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Report an Environmental Violation

Section 24 of the constitution provides that everyone has a right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or wellbeing. However, the lives and livelihoods of many people and communities are put at risk by those that destroy our natural resources, harm our health and compromise the ecological integrity of our environment. Hold these persons accountable!

Submit a New Report

Select the government department below that is relevant to the environmental violation you are reporting:

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

  • Is the environment in which you live being harmed and damaged by mining?
  • Are you and your community negatively impacted by mining operations within your community?
  • Have you witnessed or aware of a mine that is committing an environmental violation?
Report a Violation

Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

Report an environmental incident or crime that harms or has the potential to harm your health or well-being; or that of the community in which you live. This includes contraventions of laws relating to pollution, waste, air quality, biodiversity, protected areas or coastal management.

Report a Violation

Department of Water and Sanitation

  • Are you aware of any water pollution, violation and/or activities not in compliance with water laws?
  • Is water in your community (for instance in a river, stream or dam) being polluted or contaminated by a certain operation(s)?
Report a Violation

Manage an Existing Report

Sign in to view, update, or follow up on an existing report.

The CER provides and supports this reporting platform for violations to assist with the appropriate format, contents and the destination of complaints. All reports are automatically submitted to the selected departments. The CER does not facilitate any engagements between someone reporting a complaint, and the government department to whom the report is submitted. Follow up queries regarding reported violations must be addressed to the relevant departments, using the reference number generated when a report is submitted.

The CER may use aggregated data from reports to detect trends in the type and frequency of violations being reported to inform strategic interventions.