‘New EIA regulations now in effect in South Africa’

Engineering News, 2 August 2010

South Africa’s new environmental impact assessment (EIA) regulations came into effect on Monday, which the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) said started the official implementation process of a new regime aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of EIAs.

The National Environmental Management Act (Nema) EIA 2010 regulations and the listing notices thereto replaced the Nema EIA regulations of 2006 and its associated listing notices.

The revised regulations were said to be the result of a consultation process and were published by Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Buyelwa Sonjica in Government Gazette 33306 of June 18, 2010.

The DEA said that the new regulations introduced an approach where impacts associated with the sensitivity of the receiving environment are treated with more care – this was achieved through the introduction of a Listing Notice dedicated to activities planned for predefined sensitive areas.

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