Researcher: Toxic Chem­i­cals, Min­ing & Human Rights at Legal Resources Centre

The Legal Resources Cen­tre is an inde­pen­dent, client-based, non-profit pub­lic inter­est law clinic, which uses law as an instru­ment of jus­tice.  It works for the devel­op­ment of a fully demo­c­ra­tic soci­ety based on the prin­ci­ple of sub­stan­tive equal­ity, by pro­vid­ing free legal ser­vices for the vul­ner­a­ble and mar­gin­alised, includ­ing the poor, home­less, and land­less peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties who suf­fer dis­crim­i­na­tion by rea­son of race, class, gen­der, dis­abil­ity or by rea­son of social, eco­nomic and his­tor­i­cal cir­cum­stances.

The LRC seeks to appoint a Researcher on a con­trac­tual basis for up to 12 months

Key respon­si­bil­i­ties

• Con­duct exten­sive legal research into the fol­low­ing;

- Finan­cial pro­vi­sions for clo­sure and reme­di­a­tion of mines in Sec­tion 41(2) of MPRDA; S37 (A) of Income Tax Act; impact of Insol­vency Act, and busi­ness res­cue pro­vi­sions of Com­pa­nies Act, on finan­cial pro­vi­sions for mine clo­sure; align­ment of stan­dard trust deeds with NEMA, MPRDA, Trust Prop­erty Con­trol Act regard­ing lim­i­ta­tions of liability; and Com­pa­nies Act regard­ing dereg­is­tra­tion of min­ing com­pa­nies even when clo­sure cer­tifi­cate has not been issued

- Del­e­ga­tion of pow­ers between var­i­ous gov­ern­ment depart­ments at the national, provin­cial and munic­i­pal lev­els with regards to acid mine drainage treat­ment and research into pric­ing struc­tures and enforce­ment mech­a­nisms used to dis­cour­age pol­lu­tion using the ‘pol­luter pays’ prin­ci­ple, as well as the legal frame­work that out­lines require­ments for envi­ron­men­tal impact assess­ments

- Sec­tion 21 of the National Water Act in terms of the Water Use License Appli­ca­tion process and pro­vi­sions for  water reme­di­a­tion and - Pro­vi­sions in the Min­ing Char­ter and the MPRDA in terms of the social con­tract for min­ing indus­try, specif­i­cally clause 2.9 non-referral to Charter’s score­card. 

• Con­duct infor­ma­tion gath­er­ing ses­sions with com­mu­ni­ties and com­pile a report on research find­ings to inform lit­i­ga­tion strat­egy

• Pro­vide assis­tance and sup­port to the lit­i­ga­tion unit

• Net­work with gov­ern­ment depart­ments, stake­hold­ers and min­ing com­pa­nies when required

• Pro­duce a train­ing man­ual to be used dur­ing com­mu­nity work­shops

Key com­pe­ten­cies

• Excel­lent writ­ing, research and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills

• An abil­ity to pro­duce sub­stan­tive reports

• Abil­ity to work well under pres­sure, inde­pen­dently and with oth­ers

• Abil­ity to net­work with part­ner organ­i­sa­tions and donors

• A com­mit­ment to strength­en­ing pub­lic inter­est legal prac­tice

• A com­mit­ment to devel­op­ment and team work

Qual­i­fi­ca­tions and expe­ri­ence


• An appro­pri­ate legal ter­tiary qual­i­fi­ca­tion (LLB)

• Flu­ency in Eng­lish


• 2+ years expe­ri­ence in a legal envi­ron­ment

• Human rights/ social jus­tice back­ground, prefer­ably in envi­ron­men­tal law

• Valid driver’s licence

The LRC is com­mit­ted to trans­for­ma­tion; appli­ca­tions from pre­vi­ously dis­ad­van­taged can­di­dates are there­fore strongly encour­aged. To apply, please email a moti­va­tional letter and your CV with copies of qual­i­fi­ca­tions and two con­tactable ref­er­ences to [email protected].

Job title: Researcher, Toxic Chemicals, Mining & Human Rights

Location: Johannesburg

Contract: 12 months, full time

Closing date: 6 March 2015