Quote of the week

An ‘important purpose of section 34 [of the Constitution] is to guarantee the protection of the judicial process to persons who have disputes that can be resolved by law’ and that the right of access to court is ‘foundational to the stability of an orderly society. It ensures the peaceful, regulated and institutionalised mechanisms to resolve disputes, without resorting to self-help. The right of access to court is a bulwark against vigilantism, and the chaos and anarchy which it causes. Construed in this context of the rule of law and the principle against self-help in particular, access to court is indeed of cardinal importance’.The right guaranteed s34 would be rendered meaningless if court orders could be ignored with impunity:the underlying purposes of the right — and particularly that of avoidance of self-help — would be undermined if litigants could decide which orders they wished to obey and which they wished to ignore.

Plasket AJ
Victoria Park Ratepayers' Association v Greyvenouw CC and others (511/03) [2003] ZAECHC 19 (11 April 2003)
22 February 2012

Feedback meeting on Cop17 in Cape Town

What exactly happened at COP17, and what are the scientific
and ethical implications for South Africa and the world?

The Archbishop of Cape Town invites you to hear a panel of participants in the recent COP 17 climate talks in Durban share their insights into what happened there and what this means in the global, African, South African and Western Cape contexts.

 In response to the high level of interest, the Archbishop is now hosting a similar event to an earlier meeting held at UCT. If you missed the first meeting, here’s your chance to be informed and engage with the speakers.

 

Thursday 8March 2012, 6 pm

Memorial Chapel, Bishops School,
Campground Road, Rondebosch

Panelists:

  • The Most Revd Dr Thabo Makgoba (Host), Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Chair of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network (ACEN).
  • Prof Mark New (Chair), Director of UCT’s African Climate and Development Initiative
  • Prof Harald Winkler, Group leader: Energy, Environment and Climate Change at the Energy Research Centre, UCT, and member of the South African UNFCCC negotiating team at COP17
  • Prof Guy Midgley, Chief Director: Climate Change at the SA National Biodiversity Institute,
    and member of the South African UNFCCC negotiating team
  • Prof Bruce Hewitson, National Research Foundation Chair for Climate Change, UCT
  • Dr Nigel Crawhall, Director of Secretariat of the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee

 

Convened by

The Diocese of Cape Town Environmental Group

and

SAFCEI (The Southern African Faith Communities’
Environment Institute)

 

For further information, contact the Rev Dr Rachel Mash
on rmash@mweb.co.za. There will be a limited time for questions, please email them in advance.

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