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Sasol Synfuels (Pty) Ltd and others v Minister of Environmental Affairs and another

On 21 May 2014, Sasol Synfuels (Pty) Ltd, National Petroleum Refiners of South Africa (Natref) and Sasol Chemiese Nywerhede Beperk launched review proceedings in the High Court (Gauteng Division, Pretoria) seeking to set aside various minimum emission standards published in terms of section 21 of the National Environmental Management:Air Quality Act, 2004.
The Centre for Environmental Rights applied to be admitted as amicus curiae (friend of the Court), but on 17 April 2015, the applicants withdrew the application and tendered the respondents’ costs.

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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.

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