Coast KZN

National Government

Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment: Oceans and Coasts

DFFE: Oceans and Coasts is the lead agency for coastal management in South Africa.

The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) was renamed on 1 April 2021, from the previous Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF). In June 2019 the DFFE had been established by incorporating the forestry and fisheries functions from the previous Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) into the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).

Branches include:

Biodiversity and conservation,

Chemicals and waste management,

Climate change and air quality,

Fisheries management,

Forestry managament and 

Oceans and coasts.

Lead Agency for Coastal Management in South Africa

National Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment: Oceans and Coasts

Deputy Director General: Judy Beaumont
Call Centre: 021 819 2493

Physical Address

Cnr, Steve Biko (previously Beatrix Street) and Soutpansberg Road 
Environmental House 
473 Steve Biko Street 

The DFFE Oceans and Coasts operates under 3 directorates:


Contact Telephone Email
Oceans and Coastal Research Ashley Naidoo 021 819 5001
Intergrated Coastal Management Vacant
Specialist Services Monitoring Lisolomzi Fikizolo 021 819 2575

DFFE Directorate: Coastal Pollution


Yazeed Petersen: Director 021 819 2450
Feroza Albertus-Stanley: CEO: Marine Pollution 021 819 2457
Ulric Van Bloemestein : CEO: Marine Pollution 021 819 2456
Natasha Baijnath- Pillay: CEO: Land based pollution  021 819 2409

DFFE Legal Authorisations & Compliance Inspectorate


 Telephone Email 
F. Craigie: Enforcement 012 399 9460
S. Bapela: Compliance 012 399 9422
M. Dlulane: Compliance and Enforcement