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Signs of Hope?

Signs of Hope?

November 2015

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. This report, published in November 2015, finds that, while PAIA remains poorly implemented, the CER has witnessed a slow but encouraging trend towards greater reactive disclosure by both authorities and private companies, an increased awareness of the obligations imposed by PAIA, and improved investment in capacity to manage PAIA requests.

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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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