DRAFT REGULATIONS: MANAGEMENT OF CHILD BANKS MARINE PROTECTED AREA
Title: Draft regulations for the management of the Childs Bank Marine Protected Area
Government Notice: GN 186 in GG 39705 of 17 February 2016
Date of commencement: Not yet specified
In terms of section 22A of the NEMPA the Minister of Environmental Affairs may declare marine protected areas for, inter alia, conservation purposes and to restrict activities allowed in these areas. A draft notice declaring the Childs Bank Marine Protected Area under section 22A of the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act 57 of 2003 (NEMPA) was published in GN 96 and 97 in GG 39646 of 3 February 2016. Now, draft regulations for the management of this area have been published for comment. General restrictions that will be imposed in this area include restrictions pertaining to scientific research, the use of vessels and restrictions included in section 48A(1) of NEMPA (such as take or destroy fauna or flora, any dredging or extraction of sand, rock, gravel or minerals, discharge or deposit waste or any other polluting matter, or carrying out of an activity resulting in detrimental environmental impact).
Any person who wishes to submit representations or comments in connection with the draft regulations are invited to do so within 90 days from the date of publication in the Government Gazette and by no later than 16h00 on the last day.
“So what” for my operation?
It is important for your operation to ensure that, if you plan to conduct any activities in this area, you adhere to the regulations related to the management thereof and that you do not conduct any activity that has been prohibited in this area, or an activity without the required permits or authorisations.
What is Shangoni’s approach?
Facilitation of application for required environmental permits and authorisations
Shangoni has the expertise and experience to undertake the full spectrum of tasks for environmental authorisation or permit applications for our clients within the mining and non-mining sectors. This includes the statutory public participation and consultation process and all the required interactions with the regulating authorities. Shangoni’s approach towards Environmental Authorisation Application development also emphasises the management of identified risks, thus adding significant value to the organisation beyond the delivery of a report submitted to regulators for approval.