Zone (EMSEZ) project.  According to a letter posted on appointed environmental consultants Deltabec’s website on 15 March 2021, the Limpopo Economic Development Environment and Tourism Department (LEDET) notified… 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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Contact the National Environmental Crimes & Incidents Hotline (24 hours) or one of the national and provincial hotlines.