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Centre for Environmental Rights - Advancing Environmental Rights in South Africa

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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.

Internal appeal

Court proceedings – Thabametsi I

Minister decision of 2018

Court proceedings – Thabametsi II

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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