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Constitutional Court dismisses coal mining company’s bid to start mining

Constitutional Court dismisses coal mining company’s bid to start mining

11 November 2021

IMMEDIATE RELEASE Civil society coalition welcomes the Constitutional Court decision to dismiss coal mining company Uthaka Energy’s leave to appeal a 2021 High Court interdict, preventing the company from commencing mining in a Strategic Water Source Area.  The Constitutional Court’s decision leaves intact a Pretoria High Court interdict granted earlier this year, which prevents Uthaka… continued

Mining in Mabola: The slow violence of environmental degradation

Mining in Mabola: The slow violence of environmental degradation

27 October 2021

This article was first published in the City Press If coal mining is allowed to go ahead in the Mabola Protected Environment (MPE) near Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga, it will result in a predictable form of environmental violence for local communities. The project will also lead to geographically dispersed and intergenerational environmental violence for South Africans,… continued

Today we mourn the senseless death of Fikile Ntshangase

Today we mourn the senseless death of Fikile Ntshangase

22 October 2021

Today, as we mourn the one-year anniversary of the murder of environmental activist Fikile Ntshangase, we call on government, the private sector and civil society to come together to protect environmental defenders from intimidation and harm. One year ago today, on 22 October 2020 at 18:30, four gunmen arrived at Ntshangase’s house at Ophondweni near… continued

Statement: South Africa must walk the talk at COP26

Statement: South Africa must walk the talk at COP26

13 October 2021

The Life After Coal campaign (comprising the environmental justice groups groundWork and Earthlife Africa, and public interest environmental law group the Centre for Environmental Rights) calls on South Africa to meet the lower bound of its new climate target range by accelerating the coal phase-out and renewable energy build, and to lead on demanding increased… continued

How mining erodes the rights of women

How mining erodes the rights of women

7 October 2021

Women are also marginalised when it comes to the economic benefits that mining brings This article was first published in GroundUp Margaret Molomo has spent the last decade fighting against mining developments near her home of Mokopane in Limpopo. “Over the past ten years I have witnessed first-hand the harm that non-compliant mining has done… continued

Deadly Air: Eskom is now world’s most polluting power company

Deadly Air: Eskom is now world’s most polluting power company

6 October 2021

New research from the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) shows that Eskom is now the largest emitter of health-harming sulfur dioxide (SO2) in the world. These findings stand in stark contrast to the World Health Organisation’s recently updated guidelines on ambient air quality and highlight the fact that unless Eskom complies… continued

#CancelCoal coalition demands government cancel plans for new coal-fired power or face court challenge

#CancelCoal coalition demands government cancel plans for new coal-fired power or face court challenge

21 September 2021

A letter of demand from environmental and climate justice groups calls on Minister Mantashe and NERSA to abandon plans to develop 1 500 MW of new coal-fired electricity or face legal action. The development of new coal-fired power is neither rational nor lawful, given the well-documented environmental, social, human health and economic impacts of new coal-powered… continued

Climate change will have “profound adverse mental health implications” for those living  in South Africa

Climate change will have “profound adverse mental health implications” for those living in South Africa

7 September 2021

A new report by community psychology expert, Dr Garret Barnwell, shows that climate change harms are already negatively impacting our mental well-being and these effects will only accelerate in the future, placing today’s youth and future generations in harm’s way. The findings of the report, commissioned by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) for the African Climate Alliance,… continued

Zero tolerance for sexual harassment and gender-based violence

Zero tolerance for sexual harassment and gender-based violence

31 August 2021

As Women’s Month draws to a close, CER reflects on the role that gender-based violence (GBV) plays in preventing gender justice in South Africa and globally, the burden it places on women who are already disproportionately affected by environmental and climate injustice, and the threat it poses to women activists seeking leadership roles. We renew… continued

Environmental justice groups urge NERSA to deny Karpowership licences

Environmental justice groups urge NERSA to deny Karpowership licences

19 August 2021

Objections submitted to National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), on behalf of groundWork, urge the energy regulator to deny Karpowership’s applications for electricity generation licenses in recognition of the projects’ high costs, climate change impacts and lack of demonstrated ability to comply with environmental laws and deliver… continued

New report exposes myth of clean coal

New report exposes myth of clean coal

18 August 2021

A new report by air pollution expert, Dr Ranajit Sahu, confirms that South Africa’s proposed 1500 MW of new coal-powered electricity generation will cause significant air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, even if the cleanest technology currently available is used. In 2019 the South African government proposed adding 1500 MW of new coal generation in the country, as part… continued

Celebrating women leaders: CER Board appoints Nompi Ndawo Vilakazi as Chairperson

Celebrating women leaders: CER Board appoints Nompi Ndawo Vilakazi as Chairperson

12 August 2021

CER’s Chairperson and Non-Executive Director The CER Board is pleased to announce the appointment of non-executive director Nompi Ndawo Vilakazi as its new Chairperson. Nompi, a qualified chartered accountant (SA), has been a non-executive director of CER since June 2020 and has served as the Chairperson of its Finance & Audit Committee since September 2020. Nompi began her career at the Industrial Development Corporation… continued

Cabinet urged to adopt more ambitious climate change targets

Cabinet urged to adopt more ambitious climate change targets

4 August 2021

The Centre for Environmental Rights, along with many other civil society organisations, urges Cabinet to adopt an update on South Africa’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Climate Agreement that is aligned with the target of limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. This means adopting a target that is more ambitious than… continued

The just transition: A once-in-a-generation chance for real transformation that will save our country and our planet

The just transition: A once-in-a-generation chance for real transformation that will save our country and our planet

30 July 2021

We find ourselves at a historic moment of compounding emergencies and time is of the essence. The lethargy of the past decade in implementing a sustainable energy policy, aggravated by pervasive corruption, has cost us the luxury of incremental change. Article originally published by Daily Maverick Earlier this month, political instigation allowed the powder keg… continued

Climate litigation prompts new guideline for assessing climate impacts

Climate litigation prompts new guideline for assessing climate impacts

29 July 2021

A new draft guideline on assessing climate change impacts in licence approvals will promote the proper consideration of climate change in environmental decision-making – the subject of a successful litigation campaign brought by civil society. However, civil society group have urged government to broaden and strengthen the scope of the guideline. Civil society groups have… continued

A new fund established to support community-based environmental and climate justice organisations

A new fund established to support community-based environmental and climate justice organisations

28 July 2021

A new grantmaking body is being established to provide funding and support to community-based organisations working for environmental and climate justice in South Africa. The new Environmental Justice Fund is a joint initiative of environmental justice groups groundWork, Earthlife Africa, the Centre for Environmental Rights, Womin, the Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance, the South Durban Community… continued

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