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Lerato Balendran is the Centre for Environmental Rights’ Head of Communications.

Lerato is deeply passionate about safeguarding the future of our planet, and believes CER is a valuable platform that empowers people to defend the environment by exercising their Constitutional rights.

As a seasoned media and communications professional, Lerato brings years of relevant experience which includes working in media and broadcasting, as well as serving in the international NGO space such as at 350.org (Africa Team) as the Regional Communications Coordinator and Communications Officer at the Global Campaign for Education.

Lerato holds a BA Honours in Media Studies from UNISA.

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Time for the big development finance institutions to get their environmental house in order

Time for the big development finance institutions to get their environmental house in order

15 January 2021

In 2020, the global Covid-19 pandemic amplified the way in which financial systems and institutions perpetuate the climate crisis, ecological breakdown and social inequality. At the close of the year, attorney Leanne Govindsamy, the head of CER’s Corporate Accountability programme, posed a challenge to development finance institutions to start prioritising environmental compliance for a better… continued

Communities and activists demand urgent plans for water provision from Eastern Cape authorities, or face court action

Communities and activists demand urgent plans for water provision from Eastern Cape authorities, or face court action

10 December 2020

CAPE TOWN: A coalition of community activists and civil society organisations working in the Eastern Cape are demanding that the Amathole District Municipality, the Amatola Water Board and the Mnquma Local Municipality work together to present a detailed plan for emergency water provision to communities in Ward 28, Centane by 15 December 2020, and a… continued

2020: An unprecedented start to a critical decade

2020: An unprecedented start to a critical decade

8 December 2020

As we share this message to reflect on the events of 2020, we acknowledge the extraordinary circumstances of this year and the devastating impacts of COVID-19 on lives, health, and livelihoods for people in our country, and around the world. Our staff has been touched by the COVID-19 pandemic in many ways, and our thoughts… continued

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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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