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


Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, 2014

Chapter 5 : Amendment, Suspension, Withdrawal and Auditing of Compliance with Environmental Authorisation and Environmental Management Programme

27. General


(1) The competent authority that issued an environmental authorisation has jurisdiction in all matters pertaining to the amendment of that environmental authorisation as long as the environmental authorisation is still valid, provided that the competent authority that issued such environmental authorisation still has jurisdiction in terms of the Act.


(2) Where the competent authority decides to amend an environmental authorisation, the competent authority must—
(a) issue an amendment to the environmental authorisation either by way of a new environmental authorisation or new environmental authorisations or an addendum to the relevant environmental authorisation; or
(b) replace an existing valid environmental authorisation with an environmental authorisation contemplated in this regulation, indicating the extent of replacement in the environmental authorisation, if the existing environmental authorisation is directly related to the amendment required.


(3) Where an environmental authorisation granted in terms of these Regulations does not include operational aspects and the activity has been commenced with, the period for which such environmental authorisation is granted may only be extended for a maximum further period of 5 years.

[Regulation 27(3) substituted by Notice No. 326 of 2017]


(4) An environmental authorisation may be amended or replaced without following a procedural requirement contained in these Regulations if the purpose is to correct an error and the correction does not change the rights and duties of any person materially.