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Two South African environmental justice warriors win prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize

23 April 2018 at 4:13 pm

Liz McDaid and Makoma Lekalakala
Liz McDaid and Makoma Lekalakala

The Centre for Environmental Rights is honoured to congratulate Makoma Lekalakala, the director of Earthlife Africa, and Liziwe McDaid from the South African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute, for being awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for 2018 for their dedicated and fearless work in challenging the controversial South African nuclear deal.

CER attorneys have worked closely with Makoma for many years, particularly on important court cases brought on behalf of Earthlife Africa around energy, environment and climate change. These groundbreaking cases include the 2017 Thabametsi judgment on climate change, and the ongoing case to protect the Mabola Protected Environment in Mpumalanga.

“Makoma has been a tireless campaigner for environmental justice in South Africa,” says Melissa Fourie, CER Executive Director. “Makoma and Liziwe led a powerful and effective court battle against the ill-advised nuclear deal, resulting in a victory that benefited all South Africans. It is fantastic to see their courage recognised at an international level.”

We congratulate Makoma and Liz for this well-deserved award, and look forward to working with both to realise environmental rights and justice for many years to come.

Section 24 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

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