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Provincial governmental functions which may have a significant environmental impact have been identified based on the Integrated Implementation Plans and annual reports of relevant provincial government departments to form the basis of this first edition EIP.  Given the requirement for co-operative governance and protection of the environment across all spheres of government, some key functions of Local Government and National Government Departments are also included even though, in some cases, these functions have been reported on in National Departmental EIP’s and EMP’s.  

Two broad categories of function and activity have been identified as having potential effects on the environment, as follows:

Overarching Multi-Sectoral Development Initiatives

Provincial Integrated Sustainable Rural Development Strategy

Spatial Development Initiatives (SDI’s)

Sector Functions and Activities of Government

Provincial Land Development

Local Government Planning

Municipal Bulk Infrastructure


Municipal Waste and Medical Waste

Provincial Roads

Public Property


Land Reform

Minerals Development and Small-Scale Mining

Each function and activity is presented in terms of the following information:

A brief description of the function as it is exercised in the province.

Laws and policies which govern the function.

The authority/ies responsible for the execution of the function

Environmental issues and concerns related to the function

Compliance of the function to NEMA principles

Compliance of the function to relevant environmental laws

Arrangements which presently exist to ensure co-operative governance and environmental management for the function

Recommendations for co-operative governance and environmental management


Overarching Multi-Sectoral Development Initiatives

4.1.1.Provincial Integrated Sustainable Rural Development Strategy


The North West is largely rural and as such has a focussed strategy for rural development which aims to ensure alignment between the North West provincial government and all its line departments as well as with the national departments. This alignment will ensure that resources are optimally utilised and the development plans of different departments work in combination to contribute to the fundamental objectives of economic growth and job creation, meeting basic needs and developing human resources in the rural areas.  Both horizontal and vertical alignment is therefore crucial

The process of formulating and managing the Integrated Sustainable Rural Development Strategy in the North West Province has been assigned to the Dept of Developmental Local Government and Housing.

All Provincial Government Departments must ensure alignment of their strategic plans to the strategy.

Governing Laws and Policies

The Growth, Employment and Redistribution Programme (GEAR)

The Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP)

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