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Parliamentary Questions and Answers

July 28, 2016 at 11:08 am

In terms of section 43(2) of the Constitution, Parliament must scrutinize and oversee executive action. One of the ways in which it exercises this oversight role is by allowing Members of Parliament (MP) to ask questions to members of the cabinet. Members of the cabinet are obliged to answer MPs’ questions. We have collected some of the questions by MPs to the Ministers of Environmental Affairs, Mineral Resources, Water and Sanitation and Energy and the answers to those questions.

Minister of Environmental Affairs

Minister of Mineral Resources 

Minister of Water and Sanitation

Department of Energy 

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 



Section 24 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

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National Environmental Crimes & Incidents Hotline (24 hours): 0800 205 005

In addition, there are a number of national and provincial hotlines that may be useful.

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