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Centre for Environmental Rights - Advancing Environmental Rights in South Africa

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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.


Applications for candidate attorneys 2019-2021 now open

7 June 2018

The Centre for Environmental Rights is now accepting applications for candidate attorneys for 2019-2021, commencing articles on 1 February 2019, based in our Cape Town office. We are looking for bright law graduates from historically disadvantaged groups who have a special interest in and passion for the environment and environmental justice, and using the law… continued

Minister’s statement flies in the face of latest 'no new coal' report

Minister’s statement flies in the face of latest ‘no new coal’ report

4 June 2018

The Minister of Energy on Friday reiterated government’s intention to proceed with the procurement of expensive, dirty electricity from two independent coal power plants – despite compelling evidence about the disastrous impacts these plants would have for South Africa. Last week, the Energy Research Centre (ERC) released a report proving that the two new coal plants,… 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.

Report a Violation

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.

Contact us

  • Address:Cape Town: Second Floor, Springtime Studios, 1 Scott Road, Observatory, 7925, Cape Town - View map
  • Address:Johannesburg: Ninth Floor, Southpoint Corner, 87 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, 2001, Johannesburg - View map