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Unlocking the Potential of South African Foundries: A Call to Assist those Without an Environmental Authorization and Atmospheric Emissions License

The South African foundry industry is a crucial part of the country’s economy, providing jobs and driving growth. However, many foundries may be unaware that they are operating without the proper Environmental Authorization (EA) and Atmospheric Emissions license (AEL), which is required by law.

The National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) has an opportunity to assist foundries to apply for the EA through the S24G Rectification Process and for the S22A Application  for the AEL. 

Under the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations of 2014 and the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act (NEM: AQA) of 2004, it’s mandatory for all entities in the metallurgical industry to have an Environmental Authorization (EA) and an Atmospheric Emissions License (AEL). These licenses ensure that foundries are operating in a manner that’s safe for the environment and protects public health.

“We are inviting SA foundries that are operational and tax-compliant, to contact the NFTN before 16 March 2023,” says NFTN senior project manager Manini Ramagaga.

“We believe that by working together, we can ensure that the South African foundry industry reaches its full potential and continues to thrive.”

The NFTN is dedicated to advancing the competitiveness of the South African foundry industry, and we understand that navigating the world of environmental regulation can be difficult. “That’s why we are here to offer assistance and support in obtaining the necessary licenses and authorisations.”

To find out more, or express an interest in participation, foundries can email NFTN Communications Practitioner, Kelebohile Sedieane at by no later than 16 March 2023.

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