(Source: Dept of Environmental Affairs, 22 May 2012)

The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa published for public comment under sections 24(5)(c) and 44, respectively, of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998), and sections 45(2), 52(4)(a), 55(3)(a) and 69(1)(dd), respectively, of the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008 (Act No. 59 of 2008) the fee structure for consideration and processing of applications for environmental authorisations and waste management licences, in Notices 395 and 396 of Gazette No 35337 of 18 May 2012. These fees are proposed to be implemented in July 2012.

In November 2011, the department published for public comment the draft fee structure for environmental authorisations and waste management licences in Gazette No 34734. Amendments were made to the fee regulations based on comments received and are being gazetted for a final round of comment. Presently, the government is covering all costs related to applications for environmental authorisations and waste management licences. It was decided that a fee be attached to applications in order to recover basic administration costs of processing an application.

The purpose of the regulations is to prescribe the fee to be paid for the consideration and processing of an application for an environmental authorisation or waste management license, an amendment of an environmental authorisation as well as the transfer, renewal or variation of a waste management license. The regulations exclude applications for wetland rehabilitation, community based projects funded by a government grant and applications made by an organ of state.

When an application is withdrawn or the application has lapsed, the fee will not be refunded. Furthermore, when an application for an environmental authorisation for which a basic assessment is required is lodged and it later transpires that the application requires scoping and an environmental impact assessment, the balance of the fee must be paid before the reports will be considered.

Interested and affected parties are invited to submit written comments to the Minister within 30 days of publication of the notice in the Gazette. Written comments or inputs can be delivered by hand, mail, email or telefax transmission.

By post to:
The Director-General: Environmental Affairs
Attention: Mr N Nkotsoe
Private Bag X447
Pretoria, 0001
By fax to: (012) 320 1781, and by email to nnkotsoe@environment.gov.za
Hand delivered at: 315 Pretorius Street, corner Pretorius and Van Der Walt streets, Fedsure Forum Building, 2nd Floor, North Tower
Enquiries: Mr N Nkotsoe (012) 395 1689

Comments received after the closing date may not be considered.

To access the gazette notices, click on the links below.

For the gazette on waste management licence fees
For the gazette on environmental authorisation licence fees