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Centre for Environmental Rights - Advancing Environmental Rights in South Africa

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Publications by the CER

The CER has published a number of reports detailing its experiences in accessing information from both the public and private sector:

  • Signs of Hope? Some government departments ramp up disclosure of environmental records under PAIA, while others remain closed (November 2015).
  • Money Talks: Commercial Interests and Transparency in Environmental Governance (November 2014).
  • Turn on the Floodlights: Trends in Disclosure of Environmental Licences and Compliance Data (March 2013).
  • Barricading the Doors: The latest on our work on transparency in environmental governance in South Africa (February 2013).
  • Unlock the doors: How greater transparency by public and private bodies can improve the realisation of environmental rights (April 2012).

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