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Zero Hour: Poor Governance of Mining and the Violation of Environmental Rights in Mpumalanga

Zero Hour: Poor Governance of Mining and the Violation of Environmental Rights in Mpumalanga

May 2016

This report documents government’s failure to ensure that mining companies comply with the law. The report highlights that non-compliance with the law is leading to unprecedented environmental degradation and chronic health problems in Mpumalanga – with dire consequences for communities and South Africa’s future prosperity. This situation is the result of neglect, limited resources and wilful inaction by the Departments of Mineral Resources and Water and Sanitation.

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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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