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Invitation to Comment: Proposed extension of 2 years in which to register with EAPASA

27 January 2020

On 24 January 2020 the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries published her intention to amend the Section 24H Registration Authority Regulations, 2016.

The proposed amendment extends the date by which all environment assessment practitioners must have registered with the Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa (EAPASA). The proposed amendment provides that Regulation 14 will come into effect 48 months from the date on which EAPASA was appoined (i.e it will take effect on 8 February 2022), as opposed to the current Regulation 14 which will come into effect on 8 February 2020.

Regulation 14 provides that “No person other than a registered environmental assessment practitioner, registered with a registration authority, may hold primary responsibility for the planning, management, coordination or review of environmental impact assessments and associated EMPrs.

Comments on this proposed amendment are requested by 23 February 2020.

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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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