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In my last post I said I would discuss section 24 of the constitution, so here we are....
Section 24 of the South African Constitution covers our Environmental rights. Section 24 is in chapter 2, the bill of rights. This section covers both natural folks rights as well as juristic folks rights.
Quote section 24 of the South African Constitution
Everyone has the right
to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and
to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that
prevent pollution and ecological degradation;
promote conservation; and
secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.
There are some serious economic rights, social rights and other rights that come along as Ryders which are sometimes not that obvious, but that does mean that they should be ignored but rather that these are special cases that need extra vigilance from the holders of these rights.
In our case here in the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands park and surrounding areas, the economic, social and Environmental rights are very entertained, and #Section24 of the South African Constitution caters for all these rights, and a few other hidden rights which we will be discussing in more detail within the social media environment within the coming weeks as we slowly start to dismantle the Andrew Zaloumis management erra public perception management STRATEGIES, where the use of natural renewable resources were seen as property of the IWPA and not for public consumption or public utalisaion.
if we take a closer look at section 24 in the South African Constitution, then we may read chapter 2, section 24 (b) iii as "Every one has the right to have the environment protected, for benefit of present and future generations through reasonable legislative measures that secure ecological sustainable development and the use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development
Now the key here is the the aim, which is to ensure that local communities have the right to make use of natural resources, while justifiable social development and economic issues are also included as special Ryders.
Here at Nibela these economic and social rights have been violated and erroded by the environmental policies and practices of the Andrew Zaloumis estuary management STRATEGIES as approved and implemented by the ministers instructions through the actions of the IWPA or iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority.
So our beef about section 24 of the South African Constitution is with the minister of environmental affairs, coz this is an environmental issue, where bad faith and poor oversight has been applied.
Basically our economic rights as associated with the trade of the natural renewable resources of lake St Lucia and the St Lucia Estuary systems have been erroded past the point of sustainability, as a result of the collapse of the biodiversity within the St. Lucia estuary and lake systems.
This collapse of the natural renewable resources within the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park is as a direct result of the poor / bad estuary management strategies of the Andrew Zaloumis management team during their reign of terror as the IWPA MANAGEMENT TEAM
The current managent team at the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority have rather different views than the past (Andrew Zaloumis) management team at the IWPA. Their attempts to fix the issues around community benificiation are not going un-noticed, but they are very slow, and also rather subtle and in the background. These attempts to restore community access rights are not very public, and that needs to change.
Our collective rights in terms of section 24 of the South African Constitution need to be investigated, and we as citizens of South Need to be vigilant when it comes to economic rights associated with harvesting of natural renewable resources
This is a complicated matter, which is headed for the constitutional court in the not to distant future.
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