Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment
The regulations for implementing and enforcing priority area air quality management plans will be published before the end of 2022.
The forestry, fisheries and the environment minister, Barbara Creecy, confirmed this during her department’s 2022 Budget Vote speech.
“There are presently 10 appeals against the various decisions by the Department’s National Air Quality Officer in relation to requests for the suspension and postponement of compliance with the Minimum Emission Standards and the issuing of a Provisional Atmospheric Emission Licence”, she said.
Some of the appeals were granted while others were refused.
“Due to the complex and conflicting nature of the issues raised in the appeals received, I am putting in place process in terms of Section 3A of National Environmental Management Act to advise me on the appeals “, she said.
The minister confirmed that a White Paper on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of South Africa’s Biodiversity has been drawn up.
The plan is to table the White Paper in cabinet in June 2022 for approval after which it will be published for comment.
As regards the captive lion industry, a Panel of Experts is to be set up to “formulate and oversee implementation of a voluntary exit strategy for those who wish to participate”.
The minister also indicated that a Wildlife Welfare Forum is being set up to “promote biodiversity conservation and the ecologically sustainable, responsible and humane use and management of wildlife”.