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The Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment and National Air Quality Officer Face Legal Action Over Alleged Permitting of Excessive Hydrogen Sulfide Pollution by Arcelor Mittal South Africa

The Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment and National Air Quality Officer Face Legal Action Over Alleged Permitting of Excessive Hydrogen Sulfide Pollution by Arcelor Mittal South Africa

16 August 2023

IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, and the National Air Quality Officer (NAQO), are being taken to court for granting steelmaker Arcelor Mittal South Africa (AMSA) permission to continue polluting the Vaal Triangle and surrounding areas with excessive amounts of Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S). Social and environmental justice groups Vaal Environmental Justice… continued

Activism and Agency - R&R 2023 Call for Nominations

Activism and Agency – R&R 2023 Call for Nominations

2 June 2023

The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) is delighted to announce that nominations and applications are now open for the highly anticipated 2023 Rights and Remedies (R&R) Course for environmental justice activists. This transformative course takes place in the City of Cape Town, South Africa, and promises to revolutionize your approach to environmental justice. Under the… continued

Civil society organisations challenge decision to give Karpowership yet another opportunity to amend their EIA reports for Richards Bay

Civil society organisations challenge decision to give Karpowership yet another opportunity to amend their EIA reports for Richards Bay

31 May 2023

South Africans are reaching their breaking point with loadshedding and its increasingly devastating impacts, leaving many wondering why there is such strong opposition to Karpowerships, especially since it is being touted as the silver bullet the country needs to solve the crisis. However, according to civil society organisations – including the South Durban Community Environmental… continued

Mabola coalition in court again to safeguard Protected Area

Mabola coalition in court again to safeguard Protected Area

23 May 2023

IMMEDIATE RELEASE On 23 May 2023 a coalition of environmental justice organisations, represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), will appear in another High Court hearing 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 application, to be heard… continued

A passion for social justice

A passion for social justice

16 May 2023

Wandisa Phama is the incoming Executive Director of the Centre for Environmental Rights. An admitted attorney and human rights activist, with over a decade of experience in various roles in the public interest law sector, she is passionate about advancing social justice. We spoke to her about her commitment to taking the CER forward.  … continued

Coal power kills thousands — phase it out

Coal power kills thousands — phase it out

24 April 2023

This article was first published in the Business Day We have seen a flurry of excitement in recent weeks about the proposed reopening of some old coal power stations to help ease load-shedding. This is a terrible idea for many reasons, not the least the problem of throwing good money after bad when there are viable,… continued

Deadly air pollution case back in court

Deadly air pollution case back in court

10 March 2023

Update: Wednesday, 15 March, 2023 Leave to appeal granted. See court order below. Court Order – Application for leave to appeal- Deadly Air The Supreme Court of Appeal will consider arguments on the part of the order relating to the interpretation of section 20 of the National Environmental Management Act: Air Quality Act. We await… continued

Impacts of proposed gas power plant not properly assessed, say KZN environmental justice groups

Impacts of proposed gas power plant not properly assessed, say KZN environmental justice groups

14 February 2023

IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: 13 February 2023 On 31 January 2023, environmental justice groups groundWork and the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA), represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), lodged an appeal to the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment against the environmental authorisation that was granted in November last year to the… continued

MELISSA FOURIE: Desperate times call for sober thoughts

MELISSA FOURIE: Desperate times call for sober thoughts

2 February 2023

Article originally published in Business Day Live Karpowership projects could have serious implications for the funding of SA’s Just Energy Transition Partnership In desperate situations it is tempting to accept any proposal that offers to relieve the pain. But short-term solutions can be costly and may take years and even decades to undo. And so… continued

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