An Environmental Management System can be defined by the international standard ISO 14001:2015 as: “Part of an organisation’s management system used to develop and implement its environmental policy and manage its environmental impacts.” Therefore, at the core of an EMS is the requirement to acknowledge...

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The National Environmental Management Act- NEMA, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998,NEMA), as amended, is the statutory framework to enforce Section 24 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (https://www.gov.za/documents/national-environmental-management-act). The NEMA, as amended, is intended to promote co-operative governance and ensure that...

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“An environmental audit is a methodical examination (incl. tests, checks, and confirmation) of environmental procedures and practices with the view of verifying whether they comply with internal policies, accepted practices and legal requirements” (DEAT, 2004). Mandatory audits mostly stem from legislation, licence requirements and environmental...

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Invasive species are defined as an introduced organism into a new area through anthropogenic means (either intentional or accidental) which is not indigenous to the landform. Once in a relocated area, the species spread rapidly due to the absence of natural predators and are able...

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Environmental Assurance (Pty) Ltd (ENVASS) prides itself on value-added service offerings and continued growth, culminating unique skills and training opportunities for sustained employee development. ENVASS has an established environmental audit division, serviced by highly qualified and experienced auditors, who provide auditing services to various mining...

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Generally, the water quality of groundwater sources is considered more stable than surface water sources. For this reason, groundwater sources are usually sampled quarterly which is less frequent than surface water sampling which occurs monthly. To obtain a representative sample, it is often suggested that...

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ENVASS utilizes the National Environmental Screening Tool to advise on specialist study requirements for all Environmental Impact Assessment Projects. The National Web-based Environmental Screening Tool is a geographically based web-enabled application that allows a developer/client intending to submit an application for environmental authorisation in terms...

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