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Coronavirus lockdown stops clock on water use licence applications

Jacky Burke
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
First presented: 
Modern Mining

"The clock has essentially been stopped on water use license (WUL) application timeframes, until South Africa’s coronavirus lockdown comes to an end.

According to Jackey Burke, principal scientist at SRK Consulting, the lockdown leading from the national state of disaster has meant that the Department of Water and Sanitation cannot work on applications submitted.

There are usually strict timeframes within which applicants must complete each stage of the licence application. The department has stated that applicants will be credited with the time lost due to the lockdown, so they will still have the time to complete the work required, says Jacky Burke."

Authors: Jacky Burke (Principal Environmental Scientist)

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Jacky Burke

Jacky Burke, BSc (Hons) Biochemistry, is a Principal Consultant with 29 years of experience in the fields of water use authorisation and integrated water quality management. Her expertise includes water use licensing: applications and audits; integrated water and waste management plans; rehabilitation strategy and implementation programs; water quality assessment, pollution source identification and control; integrated water resource management, and training and capacity building.



Principal Environmental Scientist
SRK Johannesburg
SRK Africa