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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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New research by CER partner groundWork shows how coal power is turning Mpumalanga Highveld into wasteland

New research by CER partner groundWork shows how coal power is turning Mpumalanga Highveld into wasteland

November 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm

At the launch of a new groundWork report entitled Destruction of the Highveld: Part 2 – Burning Coal in eMalahleni, “the place of coal”, yesterday, community members* confirmed the study’s findings that Eskom’s coal addiction is causing serious health problems and killing people in the Highveld. They also called for a community and worker-led process to drive a just… continued

CER attorneys raise Constitutional defence in SLAPP suit, and experts join as friends of the court

CER attorneys raise Constitutional defence in SLAPP suit, and experts join as friends of the court

November 20, 2017 at 12:01 pm

The defendants in the defamation suit brought by a subsidiary of Australian mining company Mineral Commodities Limited (MRC), including two CER attorneys, have raised Constitutional arguments in response to the defamation claims. The University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) at the University of the Witwatersrand have intervened in… 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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  • Telephone:+27 21 447 1647
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  • Email:info@cer.org.za
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