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Merafong City Local Municipality v Anglogold Ashanti Ltd

24 October 2016

Constitutional Court 

Citation: Merafong City Local Municipality v AngloGold Ashanti Limited [2016] ZACC 35

Date: 24 October 2014

Judges: Cameron J (majority) [par 1-84]; Jafta J (dissenting) [par 85-178]

The matter involves an application by Anglogold Ashanti Ltd (Anglogodl) to compel Merafong City Local Municipality (Merafong) to comply with a decision taken by the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry (Minister) relating to the tariff imposed on water use by Anglogold and the collateral challenge of Merafong of the decision taken  by the Minister

Legislation considered: Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 and the Water Services Act, 1997 



Supreme Court of Appeal

Citation: Merafong City Local Municipality v AngloGold Ashanti Ltd (20265/2014) [2015] ZASCA 85 (28 May 2015)

Date: 28 May 2015

Judges: Maya, Majiedt and Mbha JJA, Schoeman and Van der Merwe AJJA

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High Court of the Republic of South Africa, Gauteng Division, Pretoria 

Case no. 23558/2011

Date: 26 February 2014

Judge: Xubushi J

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Section 24 of 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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