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DLA has presented training courses for relevant officials in the province  on the Integration of Environmental Planning  into the Land Reform programme.

DACE is involved in project planning committees of some land reform projects.

Recommendations for Co-operative Governance and Environmental Management

The institutional arrangements and responsibilities of various government departments in land reform, settlement support and after care are being resolved and finalised.

Environmental Management Directorate of DACE should be represented on the Provincial State Land Disposal Committee and on the Provincial Project Approval Committee


Minerals Development and Small–Scale Mining


The promotion of and co-ordination of mining in the Province

Governing Laws and Policies

Minerals Act

The Minerals Development Bill

The White Paper of Minerals and Energy

Responsible Authority/ies

Department of Minerals and Energy (national)

Environmental Issues

Physical scarring of landscapes

Waste management and mine dumps


Pollution (water, air and noise)


Health and Safety

Compliance to NEMA Principles

Sustainable Development

EMPR’s should address many of these issues.  Many mines however operate without approved EMPR’s

The use and disposal of cyanide and mercury in gold mines is not correctly managed.  

Many small-scale miners operate illegally.

Issuing of temporary authorisations without the EMPR process

Integration of Environmental Considerations into Decision Making

Should be addressed in EMPR’s.

The majority of mines in the Province operate without EMPR’s.

Participation, Empowerment and Transparency

The Department of Minerals and Energy facilitate the promotion and development of small - scale mining in the province.  Promoting legal compliance and safety, including EMPR requirements, form part of this process.

Environmental Justice and Equity

The small-scale mining programme is intended to ensure equitable access to mineral resources by previously disadvantaged groups.

Safety and Health and environmental requirements are not sufficiently addressed in small-scale mining.

Many small-scale miners operate illegally

Ecological Integrity

EMPR’s should address many of these issues.  Many mines however operate without approved EMPR’s

Co-operative Governance

Other than commenting on EMPR’s, little co-operation with the Department of Minerals and Energy exists.

Compliance to Relevant Environmental Legislative Provisions

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