Minister of Environmental Affairs adopts Gauteng provincial environmental management framework standard

02 May 2018

 

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, has published the adoption of the Gauteng Provincial Environmental Management Framework Standard (the Standard) in Government Gazette No. 41473 for implementation effective from 2 May 2018.

The Government Notice contains a standard, as well as the exclusion of certain activities in certain areas within Gauteng, from the requirement to obtain environmental authorisation. 

In general, section 24 of the National Environmental Management Act of 1998 makes provision for the application of appropriate environmental management tools in order to ensure the integrated environmental management of activities. The Standard is one of these environmental management tools.

The standard aims to provide rules which must be complied with in order to ensure compliance to the national environmental management principles and the duty of care principle as contained in the National Environmental Management Act. It also aims to foster sustainable development within the Gauteng Province, while ensuring compliance to management measures for activities, which are excluded from the requirement to obtain an environmental authorisation, as a result of the aforementioned Government Notice.

The Standard is applicable to activities excluded from acquiring an environmental authorisation, when undertaken within Zone 1 or Zone 5 of the Gauteng Provincial Environmental Management Framework.

If the development triggers any other activity that is not excluded from the requirement to obtain an environmental authorisation in terms of the Standard, the provisions of the Standard are not applicable and an environmental authorisation must be obtained in terms of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations for all applicable identified activities in terms of section 24 National Environmental Management Act, 1998.

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