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Sonia Chu is the Manager for Human Resources and Office Administration. Before joining CER, Sonia worked for the non-profit organisation South African Education Project (SAEP) as Manager for Human Resources, Fundraising and Sustainability where she was deeply involved in organisational and operational strategy, policy development and implementation, as well as fundraising, donor relationships and marketing. Prior to moving to South Africa, Sonia worked overseas with multinational companies such as B2B enabler Global Sources. Sonia hasa keen interest in developing talent and HR strategies, streamlining policies and procedures, and improving motivation, productivity, inclusivity and transformation in the workplace.

Environmental and climate change concerns are important to her personally, along with helping to create a better public awareness platform to educate ordinary people like herself on our individual roles in protecting our natural resources and environment.

Sonia has a Bachelor of Science Commerce degree major in Economics from Colegio de San Juan de Letran (Intramuros) in Manila. She also completed the HR Management course at Varsity College Cape Town. She’s an avid reader, a craft hobbyist, loves gardening, and follows her favourite volleyball teams on FIVB.


CER Board appoints two new non-executive directors

CER Board appoints two new non-executive directors

10 July 2020

The Board of the Centre for Environmental Rights NPC is proud to announce the appointment of two extraordinary women as new non-executive directors of CER: Nompi Vilakazi and Rachael Antwi. Nompi Ndawo Vilakazi is a Chartered Accountant (SA) and Member of the Institute of Directors (SA). Her career roots are in developmental finance, banking and institutions of knowledge and impact… continued

Vaal communities demand accountability from polluter ArcelorMittal at its shareholder meeting

Vaal communities demand accountability from polluter ArcelorMittal at its shareholder meeting

30 June 2020

Today, at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of steel producing giant and serial polluter ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), environmental justice organisations Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance (VEJA) and groundWork, supported by attorneys from the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), are demanding accountability from AMSA for its environmental violations, and its lack of transparency and adequate community… continued

Environmental defenders and activists in court against SLAPP suits

Environmental defenders and activists in court against SLAPP suits

9 June 2020

Today, environmental attorneys and community activists will be defending a defamation matter known as a SLAPP suit where damages amounting to a total amount of R14,25 million is being claimed by controversial Australian mining company, Mineral Resources Commodities (MRC) and its local subsidiary, MSR. The mining company, its CEO Mark Caruso and local director, Zamile Qunya, are suing the defendants over alleged defamatory statements… 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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