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It is a fact of life itself that we derive provisioning, recreational and regulatory services from the ecosystem.
"Taking steps to reverse this gratuitous destruction, the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) enacted the National Environmental Management Act (Nema), as amended.
"Among other issues, the Act called for rectification of some of the permits issued for the development of some socio-economic infrastructure.
"Despite the tight time-frames and the complex nature associated with the process, the relevant departmental unit managed to process well over 1400 rectification applications within the stipulated time-frame.
"Additionally, and further contributing to the provincial strategic objective of stimulating faster economic growth, more than 1600 Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) applications were processed during the year.
"Further contributing to the objective of developing healthy and sustainable communities, our sustainable use of the environment branch produced a waste collection standard and waste cleansing standards.
"We also produced abattoir waste and sewer treatment plant manuals.
"Related to this broad strategic goal is the work that we do in the agricultural sector to fight poverty. In addition to providing hands-on assistance to 106 food production units, which include poultry and vegetable projects, we helped bring to life 35 new community food projects during the year under review.
"In addition, 9308 household food gardens were also established and the beneficiaries were provided with, among others, the requisite gardening tools, seeds and training by officials of the department.
"Members of the house are probably aware that the department is the first South African and continental recipient of the International Standard Organisations (ISO) 17020 certification.
"Essentially, the award recognises the world-class standards of the inspection work we do in certification.