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Call for nominations: Environmental Rights & Remedies – a training course for activists

16 April 2018 at 1:42 pm

Activists participating in the CER’s first Environmental Rights & Remedies course in February 2017.
Activists participating in the CER’s first Environmental Rights & Remedies course in February 2017.

In the first quarter of 2017, the Centre for Environmental Rights rolled out our pilot Environmental Rights & Remedies – a course for activists training course. In August 2017 we completed a full evaluation of the pilot project. The graduates indicated that the course significantly enhanced the way they approach environmental activism, with one describing it as the best training he had ever attended. As a result of the training, the graduates have been demanding compliance with environmental laws in their communities, and exercising remedies taught on the course.

We are now calling for nominations for our second course, which will take place in Cape Town from 22 August to 6 September 2018.

This course will continue to focus on practical training outcomes and provide participants with a range of skills to facilitate engagement with government and industry, including the use of statutory remedies (e.g. writing complaint and objection letters, reporting environmental violations, and using access to information laws). The course will include practical sessions on topics ranging from organising stakeholder meetings and media engagement, to effective presentation skills and record keeping.

Designed to capacitate seasoned activists from communities affected by environmental rights violations, the course will empower participants to use the law to assert their rights, push for compliance, and hold government and the private sector accountable for violations of environment law. Successful applicants will be asked to return to their communities and act as focal points for environmental rights.

To apply – or nominate – someone for this course, download the form Call for nominations: Environmental Rights and Remedies – a training course for activists.

For enquiries, please contact CER attorney, Matome Kapa, on


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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