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Barricading the Doors: The Latest on our Work on Transparency in Environmental Governance in South Africa

February 2013

The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) has, for many years, been using the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) on behalf of communities and civil society organisations to request access to environmental records held by government and companies. In this report, published in February 2013, we have started to see some acknowledgement by public bodies of their obligations under PAIA, but a decrease in actual disclosure of records. At the same time, the stance of private companies to releasing environmental information has hardened to the extent of opposing legal proceedings brought to compel disclosure.

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