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Section 24 of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, Act 108 of 1996 ensures 'everyone the right to an environment that is not harmful to his or her health or wellbeing, and the right to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislation and other measures that:

  1. Prevent pollution and ecological degradation;
  2. Promote conservation; and
  3. Secure ecological sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development

The Environmental Management Act (Act 107 of 1998) was promulgated in order to ensure that this right is realized by everyone who lives in the Republic of South Africa . However this legislation was criticized for lacking in monitoring and enforcement powers. Hence its amendment in 2006 and thus the inclusion of chapter 7: Compliance, Enforcement and Protection, upon which the Environmental Management Inspectorate is established.

History of EMI's
The legislations enforced by EMI's
Roles and Responsibilities of Gauteng EMI's

Gauteng Department of
Agriculture and Rural Development

MEC Mr Lebogang Maile


Head of Department

Ms Thandeka Rosemary


Deputy Director General

Ms Priscilla Pietersen