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Section 24 of the Constitution provides that everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health and well-being. However, many people and communities are subjected to environmental violations by polluting industries every day. Affected persons are often not aware of how they can address or even report such violations.

The Centre for Environmental Rights has created a quick, easy-to-use environmental violations reporting platform. The platform will allow one to report their violations to either the departments of Mineral Resources and Energy, Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment, or Water and Sanitation. The platform has all the details needed for reporting and a guide on the specific information needed by the departments.

You are invited to the launch of the environmental violations platform, where we will introduce the platform to a number of community activists and other stakeholders. CER will also clearly demonstrate how the platform works.

Do join us!

Date: Monday, 12 July 2021

Time: 10h00 (SAST)

Where: Zoom Meeting

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10h00 – 10h15 Welcome and Introduction
Lerato Balendran, Centre for Environmental Rights
10h15 – 10h30 Introduction of the Environmental Violations Portal
Matome Kapa, Centre for Environmental Rights
10h30 – 10h40 Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement work done by CER
Tatenda Muponde, Centre for Environmental Rights
10h40 – 11h00 Experiences From Community Partners
Zethu Hlatshwayo, Khuthala Environmental Care Group
Tokelo Mahlakoane, Sekhukhune Combined Mining Affected Communities
11h00 – 11h35 Position of the Government Departments on the Reporting of Violations
Mark Jardine, DFFE
Thandi Mopai, DWS
Aaron Kharivhe, DMRE
11h35 – 11h50 Discussion
11h50 – 12h00 Closing