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  • Celebrating 10 years

    National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report 2014-15National Environmental Compliance

    environmental affairs Environmental Affairs Department:

    REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

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    Celebrating 10 years

    National Environmental Compliance & Enforcement Report 2014-15

  • environmental affairsEnvironmental AffairsDepartment:

    REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

  • PAGE v

    ContentsFOREWORD .....................................................................................................viiACRONYMS.....................................................................................................viiiGLOSSARY OF TERMS: ................................................................................viii1. INTRODUCTION ........................................................................................... 12. KEY FINDINGS ............................................................................................. 23. ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT INSPECTORS ........................................ 5

    3.1 The distribution of EMIs since 2007 ................................................................................... 53.2 Environmental Management Inspectors per Institution ...................................................... 5

    3.2.1 Local Authority Environmental Management Inspectors ..................................... 63.2.2 Grades 1- 4 Environmental Management Inspectors .......................................... 63.2.3 Grade 5 Environmental Management Inspectors ................................................ 73.2.4 Environmental Management Inspectors: Gender and grades pie charts per

    institution ............................................................................................................. 8

    4. OVERALL NATIONAL COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT STATISTICS ...... 94.1 Enforcement ....................................................................................................................... 9

    4.1.1 Statistics Received from the National Prosecuting Authority ............................... 94.1.2 Most prevalent crimes reported ......................................................................... 104.1.3 National Environmental Legislation contravened .............................................. 11

    4.2 Compliance Monitoring / Inspection Activities of EMI Institutions ..................................... 124.2.1 Brown Issues ..................................................................................................... 134.2.2 Green Issues ..................................................................................................... 134.2.3 Blue Issues ........................................................................................................ 13

    5. STATISTICS PER NATIONAL INSTITUTION/PROVINCE ................................. 145.1 National Institutions .......................................................................................................... 14

    5.1.1 Department of Environmental Affairs ................................................................. 145.1.2 SANParks and Isimangaliso Wetland Authority ................................................. 15

    5.2 Provincial Institutions and Parks ....................................................................................... 165.2.1 Western Cape ................................................................................................... 165.2.2 KwaZulu-Natal ................................................................................................... 17

    5.2.3 Gauteng ............................................................................................................. 185.2.4 Limpopo ............................................................................................................. 195.2.5 Eastern Cape .................................................................................................... 205.2.6 Free State .......................................................................................................... 215.2.7 Mpumalanga ...................................................................................................... 225.2.8 Northern Cape ................................................................................................... 235.2.9 North West ........................................................................................................ 24

    6. ENVIRONMENTAL JURISPRUDENCE ............................................................... 267. LEGISLATIVE DEVELOPMENTS ........................................................................ 41

    7.1 National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998 .................................................... 417.1.1 Regulations ....................................................................................................... 417.1.2 Notices .............................................................................................................. 417.1.3 Draft Regulations ............................................................................................... 41

    7.2 National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act 10 of 2004 .................................... 417.2.1 Regulations ....................................................................................................... 417.2.2 Notices .............................................................................................................. 417.2.3 Draft Regulations ............................................................................................... 41

    7.3 National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act 39 of 2004 .................................... 417.3.1 Regulations ....................................................................................................... 417.3.2 Draft Regulations ............................................................................................... 42

    7.4 National Environmental Management: Waste Act 59 of 2008 .......................................... 427.4.1 Regulations .............................................................................................................. 427.4.2 Draft Regulations ..................................................................................................... 42

    7.5 National Environmental Management: Integrated Coastal Management Act 24 of 2008 .... 427.5.1 Amendment Act ....................................................................................................... 427.5.2 Regulations .............................................................................................................. 427.5.3 Draft Regulations ..................................................................................................... 42

    7.6 National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act 57 of 2003 ........................... 427.6.1 Regulations .............................................................................................................. 427.6.2 Draft Regulations ..................................................................................................... 42

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    8. INDUSTRIAL COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT ......................................... 438.1 Pro-active Compliance Inspections .................................................................................. 438.2 Environmental Impact and Pollution Enforcement (National DEA) ................................... 518.3 Provincial Inspection Activities (Mpumalanga DARDLEA) ............................................... 54

    8.3.1 ASTARL (Pty) Ltd Strategic Inspection 18-20 June 2014 .................................. 548.3.2 Lydenberg Smelters Strategic Inspection 24 March 2015 ................................. 55

    9. BIODIVERSITY COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT ..................................... 559.1 Rhinoceros ....................................................................................................................... 55

    9.1.1 Total Number of Rhinos poached in South Africa for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 ........................................................................................................... 56

    9.1.2 Total Number of Arrests made in South Africa for Rhino-Related Offences for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 ......................................................................... 56

    9.1.3 CITES Ministerial Dialogue for Key States Concerned with the Illegal Trade in Rhinoceros Horn ........................................................................................... 57

    9.2 Elephant ........................................................................................................................... 589.3 Cycads .............................................................................................................................. 59

    9.3.1 Majestic Plants Uprooted for Greedy Gauteng Buyers ..................................... 599.4 Other Species ................................................................................................................... 609.5 Environmental Management Inspectors from DEA deployed at OR Tambo

    International Airport to combat Wildlife Crime .................................................................. 629.6 The Anti-Poaching Unit of Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency receives a

    much needed boost .......................................................................................................... 63

    10. JOINT COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS ........................... 6310.1 Fisheries Blitz, St Helena Bay, Western Cape Province ................................................... 6310.2 General Land ll Site Blitz ..........