Skip to Content

Centre for Environmental Rights - Advancing Environmental Rights in South Africa

Support Us Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter

Our Programmes:

Pollution & Climate Change

groundWork’s challenge to the Minister’s unlawful amendments to the SO2 minimum emission standards

Sulphur dioxide emission standards litigation

The CER, on behalf of environmental justice organisation groundWork has launched High Court proceedings against the Environmental Affairs Minister and the President of South Africa, asking the court to set aside the Minister’s her attempts to double (make half as weak) South Africa’s 2020 emission standards for the harmful pollutant sulphur dioxide (SO2) for coal-fired boilers. This affects all 15 of Eskom’s coal-fired power stations, Sasol’s 17 coal boilers and other coal facilities such as those at Mondi and SAPPI – an estimated 25 facilities in the country. The Minister made this change to the emission standards without publishing the proposed draft change for public comment, as the Air Quality Act requires.

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