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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa signs new laws

The country’s government updates correct policy

According to Business Tech information, the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) adopted the following five pieces of legislation at its last plenary session:

  • The Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill aims to revolutionise South Africa's energy sector by enabling the creation of a competitive and sustainable electricity industry to meet the country's energy needs.

The bill also aims to improve energy security by diversifying energy production and expanding access to electricity.

  • The National Water Resources Infrastructure Agency Bill provides for the establishment of the South African National Water Resources Infrastructure Agency as a state-owned company and a major government organisation.

The large-scale reforms are designed to attract private investment, ensure accountability for non-fulfilment of obligations, and fix the crisis that has led to power outages across the country.

This initiative aims to ensure sustainable, equitable, and reliable water supply from the national water infrastructure while respecting constitutional obligations, including national and regional social and economic goals of national policy.

  • The Marine Pollution (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Amendment Bill aims to improve existing regulations to protect our oceans from pollution from ships.

It complies with the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (the main international convention aimed at preventing pollution from ships caused by operational or emergency causes).

The bill includes, among other things, recommendations on the proper laying, handling, and transportation of toxic waste, the disposal of hazardous waste such as cleaning products, and reducing air pollution from ships.

  • The Transport Appeal Tribunal Amendment Bill updates the law on the Transport Appeals Tribunal, taking into account recent events and revising definitions.

  • The Plant Health (Phytosanitary) Bill aims to improve the existing phytosanitary system in South Africa to meet the requirements of major trading partners as well as international agreements and treaties.

It establishes rules and procedures for monitoring, controlling, and managing the import, export, and movement of plants, plant products, and related materials.

This is because the ultimate goal is to protect plant health and prevent the spread of pests and diseases that can harm crops, forests, and natural ecosystems.

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