The Gauteng Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development led by Hon Lindiwe Lasindwa request for submissions /comments on the Norms and Standards for Trophy Hunting of Leopards in South Africa in terms of section 9(1)(a) of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act 10of 2004 (NEMBA).
Section 9(1)(a) of the NEMBA empowers the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment to issue, by notice in the Gazette, norms and standards “for the achievement of any of the objectives of this Act, including for the management and conservation of South Africa’s biological diversity and its components; restriction of activities which impact on biodiversity and its components”. Such norms and standards include those for Trophy Hunting of Leopards in South Africa.
Prior to publishing such notice, the Minister must follow a consultative process in accordance with section 99 and 100 of the NEMBA.
Such consultative process entails consulting all Cabinet members whose areas of responsibility may be affected by the exercise of the power; in accordance with the principles of co-operative governance set out in Chapter 3 of the Constitution, consult the MEC for Environmental Affairs of each province that may be affected by the exercise of the power; and allow public participation in the process in accordance with section 100.
The public participation process envisaged in section 100 consists of giving notice of the proposed norms and standards in the Gazette and in at least one newspaper distributed nationally, or if the norms and standards may affect only a specific area, in at least one newspaper distributed in that area.
The notice must invite the public to make representations and objections and the Minister is required to give due consideration to such objections and representations.
NEMBA enables the Minister to prohibit activities that may impact on the survival of species in the wild and to regulate activities to ensure sustainable use of indigenous biological resources.
The Minister is generally the permit-issuing authority for TOPS permits for national organs of state, provincial conservation authorities and marine species.
Mr Thabo Skosana - firstname.lastname@example.org — 082 967 7478 or
Ms Lebogang Mampe - email@example.com on 071 483 0221
Should you require further information regarding the Regulation, kindly contact the Legal Advisor Ms Winnie Ngubane,WNgubane@gpl.gov.za on 082 040 0452.