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Another climate court victory for coal polluted Highveld Area

Another climate court victory for coal polluted Highveld Area

9 May 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE On 3 May 2022, the Pretoria High Court confirmed that the environmental authorisation for the planned 600MW KiPower coal-fired power station had expired. KiPower would have been built outside Emalahleni in Mpumalanga, already plagued by toxic air pollution from twelve of Eskom’s coal-fired power stations, Sasol’s coal-to-liquids plant in Secunda and the… continued

Climate Crisis: SA must act with urgency

Climate Crisis: SA must act with urgency

1 May 2022

Article originally published by City Press In his letter to the nation last October, President Cyril Ramaphosa said: “It is no exaggeration to say that the world is facing a climate crisis of unprecedented proportions.” It is also no exaggeration to say that South Africa’s Climate Change Bill is one of the most important draft… continued

Civil society coalition appeals approval for Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone and demands DFFE intervention

Civil society coalition appeals approval for Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone and demands DFFE intervention

20 April 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 20 April, 2022 In light of the deeply flawed environmental authorisation process and unresolved conflict of interest of major decision makers, a coalition of civil society organisations has appealed the decision to allow the Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone (MMSEZ) project to proceed. The coalition has also called on Environment Minister Barbara Creecy… continued

ANALYSIS: Why the #DeadlyAir High Court judgment matters

ANALYSIS: Why the #DeadlyAir High Court judgment matters

13 April 2022

The recent “Deadly Air” High Court judgment, which declared that chronic air pollution is a violation of Constitutional rights, has important implications for communities forced to live with the debilitating effects of air pollution on the Mpumalanga Highveld, and more broadly for constitutional jurisprudence and government accountability. Here we unpack parts of the judgment and… continued

Government's move to appeal parts of High Court win risks delaying action on air pollution 

Government’s move to appeal parts of High Court win risks delaying action on air pollution 

12 April 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 14 April 2022 Environmental justice groups behind recent landmark High Court victory in #DeadlyAir case are disappointed to learn of Minister Creecy’s decision to appeal parts of the judgment. The Minister’s decision to apply for leave to appeal risks further delaying concrete action being taken to reduce harmful air pollution on the Mpumalanga Highveld…. continued

What you should know about proposed new rules for financial provision for mining rehabilitation

What you should know about proposed new rules for financial provision for mining rehabilitation

10 March 2022

In this short article we take a look at what financial provision for rehabilitation of environmental damage caused by mining is, and some important proposed changes in the 2021 proposed Financial Provisioning Regulations. We also look at how mining-affected communities can use this law to hold mining companies accountable for environmental rehabilitation. By: Dimakatso Sefatsa,… continued

New legal challenges to Eskom’s ongoing air pollution

New legal challenges to Eskom’s ongoing air pollution

16 February 2022

The Life After Coal campaign has submitted an appeal to the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment challenging decisions to grant further leniency to Eskom for its failure to meet air pollution standards. In October 2021, the National Air Quality Officer (NAQO) in the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment issued a series… continued

South African Constitutional Court to hear landmark SLAPP defamation and free speech case

South African Constitutional Court to hear landmark SLAPP defamation and free speech case

14 February 2022

MEDIA ADVISORY: WHAT: Constitutional Court hearing WHEN: 09:30 SAST on Thursday, 17 February 2022 WHERE: The hearing will be livestreamed on the Constitutional Court’s Youtube Channel On Thursday, 17 February 2022, the South African Constitutional Court will hear a landmark case on so-called “SLAPP suits”, or Strategic Litigation against Public Participation. The case arises from… continued

The lie of limitless economic progress

The lie of limitless economic progress

13 December 2021

The tension between the state’s duty to protect the environment and its duty to promote economic development often plays out as an unhelpful binary opposition characterised by the idea that if you are for the environment, you must be against development. In fact, this narrative obscures the fact that limitless economic development is incompatible with… continued

Rights and Remedies Class of 2021: “We are ready to take action!”

Rights and Remedies Class of 2021: “We are ready to take action!”

23 November 2021

Last week 15 environmental activists graduated from CER’s annual Environmental Rights and Remedies for Activists training course. Here they reflect on the specific challenges facing women activists in South Africa and the need for human rights defenders to be empowered to act against environmental law violations. Lihle Mbokazi, an environmental activist and human rights defender… continued

No time left: Sasol faces the heat for inadequate climate change commitments at its AGM

No time left: Sasol faces the heat for inadequate climate change commitments at its AGM

19 November 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 19 NOVEMBER 2021 Environmental groups and shareholder activists once again joined Sasol’s AGM to challenge the fossil fuel giant for its lacklustre climate commitments and inadequate detail in its climate change strategy. Activists protest outside Sasol head offices in Sandton, Johannesburg   Pic: LifeAfterCoal JOHANNESBURG: Civil society organisations and shareholder activists confronted Sasol… continued

Youth-led #CancelCoal climate case launched against government’s plans for new coal-fired power 

Youth-led #CancelCoal climate case launched against government’s plans for new coal-fired power 

17 November 2021

Three civil society organisations this week launched landmark constitutional litigation in the North Gauteng High Court against the South African government, demanding that it abandon plans to build 1 500 MW of new coal-fired power on grounds that new coal-fired power poses significant unjustifiable threats to constitutional rights. The burning of coal is the biggest contributor… continued

New coal power will cost South Africans much more, report shows

New coal power will cost South Africans much more, report shows

15 November 2021

Expert analyses completed by the Energy Systems Research Group (ESRG) at the University of Cape Town and the Climate Equity Reference Project (CERP) have found that government’s plans to procure 1500 MW of new coal-powered electricity will cost at least R23-billion more than a least-cost optimal electricity plan for SA and will result in 25 000… continued

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