The Concept of socio-environmental protection is founded in the Bill of Rights that every South African citizen has.
Section 24 of the Constitution states the following:
Everyone has the right—
(a) to an environment that is not harmful to their health or wellbeing; and
(b) to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future
generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that—
(i) prevent pollution and ecological degradation;
(ii) promote conservation; and
(iii) secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources
while promoting justifiable economic and social development.
WorkSafe provides a management tool to ensure these rights are protected.