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The role of good environmental governance in the sustainable development of South Africa

LA Feris


This article seeks to analyse good governance decision-making in the environmental context through an understanding and interpretation of the
relationship between good environmental governance (evidenced inter alia by
decision-making by public authorities) and sustainable development in South Africa. It critically assesses recent case law in an attempt to understand the
way in which our courts are evaluating authorities’ environmental decisions. In reaching its objectives, this article considers also how environmental decisions
are made in the first place and asks the question: what are the value choices
underlying government’s decisions and what role does sustainable development play in informing decisions for good environmental governance.

Keywords: environmental law, environmental governance, sustainable development, environmental decision-making, good governance
AJOL African Journals Online