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We are activist lawyers who work with communities and civil society organisations in South Africa to realise our Constitutional right to a healthy environment by advocating and litigating for environmental justice. We seek a just, equitable, compassionate society which is resilient, celebrates diversity, and respects the inter-dependence between people and the environment.


CER admitted as amicus in appeal of troubling judgment against mining-affected community 

CER admitted as amicus in appeal of troubling judgment against mining-affected community 

19 March 2020

On 13 February 2020, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) admitted the Centre for Environmental Rights as an amicus curiae (friend of the court) in an appeal by the Global Environment Trust and Others against a 2018 judgement of the Pietermaritzburg High Court. In that judgment now under appeal, the court had refused to grant an interdict application brought by the Applicants against Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd and had ordered public interest litigants to pay the legal costs of the coal mining company.   The CER intervened in… continued

Calling for applications for new non-executive directors

Calling for applications for new non-executive directors

19 February 2020

In view of the imminent retirement of two of our non-executive directors in accordance with our governance practice, the Board of the Centre for Environmental Rights wishes to appoint two new non-executive directors, one of whom will head the Board’s Finance & Audit Committee. The Centre for Environmental Rights NPC is a non-profit public interest… continued

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Section 24of 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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