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Broken Promises

Broken Promises

October 2017

In 2017, the Centre for Environmental Rights, in collaboration with groundWork and the Highveld Environmental Justice Network, conducted its own analysis to determine whether the declaration of the Highveld Priority Area (HPA) and the promulgation of the Air Quality Management Plan have improved air quality within the HPA to protect health; and if not, why not? The conclusions are that air quality in the HPA remains poor and out of compliance with health-based NAAQS, despite a decade having passed since the HPA was declared.

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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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