Environmental Legislation

South Africa has a multitude of different environmental laws some of which are complicated, contradictory and difficult to interpret. Legislation is also often changed or updated and amendments are gazetted frequently. Consequently this site is not designed to be a reference point for those seeking definitive information but rather as a guideline to what actually applies in South Africa. Whilst Packaging SA endeavours to regularly update this site with the latest available legislation those requiring absolute clarity on any environmental issue are requested to seek the appropriate legal advice.

Below is a list of the most frequently sought after environmental and related legislation.

Constitution of the Republic of SA: Act 108 of 1996
Infrastructure Development Act: Act 23 of 2014
Municipal Systems: Act 32 of 2000
National Environmental Management: Air Quality Management Act 39 of 2004
National Environmental Management: Waste Act 59 of 2008
National Environmental Management: Waste Amendment Act 26 of 2014
National Energy Act: Act 34 of 2008
Patents Act: Act 57 of 1978
Trade Marks Act: Act 194 of 1993
Trade Metrology Act: Act 77 of 1973