On 5 July 2019, the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries signed a notice of requirement for all applications submitted as per Regulation 16(1)(b)(v) of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, 2014, as amended.
This notice requires a screening report as generated by the National Web Based Environmental Screening Tool in terms of Section 24(5)(h) of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998) to be submitted along with the application, effective from October 2019.
The screening tool can be described as an online, geographic information system, which enables the user to assess the proposed area of development for any potential sensitivities. Moreover, the tool provides additional information that might be required for assessment during an authorisation process. This includes instances of minimum requirements, potential Environmental Management Frameworks for the area and specific regional development targets or plans.
The report generated by the screening tool provides an indication of specialist’s studies that will be mandatory to undertake during the authorisation process, based on the development plans for the region of the environmental sensitivity of the site. The screening tool and generated report assist companies and consultancies in ensuring that accurate planning and subsequent applications can be undertaken.
ENVASS has incorporated the screening tool as an integral part of screening for sensitivities from the launch date and finds the information very usable, accurate and relevant to the authorisations process. The screening tool is an open source programme and more importantly, user-friendly. For free access to the Screening Tool, please follow the provided link below.
If you may require any assistance or guidance, please do not hesitate to contact the highly qualified and experienced specialists at ENVASS on 012 460 9768 or firstname.lastname@example.org