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Court victory for South Africa’s protected areas in Mabola case

Court victory for South Africa’s protected areas in Mabola case

8 November 2018

Today, the North Gauteng High Court set aside the 2016 decisions of former Mineral Resources Minister Zwane and the late Environmental Affairs Minister Molewa to permit a new coal mine to be developed in the Mabola Protected Environment near Wakkerstroom, Mpumalanga. The case was brought by the coalition of eight civil society organisations challenging a… continued

Lessons in environmental self-defence

Lessons in environmental self-defence

5 November 2018

First published in the Nov/Dec 2018 issue of African Birdlife. Shaped by centuries of exploitation, the South African landscape has witnessed many one-sided battles for environmental and social justice in which the Davids have faced seemingly insurmountable odds while trying to challenge the Goliaths. All too often, these metaphorical Davids – under-resourced activists from small, often… 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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