Many small-scale mining operations operate illegally
EMPR’s are required for all mining and prospecting activities in terms of this act. Many mining operations in the province do not have EMPR’s.
Closed, disused and abandoned mines have also not been rehabilitated and pose environmental problems and safety hazards.
Arrangements for Co-operative Governance and Environmental Management
EMPR’s are required by DME for all new mining activities in terms of the Minerals Act.
All EMPR’s in the province are submitted to DACE for comment.
Recommendations for Co-operative Governance and Environmental Management
Co-operation between DACE and DME regarding new development and compliance.
The National Small Scale Mining Committee of DME should provide guidance to Provinces regarding EMPR compliance of small-scale mining and funding for this.
DME to be represented on the Provincial Committee for Environmental Co-ordination to address issues related to environment, health and safety of this sector and compliance to EMPR regulations.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AND CO-OPERATIVE GOVERNANCE
Detailed recommendations for co-operative governance and environmental management for specific functions exercised in the province have been provided in the previous section. The following recommendations are general overarching recommendations relating to institutional arrangements and tools to facilitate effective co-operative environmental governance and management that would apply across the province.
Provincial Inter-Governmental Forum (PIGF)
This forum consists of the Provincial Executive Committee, elected Local Government Representatives and representatives of organised local government aimed at ensuring co-operative governance horizontally and vertically, particularly with respect to development issues. The PIGF is supported by a Technical Sub-Committee comprising of officials from both Provincial Departments and Local Government Authorities.
The primary function of this forum is to promote co-ordination and the optimum utilisation of the resources. Since this forum has at its disposal the policies, plans & programmes of the various Departments and local governments, it can be a useful vehicle to drive the development and implementation of crosscutting interventions such as the Rural Development Strategy and thereby integrate environmental considerations into decision making.
The following tools can be used for this purpose:
Provincial Sustainable Development Framework
Provincial State of Environment Report (SOER)
Environmental Potential Atlas (ENPAT) for North West
Provincial Committee for Environmental Co-ordination (PCEC)
The PCEC would be a reflection of the National CEC but at the Provincial level. It is to be chaired by the DG of the Province with the HOD’s of the various Departments representing the line functions of the Province as well as representation from key National Departments
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