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NEMLA Bill Returned to PC Environmental Affairs

September 13, 2018


The National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Bill has been remitted back to the portfolio committee on environmental affairs.

The bill was tabled in May 2017.

The committee adopted the bill in June 2018 and sent it to the national assembly for its second reading debate scheduled for 4 September 2018.

However, the environmental affairs minister, Edna Molewa, recently wrote to the speaker of parliament, Baleka Mbete, requesting the postponement of the second reading debate.

Following this, the bill has now been returned to the committee for further consideration.

It seeks to amend a raft of environmental legislation including the National Environmental Management Act, National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, National Environmental Management: Waste Act and the National Environmental Management Amendment Act.

The bill aims to provide for clarity on certain matters and textual amendments.

The proposed legislation seeks to put in place a single application process for licences and permits and allow for the issuing of integrated licences and authorisations.

In terms of the one environmental system provisions, the bill seeks to provide for simultaneous submission of all environmental applications linked to mining activities and clarify that the mineral resources minister is responsible for implementation of the licensing system for waste activity flowing from mining operations.