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					EIA FOLLOW-UP FOR FILLING STATIONS IN THE NORTH-WEST PROVINCE OF
SOUTH AFRICA

Sandham, Luke and Retief, Francois
School of Environmental Science and Development
North–West University
Potchefstroom 2520
Tel: 018-299-1585
Email: luke.sandham@nwu.ac.za


ABSTRACT

Post–decision follow–up was never regulated in the first era of mandatory EIA that commenced
in 1998 in South Africa. As EIA practice became more established, follow–up requirements were
included as conditions of approval. These were increasingly implemented with the advent of the
Environmental Management Inspectorate and then were mandated in the NEMA regulations.

Within the context of the current legal and media attention directed at EIA authorisations for
filling stations, this paper reports on an investigation into the level of conformance to the
conditions of approval in environmental authorisations for filling station developments.
A sample of 12 fillings stations in the North West province was investigated by means of site
visits and questionnaires. The principal finding is that the level of conformance is lower than
anticipated, with only 61% of conditions satisfactorily conformed to, of which over two–thirds
could be regarded as only just satisfactory.

The results serve as a baseline against which post–decision conformance can be assessed under
the new EIA regulations promulgated in 2006, as part of the answer to the larger question of
whether EIA is making a difference in South Africa.

				
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