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Electricity044 501 3277
Water and Sanitation044 501 3121
Fire / Rescue044 533 5000
Refuse Removal044 501 3216
Ambulance (Private)072 054 9110
Law Enforcement044 501 3240
Ambulance 10177
Bitou Municipality (Customer Care)044 501 3174/5
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Published: 12 Dec 2019Title: Zoning Scheme By-Law for public commentStatus: NEWS >> Municipal Notice No: 398/2019 || Enquiries may be directed to Mr. Minne at 044 501 3319/ MMinne@plett.gov.za. Any person that requires assistance with lodging comments in this regard may visit the Division: Land Use Management during office hours, where a staff member will assist.
Published: 01 Nov 2019Title: FIRE PERMITS - Municipal Notice No: 360/2019Status: NEWS | No Fire Permits will be issued after 14 November 2019 due to festive season and operational areas within Fire and Rescue Services. Fire Permit applications and Inspections for controlled burns may resume mid-March 2020 or as weather conditions allow.
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Electricity 044 501 3277
Water and Sanitation 044 501 3121
Fire / Rescue 044 533 5000
Refuse Removal 044 501 3216
Ambulance (Private) 072 054 9110
Law Enforcement 044 501 3240
Ambulance 10177
Bitou Municipality (Customer Care) 044 501 3174/5

Environmental Management

Environmental Management

Sustainable development

As specified in the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) requires the consideration of all relevant factors being avoided and where they cannot be avoided be minimised and remedied.

The Environment is one of mankind’s greatest assets and requires careful consideration and protection for present and future generations.  Unrestrained development is damaging to the environment and the destruction of the environment is detrimental to development.  As such a fine balance is to be found to achieve sustainable development, i.e. development that manages the interaction between the need for environmental protection and the real need for progress and development with all its associated benefits.

Section 24 of the Constitution specifies that:

Everyone has the right –

  1. To an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and
  2. To have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that –
    • Prevent pollution and ecological degradation;
    • Promote conservation; and
    • Secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

Sustainable development, as specified in the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) requires the consideration of all relevant factors including that the following factors be avoided and where they cannot be avoided be minimised and remedied:

  • Disturbance of ecosystems and loss of biological diversity.
  • Pollution and degradation of the environment.
  • Disturbance of landscapes and sites that constitute the nations cultural heritage.
  • Waste.
  • Negative impacts on the environment and on people’s environmental rights be anticipated and prevented.

Additionally the use and exploitation of non-renewable natural resources is to be responsible and equitable, the use and exploitation of renewable resources and the ecosystems of which they form part are not to be jeopardised and that a risk-averse and cautious approach is applied in all environmental actions and decisions.

The Environmental Management component of the Land Use Management Division aims to provide due environmental consideration for development proposals through guidance from the relevant environmental legislation, including but not limited to:

  • National Environmental Management Act, 1998, Act 107 of  1998 (NEMA)
  • National Environmental Management:  Integrated Coastal Management Act, 2008, Act 24 of 2008 (NEM:ICMA)
  • Outeniqua Sensitive Coastal Area Extension Regulations, R1528, 1998 (OSCAER)
  • National Environmental Management:  Air Quality Act, 2004, Act 39 of 2004 (NEM:AQA)
  • National Environmental Management:  Protected Areas Act, 2003, Act 57 of 2003 (NEM:PA)
  • National Environmental Management:  Biodiversity Act, 2004, Act 10 of 2004 (NEM:BA)
  • National Environmental Management:  Waste Act, 2008, Act 59 of 2008 (NEM:WA)
  • National Heritage Resources Act, 1999, Act 25 of 1999 (NHRA)

Last updated: 01/11/2019

Disaster Risk Assessment 2019

PURPOSE OF THIS DOCUMENT:​

This report aims to help make disaster risk reduction and assessment a routine part of development planning and resource allocation in the Bitou Local Municipality. This means implementing targeted interventions and instilling a culture of applying disaster risk assessment as an analytical and decision-making tool at all government levels and across society. The Disaster Risk Assessment needs to be continuously reviewed and updated to provide a comprehensive picture of Bitou Local Municipality’s risk profile and to ensure a focused-driven multi-stakeholder approach.

DISCLAIMER:

This report was produced by LUTICENTO PTY. It was supported by the Western Cape Disaster Management Centre and this work has been undertaken in accordance with Western Cape Disaster Management’s standardized methodology for conducting Disaster Risk Assessments. Although all efforts are made to identify all relevant hazards in the Bitou Local Municipality during the assessment, the nature of risks are such that it is possible that features of hazards, vulnerability and capacity could be overlooked during the study.

This report contains the views of a wide range of stakeholders engaged as part of the risk assessment process. This is research work, and as such there is potential for uncertainties in what has been presented. While every effort has been made to ensure that the material in the report is accurate, the Contributors provide no warranty, guarantee or representation that the material is accurate, complete, up to date, non-infringing or fit for a particular purpose. The use of this material is at the risk of the user.

This report does not bind an organisation to any specific course of action or policy.

Last updated: 01/11/2019