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The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Responsible Authority/ies

Department of Developmental Local Government and Housing

All Provincial Government Departments

Environmental Issues

Development projects within rural that may result in additional pressures on resources (land, water, soil).

General lack of integration of Environmental issues in decision making

Increase in pollution and waste

Loss of habitat and Biodiversity

Compliance to NEMA Principles

Sustainable Development

A goal of the strategy is to achieve rural development through the sustainable development and use of the natural resource base

The strategy focuses on the diversification of the rural economic activity to reduce pressure on the resource base

Integration of Environmental Considerations into Decision Making

The strategy is not clear on the manner of integration of environmental considerations within all development projects.

Participation, Empowerment and Transparency

The objectives of the strategy include effective community participation to facilitate empowerment of civil society.

Environmental Justice and Equity

The strategy focuses on equitable access to natural resources with communities empowered to manage their environment and safe and healthy living and working environments.

Ecological Integrity

The strategy is not clear enough on how ecological integrity will be maintained.  Objectives are to broad

Co-operative Governance

The strategy is a definite attempt to ensure alignment between North West Provincial government and all its line departments as well as with the national departments.

Compliance to Relevant Environmental Legislative Provisions

Not applicable

Existing Arrangements for Co-operative Governance and Environmental Management

Oversight of the strategy is provided by the Provincial Inter Governmental Forum (PIGF) at political level and the PIGF Technical Committee at implementation level

Recommendations for Co-operative Governance and Environmental Management

The strategy must be reviewed in light of recent changes in laws governing natural resources, environmental management and environmental rights.

The review should include alignment to NEMA Principles and clarity on the manner in which implementation will comply.

The PIGF should be strengthened with technical representation from Environmental Management Directorate of DACE.

The plans of all Provincial Departments must indicate potential environmental affects and conformance to NEMA Principles and report these to the proposed Provincial Committee for Environmental Co-ordination.

The proposed Provincial Development Planning legislation will be aligned to environmental considerations.


Spatial Development Initiatives (SDI’s)


The North West has 3 Spatial Development Corridors of which one is declared. An east/west development corridor links up with the Maputo SDI and the route to Walvisbay

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