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Earthlife Africa argued in its case against the environmental affairs department that government had not carried out a proper climate change impact assessment before confirming the construction of a coal-fired power station. (Susan Comrie, M&G)

Earthlife Africa Johannesburg declared a major victory on Wednesday after winning South Africa’s first climate change case and forcing the government to reassess the impact of a coal power plant.

Earthlife Africa spokesperson Makoma Lekalakala said the ruling sent ..

.. a very strong message to government and to locals to take part in consultation before any decision takes place.

The group successfully challenged a government decision to confirm the construction of a proposed coal-fired power station, arguing that the proper climate change impact assessment had not been carried out.

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