Public comment invited on amendment of compulsory registration date for EAPs

27 January 2020

The public have been invited to comment on the proposed extension of the date of compulsory registration for Environmental Assessment Practitioners (EAPs).

The Notice containing the proposed amendment of Regulation 22 of the Section 24H Registration Authority Regulations, 2016, was published by the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Barbara Creecy, in Government Gazette 42967 (Notice No. 40) in terms of the National  Environmental Management Act, 1998 on 24 January 2020.

Regulation 22 presently requires the registration of EAPs by 8 February 2020.  In order to allow more time for the registration process to be completed, the Notice proposes an amendment of the compulsory registration date. It is proposed that this date be extended by 24 months. The additional time would allow for the facilitation of additional applications and for the processing of applications received by the appointed registration authority.

Whilst the department will accept applications after 8 February 2020 from non-registered EAPs, practitioners are strongly encouraged to submit their applications for registration with the registration authority. 

Members of the public are invited to submit written comments or inputs to the Minister within 30 days of publication of this Notice in the Government Gazette, to the following addresses:

By post to:

The Director-General: Department of Environmental Affairs
Attention: Ms S Hlela
Private Bag X447
Pretoria
0001

By hand at: Reception, Environment House
473 Steve Biko Road
Arcadia
Pretoria
0083

By email: shlela@environment.gov.za

Enquiries in connection with the notice can be directed to:
Ms Sibusisiwe Hlela
Tel: 012 399 9322

Mr Mahlatse Shubane
Tel: 012 399 9417.

Comments received after the closing date may not be considered.

Access the notice here » Consultation on intention to amend Section 24H Registration Authority Regulations, 2016

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