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Pollution & Climate Change

The proposed Thabametsi IPP: Earthlife Africa Johannesburg v Department of Environmental Affairs, Thabametsi Power Project (Pty) Ltd and others

In this matter, the High Court set aside the decision by the Minister of Environmental Affairs to uphold an appeal against the decision of the Department of Environmental Affairs to grant environmental authorisation for the proposed Thabametsi coal-fired power station on account that the Minister failed to take into account the climate change impacts of the proposed coal-fired power station.

Legal challenges to other authorisations required by the Thabametsi Power Stationa are also included below.

Internal appeal

Court proceedings – Thabametsi I

Minister decision of 2018

Court proceedings – Thabametsi II

Appeal of Provisional Air Emission Licence (PAEL) issued to Thabametsi Power Company (Pty) Ltd

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Section 24of 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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