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Centre for Environmental Rights - Advancing Environmental Rights in South Africa

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Our Programmes:

Mining

Overview

The CER’s mining programme promotes environmental justice in the mining sector by advocating for better environmental laws and improved implementation of laws, litigating on behalf of mining-affected communities and civil society organisations, facilitating networking among relevant stakeholders and supporting activists. Our work is aimed at ensuring that adequate assessment and mitigation of detrimental impacts take place within reasonable timeframes before prospecting and mining are commenced, followed by predictable compliance monitoring of requirements set, and strong enforcement action taken when non-compliance is found. This is the only way to ensure responsible environmental practices at mines, in the interest of workers, communities and the country.

In addition to representing communities and civil society organisations, CER attorneys work within a broad and vibrant network of civil society, community organisations, academic institutions and law clinics concerned about the impacts of mining on the environment and on the communities that rely on those natural resources.

Since 2014, our mining work focuses almost exclusively on coal, and most of our cases relate to coal mining in Mpumalanga province.

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.

Report a Violation

National Environmental Crimes & Incidents Hotline (24 hours): 0800 205 005

In addition, there are a number of national and provincial hotlines that may be useful.

Contact us

  • Address:Cape Town: Second Floor, Springtime Studios, 1 Scott Road, Observatory, 7925, Cape Town - View map
  • Address:Johannesburg: Ninth Floor, Southpoint Corner, 87 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, 2001, Johannesburg - View map