The responsibility for sewage spills in estuaries and along the coast was transferred to the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) through the Integrated Coastal Management Act (Act No. 24 of 2008) (ICMA).
The discharge of any effluent into the coastal environment from a land-based process must be authorised by the DEA.
Any discharge of land-based effluent to the coastal environment from an activity triggering any of the Listing Notices in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations under the NEMA, is subject to the applicable environmental authorisation by the DEA and / or a Coastal Water Discharge Permit (CWDP).
A sewage spill in the estuary or along the coast should be reported to the DEA, KZN EDTEA and the Local Municipality as well as DWS since collaboration between these groups is required.
What information to report and the procedure for reporting.
- Name and contact details of person reporting
- Date and time of observation
- Details of observation
- Location or relative positionSource /cause of pollution
- Weather and sea conditions
Who to contact
Marine & Coastal
(Director: Marine Pollution)
|021 819 2450/
083 530 3127
|Natasha Baijnath- Pillay
(CEO: Land based pollution)
|021 819 2409/
072 173 6234
|T. Dangazele||084 358 5197||tdangazele@
|DWS||Ntombethu (Zethu) Makwabasa
|031 336 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Renelle Karen Pillay
(Water Quality Manager)
|031 336 email@example.com|
(Coastal and Marine Pollution)
|033 897 6681/
084 868 7983
(Coastal Unit Manager)
|033 897 6682/
082 330 2114
Report pollution incident to DEA: 021 8192450/ 021 8192457
Share call to assist the public with environment related queries, call the DEA Call Centre: 086 111 2468
For more information on the ICM and NEMA Acts, see Legislation under Governance