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Continued application of a general authorisation in terms of section 39 of the National Water Act, 1998

12 July 2019

On 12 July 2019, the acting Director-General of the Department of Water and Sanitation authorised the continued application of the general authorisation related to the water uses specified under sections 21(e), (f), (g), (h) and (j) of the National Water Act, 1998 (NWA) until the new general authorisation for waste related activities is gazetted. The water uses specified in those sections are as follows:

(e) engaging in a controlled activity identified as such in section 37(1) or declared under section 38(1);

(f) discharging waste or water containing waste into a water resource through a pipe, canal, sewer, sea outfall or other conduit;

(g) disposing of waste in a manner which may detrimentally impact on a water resource;

(h) disposing in any manner of water which contains waste from, or which has been heated in, any industrial or power generation process; …

(j) removing, discharging or disposing of water found underground if it is necessary for the efficient continuation of an activity or for the safety of people;

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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