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About the website

Purpose of the website

The purpose of the Department of Environmental Affairs website is to promote access of information of the department to the general public, profile the departtment, showcase the deparmnetal current and planned activities by means of publishing the annual reports, medium tem strategic plan, prevous and upcoming events, news and speeches and to increase knowledge of the department's mandate and its guiding legislation.

To ensure fulfilment of this, the guiding objectives of the department are:<

  • ensure that information on the website is easily found accessible
  • contribute towards public engagement through information provision
  • provide access to online departmental information
  • provide information about the department and its services.
  • provide access to environmental affairs provincial department websites
  • provide access to the department’s public entities websites

Target audience:

Sectors of the public engaged in and those that have growing interest in environmental issues. These comprise of:

  • national and International environmental organisations (private and NGO sector)
  • national, provincial and local government authorities
  • the media
  • miscellaneous members of the national and international community

 

Scope of information on the website

The website covers the following content:

Frequency of updating

The website is updated on a daily basis. Our policy is to provide information as and when it becomes available. However, the managers of the Environmental Affairs website cannot guarantee the currency of information that is published on other websites and statutory bodiues that are linked to.

Help for accessing information on this website

Additional functionality

To enhance access to the website, it provides the functionality to access information in different ways, including:

  • A search link is available on all pages of the website, this functionality only searches information that is available on this website. It is not linked with Google search or nay other external search engine.
  • A site map: provides an overview of the website in a hierarchical format. The site’s information is broken down into specific subject areas to enable easy orientation of the website.
  • The home page provides quick links to information available on deeper levels of the website. The selection of these links is based on the frequent need thereof by users.
  • Links to external websites are indicated by the wording “Outside link - opens in new window” which will appear in a box when you cursor is moved over the link. The website will open in a new browser window.

Need help with problems experienced on the website?

Please contact us (mtladi@environment.gov.za), (jjiana@environment.gov.za) or ( kmyeza@environment.gov.za) if you encounter problems with the website.

Recommended browsers and screen resolution

Recommended browsers for viewing the site are Internet Explorer 7.0, Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or later browser versions.

The website will resize according to your computer's screen resolution settings, with the smallest screen resolution of 800x600 pixels.

Document formats

  • The main format for information on this website is HTML. However, PDF versions of documents (e.g. Acts, Bills, tender bulletins, gazettes, reports, etc.) are provided to preserve the original layout thereof and/or to assist users in the downloading thereof.
  • To open PDF documents, you need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. It will open documents directly in your browser.
  • Sometimes it takes long to open PDF documents. In this case, we recommend that you download it to your computer and open it from there.

Tips to download documents to your computer:

When using Internet Explorer as your browser:

  • With your mouse, right click on the link to the document you want to download.
  • In the drop-down menu, choose 'Save Target as'.
  • In the 'Save As' window choose the location on your hard drive where you want to save the document and click on the 'Save' button. The file will be downloaded to the location you have specified.
  • Open your Acrobat Reader application and open the documents that you have downloaded.

When using Netscape as your browser:

  • With your mouse, shift and click (left mouse click) on the link to the document you want to save.
  • In the 'Save As' window choose the location on your hard drive where you want to save the document and click on the 'Save' button. The file will be downloaded to the location you have specified.
  • Open your Acrobat Reader application and open the documents that you have downloaded.