26 November 2018
 
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City to Host Launch of Professional Registration Body for Environmental Assessment Practitioners in South Africa
 
EThekwini Municipality, in partnership with the Board of the Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa (EAPASA) is pleased to announce the launch of Online Registration for Environmental Assessment Practitioners (EAPs) in South Africa.
 
The launch is a historic moment that marks the formalisation of a vigorous and growing environmental assessment profession. Since the emergence of environmental assessment (EA) as a distinct discipline in the 1970s, South Africans have earned praise internationally for making significant contributions to EA theory and practice. South Africa is about to embark on an initiative that is - on the available evidence - the first legally-based compulsory EAP Register in the world.
 
“The Municipality has over the years, been utilising EAP’s for environmental consultancy services associated with service delivery projects.
 
We see the regulation of the EAP sector as a great step towards transformation of the sector and holding professionals in this space accountable ethically and professionally, said Musa Mbhele, Head of the Development Planning, Environment and Management Unit.
 
“The municipal area also boasts unique environmental assets whose protection benefits a great deal from environmental legislation of the country. An ethical and professional EAP sector is crucial to the preservation of the environment and wellbeing of citizens. We therefore welcome this launch and call upon municipal officials and citizens at large to attend.”
 
He explained, “EAPASA was appointed on 8 February 2018 by the late Minister of Environmental Affairs, the Honourable Dr Edna Molewa.
 
The imminent and enduring registration of EAPs will be one of her many legacies. The Municipality is sincerely grateful to the Department of Environmental Affairs for this milestone.”
 
Date: Tuesday 27 November 2018
Venue: iNkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre
Time: 08:30 to 13:00
Cost: Free entrance for all (booking is essential)
 
Further enquiries about the launch may be directed to Mr Sabelo B Nkosi on email:sabelo.nkosi@durban.gov.za, telephone 031 312 4301 or Ms Shoni Makhwedzha, email: shoni.makhwedzha@durban.gov.za, telephone 031 311 7919
 
Detailed information regarding the Association can be accessed at www.eapasa.org and by email sent to registrar@eapasa.org
 
ENDS
 
Issued by EThekwini Municipality, Communications Unit. Spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela. For media enquiries contact 031 311 4820/18.
 
 
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