In South Africa, as stipulated in the National Environmental Management Act (Act No. 107 of 1998) (NEMA), project activities listed under the regulations would require environmental authorisation by the determined competent authority, and would require the completion of either a full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) or a Basic Assessment (BA) process, dependant on the scale and duration of the activities. This would usually include the compilation and approval of an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) which would be the framework to ensure minimising negative and enhancing positive environmental and social impacts which the project is likely to cause, identified in the EIA.
As far as mineral exploration and mining projects are concerned, these are governed by the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act (Act No. 28 of 2002) (MPRDA) by means of the Prospecting Right Application (PRA) and Mining Right Application (MRA) process, also including EMP’s at both stages. Kongiwe staff have vast experience in these application processes and the environmental requirements associated with them, enabling us to supply our clients with a comprehensive authorisation solution. In addition, we also cover licences for the extraction of borrow material, also governed by the MPRDA.
Internationally we are able to adjust our project processes to accommodate other country’s legislative processes, as well as run a process compliant with the overarching International Finance Corporation (IFC) principles, if the project intends sourcing international funding.
We largely focus on mega projects, but no project is too big or small.