Posted on: March 20, 2012 Posted by: Diane Swarts Comments: 0

New SA legislation includes training levels, mobile broadband radio frequency licenses, tyre recycling approvals, and endangered vegetation.

Corrosives handling standard draft

SANS 10263-8: 2012 for Rehousing of dangerous goods, Part 8: Storage and handling of corrosive substances, is out for public comment before 2 April 2012. Comment to dsscomments@sabs.co.za or via CAIA for a consolidated response from the chemicals sector.

Dangerous Goods classification standard draft

Sans 10228: 2012 for Identification and Classification Of  Dangerous Goods For Transport, is out for public comment on dsscomments@sabs.co.za or via CAIA who is drafting a response on behalf of the chemicals sector.

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Mobile broadband frequency licences

A draft invitation to apply for Radio Frequency Spectrum Licences to provide mobile broadband wireless access service in urban and rural areas, using Complimentary Bands at 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz, are published under authority of the Electronic Communications Act, 36 of 2005.

See General Notice 912 in Government Gazette 34872 of 15 December 2011, and errata under General Notice 34961 of 23 January 2012, page 3.

A radiation health battle is brewing between mobile connectivity suppliers and public health activists, likely to force the state to rethink some policy directions and aspects of active state roles in telecommunications.

See a report on the current testing phase of new high powered internet and cell towers in Johannesburg, and public health allegations, on SHEQafrica.com, under ‘4G wi-fi masts health effects tussle’.

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Tyre recycling approval withdrawn

Withdrawal of approval of an Integrated Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan (IIWMP) for the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (REDISA), earlier published as GN 983 in GG 34796 of 28 November 2011, is now published as GN 58 in GG 34974 of 26 January 2012, p3.

The about-face is an acid test for the National Environmental Management (NEM) Waste Act, 50 of 2008, recently promulgated, with Waste Regulations being developed.

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New training levels defined

Under the National Qualification Framework Act, 67 of 2008, the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) published new Level Descriptors for development, generation and evaluation of qualifications for registration on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

The new Level Descriptors are effective from December 2011. See Government Gazette of 11 November 2011, under GN 34749.

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Responsible Care audit compulsory

Responsible Care signatories must complete RC external verification audits by competent third parties by 2013.

CAIA approved a Responsible Care committee recommendation that non-compliant signatories are given a year to get RC third party verification during 2012, or lose membership after a three months notice, within the year of grace. CAIA and RC membership from 2012 will require external auditing.

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Public event safety Appeal Board formed

Application to serve in the Appeal Board in accordance with section 26 (1) to (6) of the Safety at Sports and Recreational Events Act, 2 of 2010, is published as GN 51 in GG 34963 of 27 January 2012, p65. The Act became effective about two years ago.

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Clearing vegetation may be a Listed Activity

The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, in terms of section 52(1)(a) of the National
Environmental Management (NEM) Biodiversity Act, 10 of 2004, published a list of ecosystems that are threatened and in need of protection.

See Government Gazette 34809, under General Notice 1002 of 9 December 2011. Geographical areas are noted with a requirement to obtain an environmental authorisation in terms of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations (EIA Regs, published under GN R543 of 18 June 2010, as amended, promulgated under the National Environmental Management Act, 107 of 1998).

Listed activity 12, under Listing Notice 3 (GN R546 of 18 June 2010, as amended), declares a Listed Activity where “clearance of an area of 300 square metres or more of vegetation, where 75% or more of vegetative cover constitutes indigenous vegetation”, if undertaken in a critically endangered or endangered ecosystem listed in terms of section 52 of NEM Biodiversity Act, requiring environmental authorisation.

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Ocean dredging disposal screened

Under the Integrated Coastal Management Act, 24 of 2008, the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs proposes a draft National Action List for Screening of Dredged Material for Marine Disposal.

General Notice 867 of 2011 in Government Gazette 34811 of 9 December 2011 sets out a draft National Action List, including Action List definition, a National Action List, scope of Application, and decision-making criteria for operators and enforcement. The comment period ended on 1 February 2012.

PHOTO; Higher powered cell and wi-fi transmitter masts are being tested in Johannesburg. See a report on the current testing phase of new high powered internet and cell towers in Johannesburg, and public health allegations, on SHEQafrica.com, under ‘4G wi-fi masts health effects tussle’.

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