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Governments on the Web.  This site links to governmental departments, NGOs, and general information sites for South Africa.

South Africa Government Online.

South Africa Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.

Adminet: South Africa.  This site provides links to South African goverment, parliment, and political organizations.


The National Water Act.  (1998)  This site provides 1998 South African legislation (including The National Water Act) in PDF format. Amendments to the Act (1999) are included in the National Water Act Amendment Bill.

South African Legislation.  Contains laws (mainly on land claims judgements) and law links. This is a valuable site to access environmental acts, bills, white papers and green papers from 1993 - 1998.  Also included are major acts and statutes, as of early 1999.

Mine Health and Safety Act of 1996.

National Environmental Management Act.  NEMA [No 107 of 1998]

Land Claims Court of South Africa.  This site provides summaries of recent cases arising from the Land Claims Court. 

FAOLEX Database.  Through FAO's Legal Office FAOLEX database searches can be done to sort and retrieve environmental and legal documents by country. Among the South African records listed are: Environmental Laws Rationalisation Act (Act No. 51 of 1997), Environment Conservation Act Extension Act (Act No. 100 of 1996), and Environment Conservation Act (Act No. 73 or 1989).


Bills of the South African Parliament.  This indexed listing of published and draft bills is part of a larger, comprehensive website of South African government information. Included are bills on land use, agriculture, reconstruction, and forests.

South African Water Issues.  This page includes documents on the South African Water Sector Reform as well as links to other sites addressing water concerns in South Africa. 

National Environmental Management Bill.  The National Environmental Management Bill (September 1998, B 101 B - 98) is one of many policy documents and publications indexed by year on the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism website. The World Heritage Convention Draft Bill (Gazette 20164, Notice 1130 of 1999) and the Draft Environmental Management Bill (1997) are also included, along with several other notable environmental bills.

Policy and Analysis

South African Wetlands Conservation Programme.  This page explains the program's aim of preservation and management of the area's wetlands.  It also contains policy documents and legislation concerning marine life, water, wetlands and environmental management. 

Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.  This page contains white papers and discussion documents from as far back as 1996, on issues ranging from waste management to conservation and sustainability to climate change and environmental policy.

1. Discussion Document on Climate Change (August 1998)
2. Draft White Paper on Integrated Pollution and Waste Management for South Africa (August 1998)
3. White Paper on Environmental Management Policy (July 1997)
4. White Paper on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of South Africa's Biological Diversity (May 1997)
5. White Paper on Tourism (May 1996)
6. DESAI Commission Report (Commission of Inquiry into the Sulphur Fire at Somerset West)

Empowerment for African Sustainable Development (EASD).  This site contains a section on South African Environment Policies and Documents

1. White Paper on Environmental Management Policy for South Africa
2. Coastal Policy Green Paper
3. White Paper on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of South Africa's Biological Diversity
4. White Paper on Water Policy, South Africa
5. Draft White Paper on Integrated Pollution and Waste Management for South Africa
6. Sustainable Forest Development White Paper
7. White Paper - The Development and Promotion of Tourism in South Africa

South African Government Information Green Papers.  This site provides discussion documents on many topics, including energy and forests.

1. South African Energy Policy Discussion Document (July 1995)
2. Forest Policy Discussion Paper (July 1995)

Non-Governmental Organizations

African Wildlife Foundation.  AWF describes their projects in South Africa and other countries.

Southern Africa Environment Project.  The South Africa link in SAEP's Table of contents provides links to government pages, NGOs, and environmental projects.

Endangered Wildlife Trust.  EWT works to conserve endangered species in Africa. 

Save the Vaal Environment.  This website is dedicated to the protection of a valuable wetland next to the Vaal River in South Africa.

Institute for Water Research.  The objectives of the IWR are to contribute to the knowledge of and promote the understanding and wise use of natural water resources in southern Africa.

Kruger National Park Rivers Research Programme.  The Kruger National Park Rivers Research Programme is a cooperative undertaking by resource-use managers, funding agencies and researchers.

South African White Shark Research Institute.  The White Shark Research Institute is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the research of the world's greatest predator, and the preservation of its environment.


Governments on the Web.  This site links to governmental departments, NGOs, and general information sites for South Africa.

WildNet Africa Wildlife News Reports.  This site provides short summaries of news items related to wildlife and Africa.

FRAME.  FRAME facilitates the use and exchange of web-based information for environment and natural resource management professionals in Africa. This website provides analytical tools and information, mechanisms to share lessons and experiences, as well as opportunities for linkages to enhance collaboration among partners.

Tracker.  Tracker is a database which allows users to enter their own experiences from local resource management in Africa or learn from the experiences of others. It aims to facilitate the gathering and sharing of natural resource management information, as well as encourage work with local communities.

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