Werda Handel (Pty) Ltd and another v Director-General: Department of Water and Sanitation and Tshedza Mining Resources (Pty) Ltd
9 February 2017
Preliminary decision regarding locus standi
Date: 9 February 2017
Members: Tumai Murombo (Chairing) , Tan Makhubele SC and Maleho MD Nkomo
In a preliminary decision in this matter, the Water Tribunal held that an interested and affected party has locus standi to submit an appeal against a decision by a responsible authority to issue a water use licence if the interested and affected party timeously submitted an objection to the granting of that water use licence.
In this matter, the environmental assessment practitioner (EAP) appointed by Tshedza Mining (Pty) Ltd (Tshedza) to apply for a water use licence on its behalf failed to submit an objection by Werda Handel (Pty) Ltd and Fournel (Pty) Ltd (appellants) to the decision-maker and Tshedza. The Water Tribunal held that the EAP had a legal duty to submit “all information received during the application process to the applicant in the water use application and to the competent authority” and that the EAP in this case negelcted her duty.