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Barricading the Doors: The Latest on our Work on Transparency in Environmental Governance in South Africa

Barricading the Doors: The Latest on our Work on Transparency in Environmental Governance in South Africa

February 2013

The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) has, for many years, been using the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) on behalf of communities and civil society organisations to request access to environmental records held by government and companies. In this report, published in February 2013, we have started to see some acknowledgement by public bodies of their obligations under PAIA, but a decrease in actual disclosure of records. At the same time, the stance of private companies to releasing environmental information has hardened to the extent of opposing legal proceedings brought to compel disclosure.

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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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