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Some of MEJCON-SA’s activities to date include the following:

Submissions to the Department of Mineral Resources and Parliament on the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill, 2013

MEJCON-SA made written submissions to the Department of Mineral Resources on the proposed amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002. Three of its members also made an oral presentation to the DMR in March 2013.MEJCON-SA also made written submissions to National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces on the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill, 2013. Its members also made oral submissions to both the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces on that Bill.

Participation in the Civil Society Coalition on the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act

MEJCON-SA is a member of the Civil Society Coalition on the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill, which is composed of communities, community-based organisations and civil society organisations. On 26 March 2015 at Stay City in Berea, Johannesburg, the Coalition finalised a formal declaration on the Bill, which is now known as the Berea Declaration. This Declaration is premised on 8 principles and envisions a Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 that provides for more democratic decision-making in the mining sector and addresses community issues, including the environmental impact of mining.

Litigation

MEJCON-SA is one of eight parties challenging the decisions of various various organs of state authorising Atha-Africa Ventures (Pty) Ltd to mine coal in the Mabola Protected Environment. MEJCON-SA is represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights in that matter.

MEJCON-SA, together with Mining-Affected Communities United in Action (MACUA) and Women Affected by Mining United in Action (WAMUA), has applied to the High Court to join the review application brought by the Chamber of Mines to have the Mining Charter set aside on review. MEJCON-SA, MACUA and WAMUA also seek to have the Mining Charter set aside on review, but on the ground that the Minister of Mineral Resources and the Department of Mineral Resources did not adequately consult mining-affected communities when drafting the Charter. MEJCON-SA is represented by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies in that matter. On 14 November 2017, the High Court ruled that MEJCON-SA, MACUA and WAMUA must be joined in the Chamber of Mines’ review of the Mining Charter. The Chamber of Mines opposed the intervention application and was therefore ordered to pay costs. the main matter will be heard on 19/20/21 February 2018.

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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.

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