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National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, 2003

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To provide for the protection and conservation of ecologically viable areas  representative of South Africa’s biological diversity and its natural landscapes and  seascapes; for the establishment of a national register of all national, provincial and  local protected areas; for the management of those areas in accordance with  national norms and standards; for intergovernmental co-operation and public  consultation in matters concerning protected areas; for the continued existence, governance and functions of South African National Parks; and for matters in connection therewith.


Last update: January 2019

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The National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, 2003 (Act No. 57 of 2003) has been updated by Proclamations, Declaration of Land to be Part of Table Mountain National Park as per Proclamation No. 3 of GG42185 dated 25 January 2019.