SOUTH AFRICAN ENVIRONMENT DEPT HOLDING CONSULTATIONS ON NEW CLIMATE CHANGE BILL

JOHANNESBURG, The Environmental Affairs Department has confirmed that it will be holding public consultations on the new national climate change bill under which big companies will be punished for excessive carbon emissions.

South Africans have until the end of August to comment on the draft Climate Change Bill which seeks to ensure that South Africa cuts down on greenhouse gas emissions. Under the draft Bill, provincial authorities will also be obliged to put in place implementation plans.

South Africa remains among the biggest per capita polluters in the world. In dealing with climate change, there have been devastating effects seen in the country, including heat-waves and drought which have ravaged several provinces.

The department has already held consultative hearings with key role players, including mining companies, in North West Province. Its Deputy Director-General, Tlou Ramaru, said Wednesday: We have been experiencing heatwaves in the previous year and the North West was hit by drought.

Water is one of the critical issues for the North West, so if we are coming together collectively as stakeholders both from business, Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and Government to address this issue of climate change in a more co-ordinated and integrated way, I think we will make great strides in addressing the impact of climate change.”

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK