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National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998)

Chapter 4 : Fair Decision-Making and Conflict Management

20. Investigation


The Minister may at any time appoint one or more persons to assist either him or her or, after consultation with a Municipal Council or MEC or another national Minister, to assist such a Municipal Council or MEC or another national Minister in the evaluation of a matter relating to the protection of the environment by obtaining such information, whether documentary or oral, as is relevant to such evaluation and to that end—

(a) the Minister may by notice in the Gazette give such person or persons the powers of a Commission of Inquiry under the Commissions Act, 1947 (Act No. 8 of 1947);
(b) the Minister may make rules by notice in the Gazette for the conduct of the inquiry: Provided that the decision of the inquiry and the reasons therefore must be reduced to writing;
(c) the Director-General must designate, subject to the provisions of the Public Service Act, 1994 (Proclamation No. 103 of 1994), as many officers and employees of the Department as may be necessary to assist such person and any work may be performed by a person other than such officer or employee at the remuneration and allowances which the Minister with the concurrence of the Minister of Finance may determine.