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NATIONAL LEGISLATION OVERVIEWS
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Environment Conservation Act, No. 73 of 1989

Long title


To provide for the effective protection and controlled utilization of the environment and for matters incidental thereto.

Table of contents


SECTION TITLE
1. Definitions

PART I. POLICY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
2. [...repealed - was entitled “Determination of policy”]
3. [...repealed - was entitled “Compliance with policy”]

PART II. COUNCIL FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, COMMITTEE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CO-ORDINATION AND BOARD OF INVESTIGATION
4. [...repealed by Act 1998_107_050(1) - was entitled “Establishment of Council for the Environment”]
5. [...repealed by Act 1998_107_050(1) - was entitled “Objects of council”]
6. [...repealed by Act 1998_107_050(1) - was entitled “Constitution of council”]
7. [...repealed by Act 1998_107_050(1) - was entitled “Committees of council”]
8. [...repealed by Act 1998_107_050(1) - was entitled “Allowances of members of council and committees of council”]
9. [...repealed by Act 1998_107_050(1) - was entitle Meetings of council, records to be kept by council and submission of advice”]
10. [...repealed by Act 1998_107_050(1) - was entitled “Administrative work of council”]
11. [...repealed by Act 1998_107_050(1) - was entitled “Reports by council”]
12. [...repealed by Act 1998_107_050(1) - was entitled “Establishment of Committee for Environmental Co-ordination”]
13. [...repealed by Act 1998_107_050(1) was entitled “Powers, functions and duties of committee”]
14. [...repealed by Act 1998_107_050(1) was entitled “Constitution of committee”]
14A. [...repealed by Act 1998_107_050(1) - was entitled “Executive committee and subcommittees of committee”][Inserted by Act 1993_094_006]
14B. [...repealed by Act 1998_107_050(1) - was entitled “Allowances to members of subcommittees and persons co-opted”] [Inserted by Act 1993_094_006]
14C. [...repealed by Act 1998_107_050(1) - was entitled “Meetings and decisions of committee”] [Inserted by Act 1993_094_006]
15. [...repealed by Act 1998_107_050(1) - was entitled “Board of investigation”]

PART III. PROTECTION OF NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
16. [...repealed - was entitled “Protected natural environment”. Note that s16 in a province is repealed from the date of publication by MEC of regulations under Act 2003_057_087 that prescribe matters covered by this s16]
17. [...repealed - was entitled “Management advisory committees in respect of protected natural environment”. Note that s17 is repealed in a province from the date of publication by MEC of regulations under Act 2003_057_087 that prescribe matters covered by this s17]
18. [...repealed - was entitled “Special nature reserves”]

PART IV. CONTROL OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION
19. [...repealed by Act 2008_059_080 Schedule 2 - was entitled "Prohibition of littering"]
19A. [...repealed by Act 2008_059_080 Schedule 2 - was entitled "Removal of littering"][...inserted by Act 1992_079_008]
20. [...repealed by Act 2008_059_080 Schedule 2 - was entitled "Waste management"]

PART V. CONTROL OF ACTIVITIES WHICH MAY HAVE DETRIMENTAL EFFECT ON THE ENVIRONMENT
21. Identification of activities which will probably have detrimental effect on environment 
22. Prohibition on undertaking of identified activities 
23. Limited development areas

PART VI. REGULATIONS
24. [...repealed by Act 2008_059_080 Schedule 2 - was entitled "Regulations regarding waste management"]
24A. [...repealed by Act 2008_059_080 Schedule 2 - was entitled "Regulations regarding littering"][...inserted by Act 1992_079_014]
24B. [...repealed by Act 2008_059_080 Schedule 2 - was entitled "Regulations regarding product"][...inserted by Act 1992_079_014]
24C. [...repealed by Act 2008_059_080 Schedule 2 - was entitled "Procedure for making regulations"][...inserted by Act 1992_079_014]
25. Regulations regarding noise, vibration and shock
26. Regulations regarding environmental impact reports [pending repeal]
27. Regulations regarding limited development areas
27A. .[...repealed - was entitled “Regulations regarding international conventions, treaties and agreements”] [Inserted by Act 1994_052_004]
28. General regulatory powers
28A. Exemption to persons, local authorities and government institutions from application of certain provisions [..inserted by Act 1992_079_017]

PART VII. OFFENCES, PENALTIES AND FORFEITURE
29. Offences and penalties
30. Forfeiture

PART VIII. GENERAL PROVISIONS
31. Powers of Minister and competent authority in case of default by local authority
31A. Powers of Minister, competent authority, local authority or government institution where environment is damaged, endangered or detrimentally affected [...inserted by Act 1992_079_019]
32. Publication for comment
33. Delegation
34. Compensation for loss
35. Appeal to Minister or competent authority
36. Review by court
37. Restriction of liability
38. [...repealed - was entitled “Entering into and ratification of conventions, treaties and agreements”]
39. [...repealed - was entitled ...(Obtain title on request)]
40. State bound
41. Application of Act
41A. Right to enter upon land [...inserted by Act 1992_079_021]
42. Repeal of laws, and savings
43. Amends section 1 of the Physical Planning Act 88 of 1967 by deleting the definition of 'nature area'
44. [Focus: Amends section 1 of the Physical Planning Act No. 88 of 1967...]
45. Amends section 6 of the Physical Planning Act 88 of 1967 by substituting subsection (2)(e)(i)
46. Short title
Sch. SCHEDULE.

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