Road Pavement Forum 2005. Content . Some quarrying statisticsSome DefinitionsLegal trends in South AfricaExtracts from South African LawOther aspectsQuality, Environmental Programmes, CSRContractor responsibilityAuthority ResponsibilityConclusions. Road Pavement Forum 2005. Some quarrying statistics .
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1. ROAD PAVEMENTS FORUM Legal implications when using borrow pits and mobile crushers for the production of road material.
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3. Road Pavement Forum 2005 Some quarrying statistics Period 2004
DME aggregate volumes @ 44.8 million tons; (“declared volumes”)
DME estimate this reflects 75% of total volume; (~ 60 million for total market)
DME place industry employment at 4125;
ASPASA estimates aggregate volumes at ~ 90mio tons; (based on cement sales)
Limestone Aggregate Sector (LAS) ~R6 billion; (5th behind Gold, Platinum, Diamonds and Coal)
Some 4000 derelict and ownerless mines in SA.
4. Road Pavement Forum 2005 Some Definitions Aggregate - different sized stone used in the building, construction and road-making industries.
Sand - finer aggregate components, usually < 6mm? . Sand is further classified into –
Natural Sands derived from, for example, rivers or decomposed rock deposits e.g. granite; and,
Crusher sands derived from the aggregate crushing process .
Crushing plant - the production facility associated with the quarry, comprising various crushing units linked via conveyors and screens. The crushing plant is the on-site beneficiation unit producing aggregate.
Quarry - A surface mine from which rock is mined and processed into aggregate.
Sustainable Development - The most common definition is that of the 1990 Bruntland Report - “Our Common Future”, i.e.
5. Road Pavement Forum 2005 Legal Trends in South Africa “Old order” legislation formed and implemented in the era of economic sanctions (political) -
6. Road Pavement Forum 2005 Legal Trends in South Africa “New order” legislation formed and implemented to work in the post sanctions era of environmental sanction
The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (1996);
Mine Health and Safety Act (1996);
National Water Act (1998);
National Environmental Management Act (1998);
National Forest Act (1998);
National Heritage Resources Act (1998);
National Veld and Forest Fire Act (1998);
Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (2002);
Air Quality Act (2004).
7. Road Pavement Forum 2005 Extracts from South African Legislation 24. Environment
Everyone has the right -
(a) to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and
(b) to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that -
(i) prevent pollution and ecological degradation;
(ii) promote conservation; and
(iii) secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.
8. Road Pavement Forum 2005 Extracts - Environment Conservation Act (1989) R.1182 - 5 September 1997
21. Identification of activities which will probably have detrimental effect on environment including
(a) Land use and transformation;
(c) resource removal, including natural living resources;
22. Prohibition on undertaking of identified activities
(1) No person shall undertake an activity identified in terms of section 21 (1) or cause such an activity to be undertaken except by virtue of a written authorisation ….
26. Regulations regarding environmental impact reports….
9. Road Pavement Forum 2005 Extracts - Environment Conservation Act (1989) Part VII - Offences, Penalties and Forfeiture
29. Offences and penalties
(4) Any person who contravenes a provision of section … 22(1) … or fails to comply ….shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding R100 000 or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding 10 years …..
(7) In the event of a conviction…. the court may order that any damage to the environment resulting from the offence be repaired by the person so convicted, to the satisfaction of the Minister
(8) If within a period of 30 days….(the “authority”) may itself take the necessary steps to repair the damage and recover the cost thereof from the person so convicted.
10. Road Pavement Forum 2005 Extracts - National Environmental Management Act (107/1998) 24. Environmental authorisations
24E. Minimum conditions attached to environmental authorisations
24F. Offences relating to commencement or continuation of listed activity
(1) Notwithstanding the provisions of any other Act, no person may commence an activity listed in terms of section 24(2)(a) or (b) unless the competent authority has granted an environmental authorisation ….
24G. Rectification of unlawful commencement or continuation of listed activity
11. Road Pavement Forum 2005 Extracts - National Environmental Management Act (1998) 28. Duty of care and remediation of environmental damage
(1) Every person who causes, has caused or may cause significant pollution or degradation of the environment must take reasonable measures to prevent such pollution or degradation from occurring, continuing or recurring, …
(7) Should a person fail to comply, or inadequately comply, with a directive …., the Director-General or provincial head of department may take reasonable measures to remedy the situation.
(8) …. may recover all costs incurred … from any or all of the following persons -
(a) any person who is or was responsible for, or who directly or indirectly contributed to, the pollution or degradation or the potential pollution or degradation;
12. Road Pavement Forum 2005 Extracts - National Environmental Management Act (1998) (9) The (Authority) may, claim proportionally from any other person who benefited ….; and , (11) If more than one person is liable, the liability must be apportioned among the persons concerned according to the degree to which each was responsible…
13. Road Pavement Forum 2005 Extracts - National Environmental Management Act (1998) 34D. Forfeiture of items
(1) The court convicting a person of an offence in terms of this Act may declare any item, including but not limited to any specimen, container, vehicle, vessel, aircraft or document that was used for the purpose of, or in connection with the commission of the offence and was seized under the provisions of this Part, to be forfeited to the State.
(2) The provisions of section 35 of the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 (Act No. 51 of 1977), apply to the forfeiture of any item in terms of subsection (1), subject to such modifications as the context may require
14. Road Pavement Forum 2005 Extracts - National Environmental Management Act (1998) R.765 - 25 June 2004
…..Activities that may not commence without Environmental Authorisation from the competent authority
The following definitions apply to these schedules -
"industrial mineral" means aggregate,……, manufactured sand from hardrock, manufactured sand from waste dump, stone aggregate from waste dump, gravel stone aggregate,…..
"silica" means building sand, concrete sand, crusher sand, filling sand, ..., silcrete or silica sand;
15. Road Pavement Forum 2005 Extracts - National Environmental Management Act (1998) Schedule 3: Activities that require Initial Assessment
The activities listed in this schedule may not be undertaken prior to the issuing of an environmental authorisation by the competent authority. …
4.The mining, quarrying, prospecting, extraction or production, including associated structures and the extension of existing operations, of -
(a) industrial minerals;...
16. Road Pavement Forum 2005 Extracts - National Water Act (1998) 19 Prevention and remedying effects of pollution
(1) An owner of land, a person in control of land or a person who occupies or uses the land on which -
(a) any activity or process is or was performed or undertaken; or
(b) any other situation exists, which causes, has caused or is likely to cause pollution of a water resource, must take all reasonable measures to prevent any such pollution from occurring, continuing or recurring.
17. Road Pavement Forum 2005 Extracts - National Water Act (1998) (5) Subject to subsection (6), a catchment management agency may recover all costs incurred as a result of it acting…. jointly and severally from the following persons:
(a) any person who is or was responsible for, or who directly or indirectly contributed to, the pollution or the potential pollution;
(d) any person who negligently failed to prevent -
(i) the activity or the process being performed or undertaken; or
(ii) the situation from coming about.
(6) The catchment management agency may ... recovery costs ... from any other person who, in the opinion of the catchment management agency, benefited from the measures undertaken under subsection (4), to the extent of such benefit.
18. Road Pavement Forum 2005 Extracts - Mineral & Petroleum Development Act (2002) 1. Definitions
In this Act, unless the context indicates otherwise -
"mine", when used as a verb, means any operation or activity for the purposes of winning any mineral on, in or under the earth, water or any residue deposit, whether by underground or open working or otherwise and includes any operation or activity incidental thereto;
"mineral" …. includes sand, stone, rock, gravel, clay, soil and any mineral occurring in residue stockpiles or in residue deposits,…
"processing", in relation to any mineral, means the winning, extracting, …., crushing, screening, washing, reduction;…
19. Road Pavement Forum 2005 Extracts - Mineral & Petroleum Development Act (2002) 4. Interpretation of Act
(4) No person may prospect for or remove, mine, conduct technical co-operation operations, reconnaissance operations, explore for and produce any mineral ... or commence with any work incidental thereto on any area without -
(a) an approved environmental management programme or approved environmental management plan, as the case may be;
(b) a reconnaissance permission, prospecting right, permission to remove, mining right, mining permit, retention permit, technical co-operation permit, reconnaissance permit, exploration right or production right, as the case may be; ...
20. Road Pavement Forum 2005 Extracts - Mineral & Petroleum Development Act (2002) 22. Application for mining right
(1) Any person who wishes to apply to the Minister for a mining right must lodge the application -…….
39. Environmental management programme and environmental management plan
(1) Every person who has applied for a mining right in terms of section 22 must conduct an environmental impact assessment and submit an environmental management programme within 180 days of the date on which he or she is notified by the Regional Manager to do so.
40. Consultation with State departments
41. Financial provision for remediation of environmental damage
21. Road Pavement Forum 2005 Extracts - Mineral & Petroleum Development Act (2002) 43. Issuing of a closure certificate
44. Removal of buildings, structures and other objects
45. Minister's power to recover costs in event of urgent remedial measures
(1) If any prospecting mining reconnaissance or production operations cause or results in ecological degradation, pollution or environmental damage which may be harmful to the health or well being of anyone and requires urgent remedial measures the….
46. Minister's power to remedy environmental damage in certain instances
22. Road Pavement Forum 2005 Extracts - Mineral & Petroleum Development Act (2002) 98. Offences
Any person is guilty of an offence if he or she - (a) contravenes or fails to comply with -
(vi) any directive, notice, suspension, order, instruction or condition issued, given or determined in terms of this Act;
(viii) any other provision of this Act;
23. Road Pavement Forum 2005 Extracts - Mineral & Petroleum Development Act (2002) 99. Penalties
Fines range from R10 000 to R500 000 and imprisonment for various contravention's, with -
(g) in the case of any conviction of an offence in terms of this Act for which no penalty is expressly determined, to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both a fine and such imprisonment; and
101. Appointment of contractor
If the holder of a right or permission appoints any person or employs a contractor to perform any work within the boundaries of the reconnaissance, mining, prospecting, exploration, production or retention area, as the case may be, such holder remains responsible for compliance with this Act.
24. Road Pavement Forum 2005 Summary of legal requirement Constitution of the Republic of South Africa
Supreme legislation, S24 - the right to a “clean & healthy environment
Environment Conservation Act
Identified Activities - Mining, Authorisations, EIA or Initial Assessments
National Environmental Management Act
S28 - “Duty of Care”, Responsibility & cost recovery
National Water Act
S19 - Prevention of Pollution of water resource
Mineral & Petroleum Resources Development Act
S4 No prospecting an approved EMP, S22 - Apply for mining “permission”, S39 - Must have approved EMP for mining, S41 - Financial Provisions, S45 & S46 Damage and recovery of costs!
25. Road Pavement Forum 2005 Other Considerations Quality - Fresh vs. weathered, ACV, 10% Fact, PV…
Product range - Limited product range
Capacity - Plant production rates, Delivery
Full community cost - Not leaving a liability for the community
Environmental protection - EMP’s, Rehabilitation funds, Closure plans
Contribution to community - Community development and Social responsibility
Stable workforce - Long term employment, Pensions, Medical Aid, training
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38. Road Pavement Forum 2005 Contractor Responsibility Responsibility towards stakeholders - Shareholders, Communities, Suppliers and Authorities.
Legal Compliance - Environmental and Health, Safety and Labour.
Socio-economic obligations - Community investment not “whip-in, whip-out, mine it and vie!”
Environmental responsibility - not detrimental to human health and wellbeing
Environmental ethic - ensure supplier of aggregate has necessary permits and licenses e.g.mining, water etc.
Economics - durable, quality road and product at economic cost
39. Road Pavement Forum 2005 Authority Responsibility Ensure protection of Constitutional Right (S24)
Ensure level playing field;
Enforce legal requirement;
Ensure optimal resource utilisation;
Ensure environmental compliance;
Prosecute illegal operators and ensure full remediation of disturbed areas.
40. Road Pavement Forum 2005 Conclusions Contractors have a legal and moral responsibility to uphold the law of the country;
Failure to check the ‘credentials’ of the supplier could result in a claim against the contractors company in terms of NEMA, the NWA and MPRDA;
Claims can be substantial and could account for all the profit made on the venture;
In interests of environment existing quarries/ excavations should be used so as to prevent proliferation of excavations and encourage optimal resource recovery.
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