Department of Environmental Affairs to host the seventh National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Lekgotla

02 November 2017


The Department of Environmental Affairs will launch the 2016/17 National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report (NECER) and unveil the new Green Scorpions logo during the forthcoming seventh national Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Lekgotla (ECEL) from 06 to 09 November 2017 in White River, Mpumalanga.

The NECER provides a national overview of environmental compliance and enforcement activities undertaken by relevant institutions across the country during the period 01 April 2016 - 31 March 2017. The report includes the work of the Environmental Management Inspectorate (EMI), commonly known as the Green Scorpions.

The Green Scorpions are a network of environmental compliance and enforcement officials from national, provincial and municipal government.  It is these EMIs that are tasked with ensuring the implementation of, and adherence to specific pieces of national environmental legislation. A uniquely designed Green Scorpions logo will stand alongside the existing official EMI logo as emblems signifying the Inspectorate as a distinctive law enforcement authority mandated to give effect to the environmental right enshrined in S24 of the Constitution.

This year’s biennial ECEL will be convened under the theme: “People, Purpose, Passion: the Pathway to EMI Success,” bringing together local and international environmental management authorities to deliberate on various strategies to deal with environmental contraventions in South Africa.

The Lekgotla will conclude with an awards ceremony where the Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Barbara Thomson will recognise excellent and outstanding performance of the EMIs and other key role-players in tackling environmental contraventions.

Members of the media are invited to attend and cover the opening session of the ECEL and the awards ceremony as per the details below:

The opening session:

Date: 06 November 2017

Time: 08:30

Venue:  Ingwenyama Conference Centre, White River – Mpumalanga

The awards ceremony:

Date: 09 November 2017

Time: 17:30 for 18:00

Venue:  Ingwenyama Conference Centre, White River – Mpumalanga

To RSVP, contact:

Ernest Mulibana
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Cell: 082 263 7372

Nonkululeo Mazibuko
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For media queries, contact

Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2871