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.