Environmental affairs department ahead of performance targets
The Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) was ahead of target in terms of environmental outputs at the end of the first quarter of the current financial year.
The department’s Quarterly Performance Report for the first quarter shows that Environmental Affairs finalised 13 criminal enforcement actions for non-compliance with environmental legislation against a target of 10.
The department intends to finalise a total of 105 criminal actions for non-compliance during the course of the 2014/15 financial year.
In the same quarter, Environmental Affairs instituted 21 administrative enforcement actions for non-compliance with environmental legislation against a target of 10, while it also conducted 18 compliance inspections against a target of 15. The targets for the year are 60 and 106 respectively.
With regard to environmental impact assessments (EIA), Environmental Affairs finalised 41 applications within the legislated timeframes between April and June this year, significantly above the target of 26. The department plans to finalise a total of 127 this year with the prescribed timeframes. It also finalised seven Waste License applications over the same period against a target of one.
Over the first quarter of 2014/15, the department created 424 jobs through environmental programmes against a target of 245 and plans to create 960 during the course of the year.
It also finalised five Section 24G applications where people have applied for the rectification of unlawful commencement or continuation of listed activities in terms of the National Environmental Management Act. The target was one. - metrominutes
CAPTION: Eastern Cape MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Sakhumzi Somyo. FILE IMAGE
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