• By-Laws & Environmental Legislation

By-Laws & Environmental Legislation that apply to Residents and Members

The most obvious way of protecting an environmentally sensitive area is to restrict any transformation and destruction caused by buildings, roads, and removal of indigenous vegetation, ploughing, grazing livestock, mineral prospecting and all other activities that can damage the ecosystems and biodiversity forever.

To this end, Municipal by-laws and national laws must be obeyed.

The City of Tshwane’s by-laws and the National Environmental Management of Protected Areas Act (NEM:PAA) are designed to protect South Africa’s environment and critical biodiversity. Certain areas are zoned for protection, and the geographical area where we live is one of those.

The City of Tshwane by-laws require that the footprint of any development, including roads and services, is contained within five percent of the total size of a portion of land. As indicated in the Rural Spatial Development Framework designed by the City, 1 dwelling per 10 hectares, after sensitive areas i.e. ridges, wetlands, endangered flora among others have been excluded from the total size, is allowed. Any new structure requiring a foundation needs approval. This includes sheds, swimming pools and extensions to existing houses.

The Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) will require an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to be conducted for any planned clearing of more than 300 sqm.  Approval is needed from the GDARD for, among other things, dams and weirs, schemes for the use of ground or surface water, large scale irrigation and the concentration of livestock or poultry in confined structures for the purpose of commercial production, roads or tracks in a sensitive area.

Local and national environmental legislation is extensive and demanding. By taking time to find out the situation in advance you will avoid much heartache and the expense of a costly rehabilitation process which will be imposed if activities are undertaken without permission.

The proclamation of the area as a Reserve does not add any further rules.

The Grassland Stewardship Alliance, as the custodian of the Crocodile River Reserve, will insist that for the benefit of all we live in compliance with every law, policy and guideline of the authorities.

Environmental Crimes

For more information about environmental crimes and how to report them, please download GDARD’s EMI Brochure. Should you wish to make a complaint, please download the GDARD Complaint Form, complete it and email it to green.scorpions@gauteng.gov.za. Please be sure to follow up for a reference number and keep a note of it for tracking purposes.

Biodiversity and Environmental Crime

Biodiversity Crime e.g. Poaching
GDARD Biodiversity Enforcement
076 404 8745

Environmental Crime e.g. land clearing etc.
GDARD Green Scorpions

City of Tshwane Green Scorpions
073 274 8941

Alien Invasive Plants

Dept of Agriculture Forestry & Fisheries
Dir: Land Use & Soil Management
082 404 3054

GDARD – Biodiversity Stewardship
GDARD/GSA Management Liaison
072 970 7577

Safety and Security

SAPS Erasmia
012 370 1777

CPF Chairperson
061 031 4517

Click below to download your own copy of these documents:


National Environmental Management Act No 107 of 1998


National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act No 10 of 2004


National Environmental Management Protected Areas Act 57 of 2003


National Veld and Forest Fire Act No 101 of 1998


Keeping of Animals, Birds, Poultry and Pets 2017


National Fire Danger Rating System 2013


Property Rates City of Tshwane 2018


Proper Administration of Nature Reserves NEMPAA 2012


Conservation of Agricultural Resources Act 43 of 1983


Chapter 2 of the National Veld and Forest Fire Act 1998


Brochure on Environmental Management Inspectors or Green Scorpions


Environmental Complaints Form for GDARD