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The Department of Environmental Affairs to host the 6th Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Lekgotla, in North West Province

27 October 2015

 

The national Department of Environmental Affairs will launch the National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report (NECER) 2014/15 on 02 November 2015.The launch takes place as Green Scorpions (Environmental Management Inspectors) as well as other critical environmental compliance and enforcement role players from across the country converge in Rustenburg for the 6th Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Lekgotla from 02 – 05 November.

The theme for the 2015 Lekgotla is, Power of the Past-Force of the Future: A Decade of the Inspectorate: 2005 - 2015".

The theme represents a milestone for environmental compliance and enforcement in South Africa. It marks ten years since an amendment to the National Environmental Management Act, Act 107 of 1998 (NEMA) created the Environmental Management Inspectorate.  This legislative development pulled together existing efforts in the green (biodiversity, protected areas), brown (environmental impact assessment, pollution and waste) and blue (marine and coastal) subsectors into a single, cohesive and effective legislative framework.

The Environmental Management Inspectorate, (popularly referred to as the Green Scorpions) is a network of environmental compliance and enforcement officials from across the different spheres of government  (national, provincial and municipal), that was created when an amendment to the National Environmental Management Act, 107 of 1998 (NEMA) came into effect on 1 May 2005.

The 2014/15 NECER provides a national overview of environmental compliance and enforcement activities undertaken by relevant institutions across the country in the period 01 April 2013 to 31 March 2014.

The report represents the work of 9 provincial environmental and 4 provincial parks authorities, DEA, Sanparks and the Isimangaliso Wetland Park Authority and it is the main communication mechanism that tells the public about the work of the Inspectorate in the preceding financial year.

The objective of the conference is to bring together international, national, provincial and local authorities that are involved in environmental compliance and enforcement to discuss topics of common interest, to develop capacity, to make recommendations and to develop strategies to tackle the challenges facing the environmental compliance and enforcement sector. It is also an opportunity to meet and discuss compliance and enforcement issues of national importance. The Lekgotla includes plenary sessions, workshops and panel discussions.

This year’s Lekgotla aims to build on the solid foundation that the Inspectorate has built over the past ten years and seeks to ensure that the environment is effectively protected in the coming decade.

Media is invited to attend to the opening and briefing.

Opening:

Date: 02 November 2015

Time: 8:30 am

Venue: The Royal Marang Hotel

            30 R565, Sun City Road,

             Rustenburg, North West

Media briefing:

Date: 02 November 2015

Time: 13:00 pm

Venue: The Royal Marang Hotel

            30 R565, Sun City Road,

            Rustenburg, North West

To RSVP, contact:

Banele Mabena
E-mail:SMabena@environment.gov.za
Tel: 012 399 9989 
Cell: 073 297 9409 

Fhatuwani Siluna
E-mail: Fsiluna@environment.gov.za
Tel: 012 399 9986 
Cell: 072 9577937

Lebogang Maseko
E-mail:lmaseko@environment.gov.za
Tel: 012 399 8992 
Cell: 062 365 9978

For media queries, contact:

Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2871