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"We know our lives are in danger": New report speaks of environment of fear in mining communities

“We know our lives are in danger”: New report speaks of environment of fear in mining communities

16 April 2019

Community activists in mining areas face harassment, intimidation, and violence, the Centre for Environmental Rights, groundWork, Earthjustice, and Human Rights Watch said in a joint report and short film released today. The attacks and harassment have created an atmosphere of fear for community members who mobilise to raise concerns about damage to their livelihoods from… continued

CER joins KZN coal mining dispute as friend of the court

CER joins KZN coal mining dispute as friend of the court

4 April 2019

The Centre for Environmental Rights has intervened as a friend of the court in an application for leave to appeal a 2018 judgment where the KwaZulu-Natal High Court refused to stop a coal mining company from operating, and ordered the applicants to pay the mining company’s legal costs. The Global Environmental Trust (GET), the Mfolozi… continued

CER appoints its first Deputy Director: Meet Wandisa Phama

CER appoints its first Deputy Director: Meet Wandisa Phama

11 March 2019

The Centre for Environmental Rights is honoured to announce the appointment of its first Deputy Director. Wandisa Phama is a public interest lawyer and activist, and a former acting co-deputy director and head of the Business and Human Rights Programme at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at Wits. Wandisa started at CER as its… 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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