Comment on the draft Estuarine Management Plans

29 draft Estuarine Management Plans (EMPs) available for public comment. The closing date for comments is 04 March 2022.

Section 5(1) of the National Estuarine Management Protocol, 2021 (the NEMP), provides that, where an estuary falls within the boundary of a municipality, the provincial environmental department must develop an EMP in consultation with affected municipalities and the relevant national government departments. DEA&DP has ensured that the draft EMPs and the process by which they are developed are consistent with the NEMP as well as with the national coastal management programme, provincial coastal management programme and applicable municipal coastal management programmes, as required by section 34(1)(b)(i) and (ii) of the Act.

After representations and objections from the public have been considered, the draft EMPs will be finalised and submitted to the Provincial Minister responsible for environmental affairs for approval, in compliance with section 9.1(1)(a) of the NEMP. In terms of section 10 of the NEMP, all approved EMPs will be subject to review at least every five years.

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The draft EMPs may be viewed at https://www.westerncape.gov.za/eadp/about-us/meetchief-directorates/environmental-sustainability/biodiversity-and-coastal-management.

Alternatively, details may be obtained electronically on request by email to
DEADP.EMPComments@westerncape.gov.za. Queries can be made on weekdays between
09:00 and 12:00 to Ms Caren George at tel: 021 483 2724 or 3092.

Written representations and objections on the draft EMPs may be submitted before or on
4 March 2022 by—

  • (a) posting the representations or objections to:
    Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning
    Attention: Ms Caren George
    Directorate: Biodiversity and Coastal Management
    Private Bag X9086
    Cape Town 8000;
  • emailing the representations or objections to:
    DEADP.EMPComments@westerncape.gov.za; or
  • (c) delivering the representations or objections to:
    Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning
    Attention: Ms Nyanisa Tshaya
    4th Floor, Leeusig Building
    1 Dorp Street
    Cape Town 8001.