Free State Department: Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs
|Postal||Private Bag X20801, Bloemfontein, 9300|
|Physical||34 Markgraaf Street, Westdene, 9301|
|Tel||051 404 9600|
|Fax||051 400 4732|
OverviewThe mission of the Free State Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs is to provide sound economic and environmental management systems that ensure economic development and poverty reduction in the Free State.
The Department's constitutional mandates require it to oversee and administer the following: trade; tourism; casinos, racing, gambling and wagering, excluding lotteries and sports pools; consumer protection; environment; industrial promotion; nature conservation; pollution control; provincial public enterprises; soil conservation; and liquor licenses and control of undertakings that sell liquor to the public.
Furthermore, the Department's constitutional mandate emphasises that everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.