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Driving Change in Steel Making: The Role of AMSA Stakeholders and Civil Society

Driving Change in Steel Making: The Role of AMSA Stakeholders and Civil Society

24 May 2024

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Ahead of ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA)’s 2024 AGM, the Centre of Environmental Rights (CER) publishes a new report highlighting the responsibility of stakeholders in AMSA’s steel value chain. The report, titled “ArcelorMittal and the Responsibility of Stakeholders in the Steel Value Chain“, highlights the pivotal role of AMSA’s stakeholders across the steel value… continued

LAC Statement on Minister Creecy’s decision to grant  Sasol’s MES appeal

LAC Statement on Minister Creecy’s decision to grant  Sasol’s MES appeal

10 May 2024

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DATE: 10 May 2024 The Life After Coal campaign, consisting of groundWork, Earthlife Africa and the Centre for Environmental Rights, as well as Vukani Environmental Justice Movement, the Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance and the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance, condemn the 5 April 2024 decision by the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment… continued

Civil society organisations welcome imminent promulgation of the Climate Change Act: A crucial step towards a meaningful response to climate change

Civil society organisations welcome imminent promulgation of the Climate Change Act: A crucial step towards a meaningful response to climate change

30 April 2024

IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: 30 April 2024 As South Africa celebrates 30 years of democracy, the nation also rejoices in the the long-awaited Climate Change Act, (currently on  the President’s desk for assent) heralding it as a critically important instrument to define, manage, monitor, and implement the nation’s response to climate change challenges. Years in the… continued

A Gender Just Climate Transition: Report launch

A Gender Just Climate Transition: Report launch

22 April 2024

On Friday, 19 April 2024, The Centre for Environmental Rights, in partnership with Naturskyddsföreningen (SSNC) and South African organisations Earthlife Africa, Environmental Monitoring Group, and groundWork, hosted a webinar to launch a joint report, titled “A Gender Just Climate Transition.” The report deals with the interplay between gender and environmental justice, drawing on work examples… continued

Mabola coalition in court again to safeguard Protected Area

Mabola coalition in court again to safeguard Protected Area

16 April 2024

On 16 April 2024 a coalition of environmental justice organisations, represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), will appear in another High Court hearing in the ongoing nine-year legal battle to prevent coal mining in a Protected Area and Strategic Water Source Area near Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga. The application, to be heard in the… continued

In the face of the climate emergency, the IRP2023 lacks climate commitment

In the face of the climate emergency, the IRP2023 lacks climate commitment

27 March 2024

The Life After Coal Campaign, a joint environmental justice campaign by  Earthlife Africa (“ELA”), groundWork (“gW”), and the Centre for Environmental Rights (“CER”), along with Black Girls Rising (“BGR”) have submitted comments on the Draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2023. The submission highlights fundamental flaws and skepticism in the plans’ ability to ensure cost-effective electricity… continued

Can emitters be held liable for climate change loss and damages?

Can emitters be held liable for climate change loss and damages?

20 March 2024

IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) has launched a new report that explores liability and accountability of emitters, particularly major greenhouse gas emitting entities in the context of climate change loss and damage. The report is based on the major flooding that took place in KZN in April 2022. The unprecedented rainfall and… continued

Civil society approaches court to challenge go-ahead for Richard's Bay gas-to-power plant 

Civil society approaches court to challenge go-ahead for Richard’s Bay gas-to-power plant 

11 March 2024

IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: 11 March 2023 Environmental justice groups groundWork and the South Durban community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA), represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), filed a review application in February 2024. The review challenges the Minister’s decision to uphold an environmental authorisation that was granted in November 2022 to the proposed 2000 MW… continued

Richards Bay Karpowership's Environmental Authorisation Challenged in Appeal Process

Richards Bay Karpowership’s Environmental Authorisation Challenged in Appeal Process

23 November 2023

IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: 23 November 2023 Environmental and social justice organisations groundWork (gW) and the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA), represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) have submitted an appeal against the environmental authorisation (EA) granted to the project in October 2023. The appeal is directed to Forestry, Fisheries and Environment Minister… continued

The battle continues as the Mabola Coalition is back in court to safeguard a Strategic Water Source Area

The battle continues as the Mabola Coalition is back in court to safeguard a Strategic Water Source Area

14 November 2023

Media Advisory DATE: 14 November 2023 Today, another High Court review application by the coalition of environmental justice organisations, represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), will be heard in the ongoing eight-year legal battle to prevent coal mining in a Protected Area and Strategic Water Source Area near Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga. The case… continued

Government Secrecy over Coal-Plant Decommissioning Report

Government Secrecy over Coal-Plant Decommissioning Report

1 November 2023

IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: 1 November 2023 Cape Town- Civil society is concerned about National Treasury’s delay in releasing crucial information relevant to the future of coal-fired power plants in South Africa. Treasury announced in February this year that it had commissioned an independent review of Eskom’s 14 coal-fired power plants and that the review would… continued

Activism and Agency: An inspired first week highlight of CER's Rights & Remedies 2023 Journey 

Activism and Agency: An inspired first week highlight of CER’s Rights & Remedies 2023 Journey 

15 September 2023

On September 5th, the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) proudly launched the 7th edition of the Rights and Remedies Course for environmental justice activists, welcoming 14 dedicated environmental and climate activists from various parts of the country, to embark on a journey of empowerment and knowledge-sharing at this year’s Rights and Remedies course. The theme… continued

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