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Marine Spatial Planning Bill 2017

March 31, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Intention to introduce to Parliament and explanatory memorandum for the Marine Spatial Planning Bill, 2017 (31 March 2017)

Download the Draft Marine Spatial Planning Bill, 2016  (The socio-economic impact study on this draft Bill is available upon request from the Department of Environmental Affairs. Requests can be made by email,, or telephonically, 021 819 2416 (Mr Gcobani Popose))

At a Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs meeting, the Department of Environmental Affairs introduced new proposed amendments to the Marine Spatial Planning Bill. On 29 November 2017, the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs discussed its report on the Bill and decided to adopted the Version B of the Bill.

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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