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Company Secretary, ArcelorMittal SA and another v Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance

26 November 2014

Supreme Court of Appeal

Case number: 69/2014

Judges: Navsa ADP (Majiedt & Saldulker JJA and Mathopo & Mocumie AJJA concurring)

Date: 26 November 2014

Type of application: Appeal

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High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Division, Johannesburg 

Case number: 39646/12

Date: 10 September 2013

Judge: Carstensen, AJ

Type of application: Application to compel disclosure of records under PAIA

Legislation considered: Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996; National Environmental Management Act, 1998; Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000.

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Keywords: Iscor; Vanderbijlpark; Vaal Dump; “parallel enforcement agency”

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In early October 2013, AMSA gave notice of its intention to appeal the judgement of the South Gauteng High Court. ArcelorMittal obtained leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of  Appeal (SCA) on 9 December 2013:

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