Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries
The comment period for two notices published in terms of the National Forest Act pertaining to the Grey Dell and Fort Grey Forests areas has been extended.
The environment, forestry and fisheries department published the extension in Government Gazette 43742.
The two notices were published on 10 September 2020:
• Government Gazette 43699 – consultation on the intention to declare the Grey Dell and Fort Grey forests areas as a controlled forest area under section 17(2) of the National Forests Act – purposes of preventing deforestation and for rehabilitation of natural forest and associated habitat that was damaged and degraded – comment within 14 days of date of publication;
• Gazette 43700 – consultation on intention to declare the Grey Dell and Fort Grey forest areas as natural forest under section 7(2) of the National Forests Act – all indigenous tree cover in any stage of development occurring on the indicated properties in the Grey Dell and Fort Grey Forests areas with incorporation of interspersed open land, degraded forest and planted forest serving as nursery crop – comment within 14 days of date of publication.
Comment is now invited until 9 October 2020.
Meanwhile, speaking at the Food Loss and Waste Voluntary Agreement virtual launch, the environment, forestry and fisheries minister, Barbara Creecy, referred to the National Waste Management Strategy 2020 recently approved by cabinet.
The Strategy is designed to drive the circular economy; implement a varied regulatory system; create jobs and Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises; promote public awareness and support waste service delivery all in the context of a circular economy.
The Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) launched the South African Food Loss and Waste Voluntary Agreement which commits food manufacturers and retailers to reducing food waste to achieve the United Nation’s sustainable development goal to halve global food waste by 2030.
The Agreement was developed by CGCSA in partnership with the trade, industry and competition department and the environment, forestry and fisheries department and was co-funded by the European Union through the SA-EU Dialogue Facility.
According to a statement, the CGCSA is pushing for legislation to make it possible for surplus food, still safe for human consumption, to be donated to the needy as part of national goals to avert food insecurity in South Africa.