Advancing environmental assessment practice in South Africa

The Minister is yet to publish the intention to appoint a Registration body for EAPs. EAPASA is not yet able to open the process of registration to EAPs.

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EAPASA

22 July 2016:  The Minister of Environmental Affairs has signed into law regulations pertaining to the appointment of registration authorities that will be responsible for the registration of environmental assessment practitioners.

On 29 July 2016 the Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa (EAPASA) submitted an application to be appointed by the Minister as a Registration Authority.   

Environmental Assessment Practitioners (EAPs) may submit applications to be registered only once the Registration Authority is formally appointed.  

According to Section 24H of the National Environmental Management Act (107 of 1998) this means that “No person other than a registered environmental assessment practitioner, may hold primary responsibility for the planning, management, coordination or review of environmental impact assessments and associated EMPrs.”  The requirement to register applies to officials reviewing and consultants in private practice.

The minister will require that EAPs currently undertaking or reviewing Environmental Impact Assessments to be registered within two years of the appointment of the Registration Authority.   

Subscribe with EAPASA so that you can be informed directly of progress.  Check the list of frequently asked questions.  

Some key milestones:

  • EAPASA established in 2012 with a Constitution and Rule Book
  • A Transformation Charter is in place
  • EAPASA is registered as a Non- Profit Organisation
  • An online application system has been developed to accept applications
  • A Panel of External Assessors has been established (still to receive training on the RPL method of assessing) 
  • A Registrar and Secretariat are appointed
  • An accountant is appointed
  • Standard Operating Procedures for effective operations are developed
  • Committees are established
  • An Application Guideline Manual is available for applicants

Operational News and Updates

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Feb

Transformation Charter

CHARTER We, EAPASA, undertake to promote the transformation of Enviro...

11

Feb

Call for Proposals: Registrar

EAPASA invites applications from suitably qualified individuals/servic...

07

Feb

Registration Process

The Qualification Standard for Environmental Assessment Practice  regi...

28

Feb

Stakeholder Update: Feb 2013

In the Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Environme...

EAPASA Board


Ms Snowy Makhudu

Ms Snowy Makhudu

"(NDip Meteorology, TUT; NHD Meteorology, TUT; Post Graduate Certificate in Local Government & Development Management, UNISA)  Chairperson: EAPASA Board"

Ms Chumisa Thengwa

Ms Chumisa Thengwa

"(BSc Statistics & Zoology, WSU; BSc Hons Zoology, WSU; Masters in Environmental Management, UFS) Vice Chairperson, EAPASA Board"

Mr Khangwelo Desmond Musetsho

Mr Khangwelo Desmond Musetsho

"(Master of Business Leadership, UNISA GSBL; Master of Environmental Management, UNIVEN; Bachelor of Environmental Management, UNIVEN; Programme in Law, UNISA) Treasurer, EAPASA Board, Chairperson: Finance and Audit Committee"

Dr Richard Hill

Dr Richard Hill

"(BSc Eng. Civil, UCT; PhD Science, UCT)  Chairperson: Standards and Criteria Committee"

Ms Mercia Komen

Ms Mercia Komen

"Chairperson: Public Relations and Communication Committee"

Ms Karen Shippey

Ms Karen Shippey

"(BSc Geology and Environmental & Geographical Science, UCT; BSc Hons Environmental & Geographical Science, UCT; MSc Environmental Management, UCT) Chairperson: Registration Committee"

Ms Sibusisiwe Hlela

Ms Sibusisiwe Hlela

"(BA, HDE, BA Hons, UKZN; BSocSci Hons, UP; MPhil Environment & Development, UKZN) Chairperson: Professional Development Committee"

Mr Danie Neumann

Mr Danie Neumann

"(BSc Physiology & Genetics, UFS; BSc Hons Physiology, UFS; MSc Industrial Physiology, PUK) Secretary, EAPASA Board"

Mr. Paul Hardcastle

Mr. Paul Hardcastle

"(BSc Conservation Forestry, US; MSc Conservation Biology, UCT; B Phil Sustainable Development Planning, US)"

Mr Sibonelo Mbanjwa

Mr Sibonelo Mbanjwa

"(AMDP, US; BPaed Science; B Ed Hons, UDW; BSc Hons Environmental Monitoring and Modelling, BSc Hons Botany, UNISA; Masters in Environmental Management, UFS; M.Ed (Environmental Education),  Master of Business Administration, RU)  "

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Focus of Current Projects

The various committees of the EAPASA board have priority projects.

Testing the developed solution for Registration

Implement Communication Strategy

Develop Assessor Guides

Appoint the Registrar