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DEAT’s Section 20 Permitting in terms of the ECA: Permitting Procedure and Progress reporting to the Institute of Waste Management. OBJECTIVE.

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Deat s section 20 permitting in terms of the eca

DEAT’s Section 20 Permitting in terms of the ECA:

Permitting Procedure and Progress reporting to the Institute of Waste Management



  • To give the Institute of Waste Management “IWM” progress on permitting in terms of s.20 of the ECA as amended since the transfer of the function from DWAF to DEAT on the 3rd of January 2006

  • To outline the current permitting process.

  • To discuss the best way forward



  • ECA amendment and the transfer of landfill permitting function under s.20 of ECA from DWAF to DEAT on 3 Jan 2006

  • Outline of Draft MoA between DWAF to DEAT (See slide 6)

  • DEAT’s capacity for the landfill permitting function under s.20 of ECA

    - DEAT established a new sub-directorate for landfill permitting in 2005

    • Additional capacity created in 2006 with establishment of new directorate dedicated to waste authorisations and disposal management



  • Permitting in the DEAT’s Structure organigram

  • Directorates within DEAT giving input to the permitting Process:

    • Waste Stream Management

    • Legal Services

    • Compliance and Monitoring

    • Air Quality Mngt

    • Environmental Impact Mngt Systems & Tools

Permitting procedure


The Applicant:

1. Fills in Application Form S.20 App. Form

2. Sends 3 sets of App. form and supporting docs (EIS, EMP, Maps, studies pertaining to activity, etc ) to Director: Authorisation & Waste Disposal

3. Uses checklist to ensure completeness of documentation

Permitting procedure1



  • Checks for completeness of application documentation within 14 days

  • Acknowledges receipt for all applications within 14 days

  • If Application is incomplete the acknowledgement letter notifies the applicant about missing information

  • If Complete, 2 sets are sent to DWAF

    outline of the Draft MoA B/t DEAT & DWAF

Permitting procedure2



  • Sends App to relevant province

  • 2-6 months later Draft ROD from Province received

  • Final RoD compiled by DWAF Pretoria

  • DWAF ROD sent to DEAT - DWAF informs DEAT if Draft Permit must come back for review


  • DEAT compiles Draft Permit - 8 Review & 1 Approval steps - whole process takes 6 weeks

S 20 permits issued dwaf


S 20 permits issued dwaf1


DEAT in talks with DWAF to take the function

S 20 permits issued


Function transferred to DEAT

Deat permitting status quo

DEAT Permitting - Status Quo

Towards a more speedy permitting process

Towards a more Speedy Permitting Process:

  • Provinces already assigned functions relating to waste disposal management under s.24 of ECA

  • Waste disposal permitting function will be assigned to Provinces (this is consistent with the EIA process already being undertaken by Provinces)

  • DEAT will retain permitting of hazardous waste sites in line with EIA Regulations

  • DEAT will provide support to Provinces for the development of provincial capacity for landfill permitting function

Estimated cost for the development of prov capacity for wds permitting function

Estimated Cost for the Development of Prov. Capacity for WDS Permitting Function

Thank you

Thank you

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