Long-awaited legislation seeks to strengthen SA’s environmental regime

The decision to allow mining in a protected environment is now the exclusive competence of the minister of forestry, fisheries and the environment.

According to law firm Webber Wentzel, section 48 of the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act previously prohibited commercial prospecting, mining, exploration or production from being undertaken in a protected environment without the permission of both the environment minister and the minister of mineral resources and energy.

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Sheree Bega
Sheree Bega is an environment reporter at the Mail & Guardian.

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