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Cape Nature and Environmental Conservation Ordinance 19 of 1974

21 February 1975

Cape Nature and Environmental Conservation Ordinance 19 of 1974 

Geographic scope: Western Cape Province, Eastern Cape Province (excluding the former Ciskei and Transkei) and parts of North West Province (excluding the former Boputhatswana)

Amendments to this Ordinance

Regulations and Proclamations made under this Ordinance 

Ordinance to be repealed by the North West Biodiversity Management Act, 2016 in as far as it applies to the North West Province when that Act comes into force. It is also proposed in the Western Cape Biodiversity Draft Bill, 2019, that the Ordinance is repealed in so far as it relates to the Western Cape Province.


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.

Report a Violation

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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