Sissie Matela, co-founder and director of Environmental and Rural Solutions has been selected as one of the fifteen Hotspot heroes worldwide by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF). She will be representing both ERS and UCPP at this function in Hawaii in early September. Let us all celebrate this giant event.
To read more about her and other heroes, chick here.
VISION – To be a prosperous and equitable society living in harmony with our natural resources.
MISSION – To lead sustainable development of our environment and tourism for a better life for all, through:
- Creating conditions for sustainable tourism growth and development for the benefit of all South Africans.
- Promoting the conservation and sustainable utilisation of our natural resources to enhance economic growth.
- Protecting and improving the quality and safety of the environment.
- Promoting a global sustainable development agenda.
NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT ACT NO. 107 OF 1998
Get to know the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA)
The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT ) has brought out a twenty-page user guide (the first of two) to this Act (107 of 1998). The following paragraphs summarize the guide and should give you some idea of how this important piece of law can strengthen your environmental cause and direct a solution.
Protecting your environmental rights using NEMA
Your right to an environment that is not harmful to health and well being is fundamental. The Constitution refers to your right and that of future generations to a healthy environment (clause 32 of the bill of rights). Clause 32 of the same bill refers to your right to information held by the state or others where this affects the exercising of your other rights. Other laws that compromise this can be overruled by NEMA. The environment is defined as the natural environment and the physical chemical, aesthetic and cultural properties of it that influence human health and well-being.
Getting correct information is crucial to solving environmental problems. NEMA guarantees you access to government information about the state of the environment, actual or future threats and hazardous waste if your request is reasonable.
View this youtube clip to see the reaction of the Matatiele community at the public meeting regard hydraulic fracturing, also know as fracking.