Environmental pace hots up

Johannesburg first with environmental “green scorpions”…….

green scorpionThe City of Johannesburg has trained nine environmental management inspectors (EMIs), known as ‘green scorpions’, to ensure compliance with the city’s environmental bylaws.

Launching its Environmental Management Inspectorate made up of such persons, it was explained that this was part of the implementation of a memorandum of agreement between the city and the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, in accordance with the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA).

Parliament passing more new laws

As far as NEMA is concerned, the portfolio committee on water and environmental affairs under Adv, “Johnnie” de Lange and the select committees in the NCOP are finalising a raft of new environmental laws to be followed by new regulations in the form of  the Marine Living Resources Amendment Bill, the: National Environmental Management Air Quality Amendment Bill, the National  Environmental Management Integrated Coastal Management Bill and the National Environmental Management Amnendment Waste Bill.

green scorpion logoIn Gauteng, the Green Scorpions will have distinctive uniforms and would, would carry official identity cards to identify themselves on official business. MMC for environment, infrastructure and services, Matshidiso Mfikoe, said that this “would ensure that Johannesburg had “none of the no-go areas created through dumping or the harbouring of dangerous substances and animals.”

She added that the safety of the people of Johannesburg could only be guaranteed when the policies of government were implemented. “This is just the beginning”, she said. “As the inspectors are taking on their responsibilities in the field, the city plans to train more to strengthen the inspectorate to give it more teeth, while creating a safe and healthy environment for ourselves and future generations”.
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