Legislation

Land Legislation

In the land legislation page you will find relevant legislation and regulations relating to activities on land including:

  • National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998: Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, 2014;
  • National Environmental Management: Waste Act 59 of 2008;
  • Conservation of Agricultural Resources Act 43 of 1983;
  • Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act 28 of 2002; 
  • Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act 16 of 2013; and
  • National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act 57 of 2003.

Air Legislation

 

In the air legislation page you will find the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act 39 of 2004 or NEMAQA which is the specific environmental management act aiming to:

  • Protect and enhance the quality of air in South Africa; and
  • Prevent air pollution. NEMAQA defines air pollution as: any change in the composition of the air caused by smoke, soot, dust (including fly ash), cinders, solid particles of any kind, gases, fumes, aerosols and odorous substances.

Water Legislation

In the water legislation page you will find relevant legislation and regulations relating to water in South Africa, specifically the National Water Act 36 of 1998 and the National Environmental Management: Integrated Coastal Management Act 24 of 2008.

Species Legislation

 

In the species legislation page you will find relevant legislation and regulations relating to species including:

  • National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act 10 of 2004;
  • Animals Protection Act 71 of 1962;
  • Game Theft Act 105 of 1991;
  • Marine Living Resources Act 18 of 1998;
  • National Forests Act 84 of 1998; and 
  • National Heritage Resources Act 25 of 1999.

 

Cross Cutting Legislation

Under cross cutting legislation you will find the National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998 or NEMA as it is more commonly called. NEMA is a framework law, which means that it sets the framework for environmental regulation and governance in South Africa. You will also find all provincial conservation laws in this section.