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Annexure E: Proactive Disclosure



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Annexure E: Proactive Disclosure


Green represents where the information type is proactively disclosed in a particular form; red represents where such a form of proactive disclosure does not exist even if provided by non-governmental organisations; and yellow reflects circumstances where is there is partial proactive disclosure.

Means of Sharing Information

 

Information type

Gazette

Register

Website

Newspaper

Govt report

Other

Comments

Natural Resource Pro-Active Release Template (Oil, Minerals and Forests)




Govt agency staff, departments, objectives, functions



















 

Laws, regulations and bills



















Laws, regulations and bills are not found on the website, but links to the Gazette and other sites containing information are available.

Policies, strategic plans, action plans



















Links to white papers and policies are available on the website.

Reserves and stocks of the natural resource






















Production of the natural resource - raw and processed



















Other sites such as the CIA World Factbook have detailed information on production of resources.

Concession allocation process and decision criteria



















The process is available, but specific concessions are not.

Licenses (exploration and production licenses only)



















SAMRAD has information available per license

Concession agreements



















This link could be of interest: http://www.info.gov.za/view/DownloadFileAction?id=96456. The best way to find info on concessions is to go directly to relevant corporate sites. Most corporations dealing with natural resources have made their concessions public online. However, most are not South African owned.

Revenues from 2 major payment categories (e.g., income tax and royalties)



















This information is included in the SA budget which is available through multiple platforms and sources.

Map and coordinates of blocks and concessions areas



















 

EIAs and mitigation plans



















The Gazette has a white paper from 1997 on Environmental Management Policy as well as the National Environmental Management Act, 1998. There are reports in the Gazette or on the website.

Government monitoring/inspection results and penalties levied



















http://www.iowadnr.gov/portals/idnr/uploads/water/wastewater/wwmanual_full.pdf

Performance audits of government offices



















 

Financial audits of government offices



















The Gazette has budget reports but no direct information on specific audits. Govt reports have information on past audits.

Impacts on local communities (displaced, relocated, compensation)



















 

Environment Pro-Active Release Template

 

Govt agency staff, departments, objectives, functions






















Laws, regulations and bills



















There is legislation on the website, but the Gazette is more extensive.

Policies, strategic plans, action plans



















Full PDF of past and current annual reports, including strategic plans and action plans are easily accessible through the website.

EIAs and mitigation plans



















All interested and affected parties must be notified directly.

Monitoring results and penalties levied, inspection reports, PRTR



















 

SOER, annual reports, sector performance reports



















 

Performance audits of government offices



















The most current audit report found on their own site dated back to 2005. Full information can be found through the audit committee.

Financial audits of government offices



















 

International Agreements signed and ratified



















 

Names of accredited EIA consultants and selection criteria



















 

Environmental standards and procedures for establishing them



















Environmental standards are readily available through most sources, but finding the procedures for establishing these standards is challenging.

Citizen comments on EIAs and other matters



















 

Permits issued to companies (EIAs, pollution, sand mining permits, etc)



















There is not a specific section on the website that lists permits or who they are issued to, but a general search for permits within the website will give you links to some permits issued.

Revenues from 2 major payment categories (e.g., fines, permits)






















Water

 

Govt agency staff, departments, objectives, functions



















 

Laws, regulations and bills



















 

Policies that relate to decisions for use of ground and surface water, i.e. comparisons on water withdrawals for household, agricultural and industrial uses



















 

Proactive release of information on specific water bodies that serve as important water sources (lakes, rivers, aquifers, reservoirs, etc.)



















http://www.dwaf.gov.za/Hydrology/

Information on how water is provided to people in South Africa, such as number of persons with internal piped water, community wells, governemnt water trucks, etc.



















There are some useful sites for finding water sources, eg http://www.dwaf.gov.za/dir_ws/DWQR/;

Information on water allocation rights for different usage types, such as water use permits



















www.dwaf.gov.za/dir_ws/DWQR

Any existing policies or principles governing tariff determination for private water usage



















 

Information on water quality monitoring for household use both from resevoirs and wells (waste management)



















http://www.dwaf.gov.za/dir_ws/DWQR/

Information on water-born disease rates for specific areas



















 

Government monitoring/inspection results and penalties levied



















In terms of water licenses, they say you will be punished, but now how.

Performance audits of government offices



















 

Financial audits of government offices



















 

Impacts on local communities (displaced, relocated, compensation)



















 

Land

 


Govt agency staff, departments, objectives, functions



















 

Laws, regulations and bills



















There is a brief mention on some policies, but see also: http://unpan1.un.org/intradoc/groups/public/documents/cpsi/unpan028127.pdf

Policies, strategic plans, action plans



















Two strategies offered can be found from a link on their website: http://www.epicos.com/EPCompanyProfileWeb/GeneralInformation.aspx?id=17211

Cadastral maps and other information on land ownership and land holdings by individuals/institutions (including map of land held/claimed under customary tenure arrangements, access to official titles/deeds, etc.)



















 

Information on the expropriation of private land



















 

Available land subsidies



















Gives information on how to apply, but not a full list of those available.

Decision criteria and decisions regarding the allocation of land, especially public land to investors



















Brings you to sites already mentioned.

Public revenues from public and private land transactions



















 

Decision criteria and decisions regarding private land use restrictions (zoning, servitudes, etc.)



















Just the Western Cape http://www.westerncape.gov.za/Text/2008/3/model_regulations__provincial_zoning_scheme,_oct._2004_.pdf

Land dispute institutions (monitoring and performance)






















Government land valuation criteria and procedures



















http://www.info.gov.za/whitepapers/2001/spatialplanning.htm

Annual reports, budgets, sector performance reports inlc. land admin institutions



















A lot of criticism regarding how they spend the budget, but no list of the budget on their own site.

Performance audits of government offices



















Not all audits are available. They say that you can get them on SAIGA, but they just give information on the process.

Financial audits of government offices



















 

International Agreements signed and ratified



















www.dfa.gov.za/foreign/bilateral0415.rtf



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