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CER launches new online portal for reporting of violations to authorities

CER launches new online portal for reporting of violations to authorities

12 July 2021

The platform provides a step-by-step guide for residents to report violations occurring in their communities to the departments of Mineral Resources and Energy, Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment, and Water and Sanitation Poor compliance with environmental laws has dire consequences for vulnerable communities who live adjacent to polluting industries and with poor service delivery. With… continued

New report questions the IDC’s decision to finance Limpopo coal mining

New report questions the IDC’s decision to finance Limpopo coal mining

6 July 2021

Case study illustrates how public finance is being directed towards risky fossil fuel projects that can cause a myriad of negative social, environmental and climate impacts CAPE TOWN: A new report  by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) questions the Industrial Development Corporation’s (IDC’s) decision to extend finance to coal company MC Mining Limited for… continued

Compliance with the Protection of Personal Information Act

1 July 2021

The Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 came into effect on 1 July 2021. As part of CER’s commitment to privacy and the protection of personal information, we would like to give you the opportunity to unsubscribe from our website mailing list. Should you wish to remain subscribed, you will continue to receive relevant content,… continued

Final nail in the coffin for proposed Khanyisa Coal Power Station

Final nail in the coffin for proposed Khanyisa Coal Power Station

3 June 2021

Approval for another new coal-fired power station has been set aside by the High Court. In an order dated 27 May 2021 handed down today, the Pretoria High Court declared that the environmental approval for the planned 600MW Khanyisa coal-fired power station has expired. Khanyisa would have been built on the outskirts of Emalahleni, already… continued

Environmental justice activists demand urgent climate action at AMSA’s AGM   

Environmental justice activists demand urgent climate action at AMSA’s AGM  

20 May 2021

For the third year in a row, environmental justice activists demand accountability for environmental and climate impacts from steelmaker ArcelorMittal SA at its annual general meeting VANDERBIJLPARK, SOUTH AFRICA: At today’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) of steelmaker ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), the Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance (VEJA) and the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) are once again demanding accountability… continued

The struggle to breathe clean air in Mpumalanga goes to court

The struggle to breathe clean air in Mpumalanga goes to court

17 May 2021

Landmark #DeadlyAir air pollution case against South African government will be heard in the Pretoria High Court from 17 May 2021 Two environmental justice groups are asking the High Court to declare the poor ambient air quality in the Highveld Priority Area a violation of the Constitutional right to an environment not harmful to health… continued

SA’s revised climate plans are not ambitious enough

SA’s revised climate plans are not ambitious enough

4 May 2021

Life After Coal Campaign partners Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), groundWork and Earthlife Africa, along with several civil society groups, have submitted comments on South Africa’s draft updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) – the commitment to tackle climate change under the Paris Agreement. In written arguments submitted on 30 April 2021, ahead of Workers’ Day,… continued

Activists relieved as Limpopo Province slams the brakes on risky Musina Makhado Mega-Project   

Activists relieved as Limpopo Province slams the brakes on risky Musina Makhado Mega-Project  

19 March 2021

The Life After Coal Campaign welcomes the temporary halt called by the Limpopo provincial government on the controversial and harmful Musina Makhado Energy and Metallurgical Special Economic Zone (EMSEZ) project.  According to a letter posted on appointed environmental consultants Deltabec’s website on 15 March 2021, the Limpopo Economic Development Environment and Tourism Department (LEDET) notified… continued

New Development Bank urged to be more transparent about project finance

New Development Bank urged to be more transparent about project finance

10 March 2021

How do we hold multilateral institutions like international financial institutions (IFIs) accountable for the kind of development they fund in countries? How can communities and women especially participate in international financial institution (IFI) funded development projects in meaningful ways for positive change when they can’t even access information related to IFI projects? The CER and… continued

Statement on environmental MEC’s decision to exclude properties from the Mabola Protected Environment to enable a new coal mine

Statement on environmental MEC’s decision to exclude properties from the Mabola Protected Environment to enable a new coal mine

15 February 2021

Statement by the Mabola Coalition* on the Mpumalanga MEC for Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs to revoke the protected area status for a large part of the Mabola Protected Environment “We, a coalition of eight non-profit public interest organisations, have been challenging the authorisation of a large new coal mine inside a declared… continued

Time for the big development finance institutions to get their environmental house in order

Time for the big development finance institutions to get their environmental house in order

15 January 2021

In 2020, the global Covid-19 pandemic amplified the way in which financial systems and institutions perpetuate the climate crisis, ecological breakdown and social inequality. At the close of the year, attorney Leanne Govindsamy, the head of CER’s Corporate Accountability programme, posed a challenge to development finance institutions to start prioritising environmental compliance for a better… continued

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