Environmental Management Inspectorate (EMI)

About Environmental Management Inspectorate (EMI)

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), provincial environmental departments and other provincial and municipal organs of the state employ Environmental Management Inspectorates, a network of environmental enforcement officials from various national, provincial and municipal government departments created by National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) of 2008.

The EMIs are not empowered to prosecute cases in court. All cases continue to be handed over to the National Prosecuting Authority(NPA) for prosecution. The EMIs therefore work closely with prosecutors country wide to ensure the successful prosecution of offenders.

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EMI logo

Becoming an EMI 

In terms of NEMA's Section 31B and C the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs and MECs are empowered to designate EMIs (and they have the discretion to decide which officials to designate).

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EMI Basic Training

Successful completion of the EMI Basic Training is the current requirement for designation as Grades 1-4 EMIs.  The current curriculum for the EMI Basic Training includes a set of modules and units

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EMI clothing and branding

EMI branding and clothing

EMIs are recognised by the unique and distinctive blue, green and brown logo. This logo appears on most of the uniform items that are worn by EMIs and is designed to identify them as government officials authorised to carry out their compliance and enforcement duties.

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  Environmental crimes hotline

Environmental crimes hotline

The toll-free hotline is operated by Department of Environmental Affairs; it provides a platform for members of the public to voice their concerns about environmental transgressions, and it also extends the capability of environmental authorities to detect and tackle non-compliances.

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National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report (NECER) 2020/21

The 2020/21 financial year marks the 14th year in which DFFE has collaborated with its provincial and local counterparts and statutory bodies to develop the National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report (NECER); a joint publication that aims to provide an overview of environmental compliance and enforcement activities undertaken by the various environmental authorities over the period of a financial year. The NECER is divided into 14 chapters. It commences with a summary of the key findings of the report, followed by a section outlining the capacity and profile of the Environmental Management Inspectorate. An overall perspective of the national compliance and enforcement statistics is followed by a more detailed breakdown per institution/province. The subsequent legal chapters include recent court cases related to the environment; as well as the legislative developments that came into effect in the past financial year.

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National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report (NECER) 2019/20

The 2019/20 financial year marks the 14th year in which DEFF has collaborated with its provincial and local counterparts and statutory bodies to develop the National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report (NECER); a joint publication that aims to provide an overview of environmental compliance and enforcement activities undertaken by the various environmental authorities over the period of a financial year. The NECER is aimed at a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including a range of private, public and community-based institutions. In this respect, the report seeks to fulfil some of the information requirements of regulators, the regulated, the general public and other interested organisations.

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National Environmental Compliance & Enforcement Report (NECER) 2018/19

The 2018/19 NECER is divided into 14 chapters. It commences with a summary of the key findings of the report, followed by a section outlining the capacity and profile of the Environmental Management Inspectorate. An overall is followed by a more detailed breakdown per institution/province. The subsequent legal chapters include recent court cases related to the environment; as well as the legislative developments that came into effect in the financial year.

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National Environmental Compliance & Enforcement Report (NECER) 2017/18

The NECER is aimed at a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including a range of private, public and community-based institutions. In this respect, the report seeks to fulfil some of the information requirements of regulators, the regulated, the general public and other interested organisations.

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National Environemntal Compliance and Enforcment Report (NECER) 2016/ 17

The 2016/17 financial year marks the 10th year in which DEA has collaborated with its provincial counterparts and statutory bodies to develop the National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report (NECER); a joint publication that aims to provide an overview of environmental compliance and enforcement activities undertaken by the various environmental authorities over the period of a financial year.

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National Environemntal Compliance and Enforcment Report (NECER) 2015/ 16

 

The 2015/16 financial year marks the 9th year in which DEA has collaborated with its provincial counterparts and statutory bodies to develop the National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report (NECER); a joint publication that aims to provide an overview of environmental compliance and enforcement activities undertaken by the various environmental authorities over the period of a financial year.

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National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report (NECER) 2015/16

 

 

National Environemntal Compliance and Enforcment Report (NECER) 2014/ 2015

The 2014/15 financial year marks the 8th year in which DEA has collaborated with its provincial counterparts and statutory bodies to develop the National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report (NECER); a joint publication that aims to provide an overview of environmental compliance and enforcement activities undertaken by the various environmental authorities over the period of a fi nancial year.

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National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report (NECER) 2014/15

 

 

National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report (NECER) 2013/ 2014

The 2013/14 financial year marks the 7th year in which the national Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has collaborated with its provincial counterparts and statutory bodies to develop the National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report (NECER); a joint publication that aims to provide an overview of environmental compliance and enforcement activities undertaken by the various environmental authorities over the period of a financial year... 

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National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report (NECER) 2012/ 2013

This report, which outlines the work and achievements of the environmental compliance and enforcement sector over the 2012/2013 period, is the sixth of its kind since the inception of the Environmental Management Inspectorate (EMI). As the EMI institutions become better at reporting the information each year, so the accuracy of the statistics in the report improve, providing us with a more comprehensive understanding of the important work being done by the environmental compliance and enforcement sector.  

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National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report (NECER) 2011/ 2012

This report marks the sixth of its kind since the inception of the Environmental Management Inspectorate. It outlines the work and achievements of the environmental compliance and enforcement sector over the 2011/2012 period. The landscape of environmental legislation in South Africa has shifted dramatically in the past decade, with a major legislative review producing one of the most comprehensive regulatory environmental frameworks in the world. 

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National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report (NECER) 2010/ 2011

The initiation of this report coincided with the creation of a common set of national compliance and enforcement powers through the establishment of the Environmental Management Inspectorate in 2005. However, it must be noted that the scope of this report extends beyond the work of the Inspectorate, and also includes other regulatory functions executed in terms of provincial legislation. 

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National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report (NECER) 2009 / 2010

NECER report's objective is to provide a national overview of environmental compliance and enforcement activities undertaken during the period 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010. This report reflects the work of all environmental compliance and enforcement officials operating at national and provincial levels; even though certain sections focus particularly on the Environmental Management Inspectorate.

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