Access to information is essential for the exercise of environmental rights and is regulated in South Africa through the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (Act 2 of 2000) (PAIA). PAIA was designed to enable citizens to access information from private and public bodies through a simple procedure.
The CER has, since its establishment in 2010, advocated for greater transparency in environmental governance and for swift and easy access to environmental information. In particular, we have campaigned for automatically available, online public licence registers. We also monitor compliance with PAIA and put pressure on regulators and companies for greater disclosure of all information required for citizens to ensure that our Constitutional right to a healthy environment is upheld.
We are a member of the Access to Information Network, which is a network of civil society organisations that cooperate to achieve the common objective of advancing access to information rights for ordinary people in South Africa.
- National Legislation37
- International instruments4
- Provincial Legislation17
- Government Documents9
- Case watch2
- What's new?5
Request to the Department of Trade and Industry for records relating to Special Economic Zones (10 July 2019)
12 July 2019
Request to the Department of Water and Sanitation for access to the Climate Change Vulnerability Risk Assessment conducted in various catchment areas in South Africa (2 November 2018)
27 May 2019
27 May 2019