2 August 2013 at 11:39 am
The Department of Environmental Affairs has a reputation for being one of the more accessible and responsive departments in national government, and this was evident from the many compliments received from stakeholders at the Department’s Stakeholder Engagement Forum in Johannesburg on 1 August 2013. However, stakeholders also raised substantive concerns that included, most prominently, the environmental impacts of mining, but also the DEA’s capacity for dealing with off-shore oil spills, mandate conflicts with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the lack of visibility of the Environmental Management Inspectorate, or Green Scorpions. The CER was tweeting updates from this meeting #DEA @CentreEnvRights on 1 August 2013. Read Engineering News‘ take on the meeting, and download some of the branch presentations, below.
The Stakeholder Forum, attended by representatives of industry, some NGOs and community organisations, municipalities, the media and others, consisted of presentations by the Deputy Director-Generals for each branch, followed by question-and-answer sessions with Minister Molewa, Deputy Minister Mabudafhasi, Director-General Nosipho Ngcaba and the DDGs.
Molewa acknowledges need for greater environmental leadership, Engineering News, 1 August 2013
- Biodiversity and Conservation Branch
- Oceans and Coast Branch
- Chemicals and Waste Management Branch
- Legal Authorisations and Compliance Inspectorate Branch
- Environmental Programmes Branch
- Climate Change and Air Quality Management Branch
- Environmental Advisory Services Branch