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South Durban Community Environmental Alliance
The South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) is organizing across the historic racial divisions of its communities to speak out for environmental justice at local, national, and international levels.

Using the assurance of the Constitution that South Africans have a right not to be harmed by their environment, SDCEA challenges industries and government authorities to make South Durban a cleaner and healthier place to live.

The South Durban basin is home to 285,000 people and numerous polluting industries. The industries include two large and older oil refineries, major chemical manufacturers, toxic landfill sites and chemicals storage facilities. After a long mobilization by SDCEA, a landfill site within a residential area accepting hazardous waste from industries was closed but has yet to be rehabilitated. Residents living near these industries suffer from high levels of respiratory illnesses and cancers.

Apartheid planners created the racially-segregated communities in South Durban by removing families from across Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, and beyond. Now, recent planning exercises by government have proposed removals of people from the area to assist industry and to avoid the need for cleaner industry.

SDCEA is part of a broader South African and global movement for sustainable uses and renewal of our natural, physical, and human environments.

Last Updated June 18, 2004