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Corporate Accountability

Exposing corporate failures to comply with environmental laws, and raising investor awareness.

Compliance monitoring and enforcement statistics

On 1 March 2016, the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) sent letters to the Minister of Water and Sanitation, the Minister of Environmental Affairs and the Minister of Mineral Resources asking them to indicate whether or not the Department of Mineral Resources’ (DMR) and the Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS) environmental compliance monitoring and enforcement statistics would be included in the National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report (NECER) for the period 2015/2016. The CER did not receive responses to its letters. However, the DWS’s compliance monitoring and enforcement statistics were included in the 2015/16 NECER. The DMR’s statistics were not included, despite a statement by the Minister of Mineral Resources to Parliament on 13 July 2015 that the mining sector’s statistics would be included in the report published annually by the Department of Environmental Affairs.