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Environmental groups take government to High Court over violation of Constitutional right to clean air

Environmental groups take government to High Court over violation of Constitutional right to clean air

10 June 2019

Groups claim pollution from coal-fired power plants in the Highveld Priority Area violates right to a healthy environment under the Constitution Mpumalanga, South Africa—On Friday, 7 June 2019, environmental justice group groundWork [1] and Mpumalanga community organisation Vukani Environmental Justice Movement in Action (Vukani) [2] launched landmark litigation demanding that government clean up the air… continued

2019 World Environment Day highlights SA deaths from air pollution

2019 World Environment Day highlights SA deaths from air pollution

4 June 2019

On the 5th of June each year, the United Nations hosts World Environment Day, which is used to bring global awareness to severe environmental issues that require urgent political action. This year’s World Environment Day is especially significant for South Africa where air pollution from coal-fired power stations kills more than 2 200 people every… 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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