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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.


Appeal against provincial approval for mine in water hotspot heard in Nelspruit this week

Appeal against provincial approval for mine in water hotspot heard in Nelspruit this week

August 15, 2017 at 8:00 am

This week, the coalition of eight civil society and community organisations challenging the proposed coal mine inside the Mabola Protected Environment outside Wakkerstroom, Mpumalanga, is presenting their appeal of the environmental authorisation issued by the Mpumalanga environment department (MDARDLEA) for the proposed mine to an expert panel appointed by the Mpumalanga MEC for Environment. The… continued

We're hiring: Corporate Accountability Investigator

We’re hiring: Corporate Accountability Investigator

August 7, 2017 at 7:00 am

The Centre is looking for an Investigator to join our Corporate Accountability team. The suitable candidate has a background in finance, corporate law or financial journalism, a passion for environmental rights and justice, and a keen interest in the potential for the investment system to hold companies to account and drive social change. Key responsibilities… 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.

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