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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 (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.


Protecting water means protecting women

Protecting water means protecting women

13 August 2020

This article was first published in the Daily Maverick. South Africa is a water-scarce country, and in rural areas, women bear the brunt of water collection and provision. Many of those communities are affected by mining, which is not only heavily extractive, but also a major polluter of scarce water resources. Water is a burning issue… 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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