Environmental Impact Assessments
Sustainable development is inextricably linked to the physical and environmental aspects of communities and its surroundings. It is thus imperative to address environmental issues at the earliest possible stage in the planning and decision making process. This will ensure that environmental issues are addressed proactively in the initial stages of project planning and improve the assessment of cumulative impacts through implementation activities.
The National Environmental Management Act (No. 107 of 1998) provides for the control of certain listed activities which “may have a detrimental effect on the environment” if not controlled. In terms of the 2014 Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations (as amended), activities listed in Listing Notice 1 (GNR 327), Listing Notice 2 (GNR 325) and Listing Notice 3 (GNR 324), are prohibited until written authorisation is obtained from the Minister or her delegated authority. Activities listed in Listing Notice 1 and Listing Notice 3 will require a Basic Assessment to be conducted while activities listed in Listing Notice 2 will require a full EIA Process which includes a Scoping Phase and an Environmental Impact Report Phase.