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Draft Eastern Cape Environmental Management Bill

22 July 2019

The Draft Eastern Cape Environmental Management Bill, 2019 was published in the Eastern Cape Provincial Gazette for comment on 22 July 2019.

Its professed objectives are to rationalize, consolidate and reform the law regulating environmental management and to provide for the harmonisation of provincial legislation with national legislation regulating protected areas, biodiversity, waste management and air quality; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

It is proposed in the draft bill that the following Acts applying in the Eastern Cape are repealed:

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Section 24of 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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