Notice of adoption of an Integrated Environmental Management Plan
National Environmental Management Act,1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998) notice of adoption of an environmental management instrument and exclusion, in terms of section 24(2)(e) of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998, of phase 1 of the Square Kilometre Array from the requirement to obtain environmental authorisation.
On the 22nd March 2019, Minister Nomvula Mokonyane adopted the Integrated Environmental Management Plan (IEMP) for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) (Phase 1) as an environmental management instrument, Based on the adopted instrument, the Minister excluded the National Research Foundation from the requirement to obtain environmental authorisation for the construction of the first phase of the SKA which is to be built near Carnarvon in the Northern Cape Province.
The National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998), makes provision in section 24(2)(e) for the exclusion of specified activities which may be excluded from the requirement to obtain an environmental authorisation, and the SKA IEMP is the first such national instrument. These instruments are intended to streamline and simplify the environmental impact assessment process while ensuring the highest level of environmental protection.