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National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Act, No. 2 of 2022.

Type of law

This Act, consisting of 89 articles, provides for the amendment of the following Acts: 1) the National Environmental Management Act, no. 107 of 1998; 2) the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, no. 57 of 2003; 3) the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, no. 10 of 2004; 4) the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act, no. 39 of 2004; 5) the Integrated Coastal Management Act, no. 24 of 2008; 6) the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, no. 59 of 2008; 7) the National Environmental Management Amendment Act, no. 62 of 2008. The amendments concern: the adding of new terms and definitions, including: audit, environmental management instrument and environmental risk assessment, environmental mineral resources inspector, indigenous knowledge practitioner, latent environmental impacts, financial provision, mining activity; mitigation. Further amendments concern: the registration of all environmental management instruments adopted according to this Act; the individuation of the competent authority for processing environmental authorisation applications, for eliminating any source of environmental pollution and for undertaking public participation in waste management activity; the definition of financial provisions for remediation of environmental damage, for mining and mineral resources; powers of inspectors; criminal provisions related to the treatment of seized live specimens; delegation of powers and duties by responsible institutions.
What is more, the Act defines relevant matters covered by Ministerial powers: studies done for the environmental impact assessments; the ecological integrity of the protected environment; the protected environment as a biodiversity priority area for the protection of species; the protected environment as a strategic water resource area. The Act provides for: eradication and destruction of all alien or invasive species; prohibition of any activity that may negatively impact on the well-being of animals; consequences of unlawful conduct of listed activity resulting in atmospheric emission; revocation or suspension of atmospheric emission licences; categorisation of different types of waste, including: domestic waste, hazardous waste, residues; establishment of Waste Management Bureau and definition of its tasks; measures concerning remediation plans relating to contaminated land.
Date of text
Serial Imprint
Government Gazette of the Republic of South Africa no. 46602 of 2022.
Source language


Legislation Amendment
Original title
Wysigingswet op Nasionale Omgewingsbestuurswette, No. 02 van 2022.