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Minister of Environmental Affairs and another v Aquarius Platinum and others

23 February 2016

Constitutional Court

Citation: [2016] ZACC 4

Date: 23 February 2016

Type of application: the constitutional validity of the National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Act, 2014

Legislation considered: Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996; National Environmental Laws Amendment Act, 2014

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High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Division, Pretoria (Aquarius Platinum SA (Pty) Ltd v Minister of Water and Sanitation and others) 

Case No. 75622/2014

Date of judgment: 26 May 2015

Judge: Makgoka J

Type of application: Judicial review and constitutional validity of the National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Act, 2014

Legislation considered: Constitution of the Republic of South Africa; National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Act 2014

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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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