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Centre for Environmental Rights – Advancing Environmental Rights in South Africa

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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.

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MELISSA FOURIE: Karpowership projects risk being another Medupi

MELISSA FOURIE: Karpowership projects risk being another Medupi

11 August 2022

Article by Mellissa Fourie, originally published by Business Day. Karpowership is trying to exploit load-shedding to tie SA into a long-term contract that would be a financial and climate albatross around the country’s neck After news broke on Monday of its unsuccessful appeal against the refusal of environmental approval for its floating gas powerships, Turkish… continued

Mine blasting is a Constitutional rights issue

Mine blasting is a Constitutional rights issue

2 August 2022

Article by Danjelle Midgely, Attorney at CER. Published by Mail & Guardian Mine blasting, which affects hundreds of fenceline communities around South Africa on a daily or weekly basis, is damaging to infrastructure, disruptive to everyday life, causes deafening noise and releases toxic dust linked to numerous long-term health conditions. If South Africa is to… continued

Plans for new Lephalale coal mine challenged in court over climate impacts

Plans for new Lephalale coal mine challenged in court over climate impacts

1 August 2022

Environmental justice group Earthlife Africa, represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), is challenging the environmental authorisation of a proposed new coal mine in Limpopo in light of the serious threats that it poses to the region’s air quality, climate impacts and for dismal consultation with affected communities. On 29 July 2022, environmental justice… continued

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