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Centre for Environmental Rights NPC v The Information Officer: Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency and others

In this matter, the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER)¬†requested copies of documents relating to three captive elephant facilities in Mpumalanga from the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (PAIA). The CER’s PAIA request was refused by the MTPA. The CER consequently approached the High Court for an order directing the MTPA to provide the CER with the requested records. After the litigation was initiated by the CER, the parties agreed to settle the matter on the basis that the MTPA will provide the requested information to the CER and upon receipt of the documentation, the CER will withdraw its application. The CER has now received the requested information and the matter has been withdrawn.



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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