Climate Change Bill, 2018
Government Gazette No.: 41689
Notice No.: 580
The Minister of Environmental Affairs has published the Climate Change Bill, 2018 in the Schedule to the notice for public comment.
The objects of the Act will be to:
By post to: The Director-General: Department of Environmental Affairs
Attention: Ms Dineo Ngobeni
Private Bag X447
By hand at: Environment House, 473 Steve Biko Street, Pretoria, Arcadia, 0082.
By email: Climate@environment.gov.za
Enquiries (012) 399 9160
The act will apply to the whole of SA and be binding on all organs of state.
The essence of the Climate Change Act (hereafter referred to as the Act) is to provide framework legislation for the implementation of mechanisms, systems and procedures to ensure that the objectives of the Act is achieved, which is a duty of Government. Prior to such actions required to be taken by Government as explained below, there are no actual obligation placed on any individuals/organisations at this time.
Nevertheless, the Act will have an impact on sectors, viz. coal mining, production and/or refining of crude oil, production of natural gas, cement production, glass production, iron and steel production, pulp and paper production electricity production from fossil fuels (to name but a few), and accordingly the public must use this opportunity to comment on the proposed framework legislation for Climate change.
Applicability to Organisations
Functions of Government:
In accordance with the Act, Government will have to, within 2 years of the date on which section 6 of the Act takes effect, by notice in the Gazette, establish a national environmentally sustainable development framework for achieving the objects of the Act, which must include-
Note that in the event of any conflict between a section of the Act and other legislation specifically relating to climate change, the section of the Act will prevail.
The national environmentally sustainable development framework may assign and delineate responsibilities for the implementation of the Act amongst-
An organ of state must give effect to the national environmentally sustainable development framework when exercising a power or performing a duty in terms of the Act, or any other legislation regulating climate change responses.
Every organ of state must coordinate and harmonise the policies, plans, programmes and decisions of the national, provincial and local spheres of government that exercise functions that effect or are affected by climate change or are entrusted with powers and duties aimed at the achievement, promotion, and protection of a sustainable environment, in order to-
An MEC responsible for the environment or a Mayor of a municipality, as the case may be, must-
A provincial or municipal climate change response implementation plan, must-
a) include measures or programmes relating to both adaptation and mitigation;
b) take account of the risks and vulnerabilities associated with climate change;
c) include mechanisms for their effective implementation that align with national sector plans;
d) cover all priority sectors; and
e) comply with any requirements as may be prescribed by the Minister or MEC.
A Minister responsible for a sector department and any State Owned Entity for which a sector department is responsible must-
A Minister responsible for a sector department must submit, every four years of the coming into operation of the Act, reports on the progress made in relation to the implementation of the climate change response implementation plan.
The Minister must, in consultation with the Ministerial Committee on Climate Change, by notice in the Gazette, determine a national greenhouse gas emissions trajectory for the Republic of South Africa, which must-
Sectoral Emission Targets:
The Minister must, in consultation with the Ministerial Committee on Climate Change, by notice in the Gazette, every five years, determine SETs for greenhouse gas emitting sectors and sub-sectors, which must-
The Minister must, by notice in the Gazette, determine a greenhouse gas emissions threshold for the purpose of determining persons that will be allocated a carbon budget.
In accordance with the greenhouse gas emissions threshold the Minister must allocate a carbon budget that is applicable to a specified person for not less than three successive five-year periods.
The Minister must review a carbon budget allocated to a person every five years.
A person to whom a carbon budget has been allocated is obliged to comply with the carbon budget and to implement the approved greenhouse gas mitigation plan properly in accordance with the methodology contained in the approved greenhouse gas mitigation plan-
i. monitor its annual greenhouse gas emissions;
ii. evaluate its progress towards compliance with the carbon budget;
iii. annually report on the progress towards compliance with the carbon budget; and
iv. in the event that such reporting indicates that the person has failed, is failing or will fail to comply with the carbon budget, to provide an explanation of measures the person will implement in order to achieve compliance.
Under extreme circumstances, a person to whom a carbon budget has been allocated may make an application to the Minister for an extension of the compliance timeframes with a carbon budget allocated that person.
Regulations and Transitional Arrangements:
The Minister may make regulations:
that will promote the effective implementation of the national framework, including-
i. in relation to any matter necessary to give effect to the Republic's obligations in terms of an international agreement relating to climate change; and
ii. in relation to the management of emissions of greenhouse gases including-
(aa) the determination, review, amendment and cancellation of a carbon budget allocation and all matters related thereto;
(bb) the phasing down or phasing out of synthetic greenhouse gases, including the development of timeframes, inventories and mechanisms for reporting; and
(cc) incentives and disincentives to encourage a change in behaviour towards the generation of greenhouse gases amongst all sectors of society;
that will promote effective monitoring, evaluation and assessment of national progress in relation to climate change adaptation matters, including-
i. in relation to the progress made by Departments responsible for Functional Areas, Provinces and Municipalities with the development and implementation of climate change needs and response assessments and climate change response implementation plans;
ii. in relation to the performance of Departments responsible for Functional Areas, Provinces and Municipalities in respect of the national adaptation objectives and related target indicators, including the extent of any deviation in such progress; and
iii. in relation to the consequences for the failure of sector departments responsible for Functional Areas, Provinces and Municipalities to report in the prescribed manner; and that will promote the effective monitoring, evaluation and assessment of national progress in relation to climate change matters, including in relation to climate change data and information, including-
(i) information relating to direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions, including for the purposes of planning, analysis and monitoring; and to inform how the Republic may comply with any international obligations;
(ii) information necessary to determine climate change vulnerability and to foster resilience; and
(iii) any matter that may or must be prescribed in terms of the Act.
The regulations and notice relating to the Declaration of Greenhouse Gases as Priority Air Pollutants, the National Pollution Prevention Plans Regulations and the National Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting Regulations published in terms of the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act, 2004 (Act No. 39 of 2004) which exist when the Act takes effect, remain in force and effect until they are amended, replaced or repealed in terms of the Act.
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Publication of the Draft Broad-Based Socio-Economic Empowerment Charter for the Mining and Minerals Industry, 2018 (Draft Mining Charter, 2018)
Government Gazette No.: 41714
Notice No.: 611
The Minister of Mineral Resources has published the draft Broad-Based Socio-Economic Empowerment (BBSEE) Charter for the Mining and Minerals Industry for public Comment.
Interested and affected parties are invited to submit to the Minister, within 30 days of publication (i.e. 15 July 2018) of the notice, written comments or inputs to the following addresses:
By hand at: 70 Mentjies Street, Trevenna Campus, Sunnyside, 0007
By e-mail: Sibongile.Malie@dmr.gov.za
The Mines and Minerals Industry.
Applicability to Organisations
In 2014, 10 years after the Mining Charter came into effect, the DMR conducted a second assessment of mining companies' compliance with agreed targets contained in the Mining Charter. This second assessment revealed amongst other things that:
Despite a noticeable improvement in levels of compliance, the mining industry is still unacceptably far from being fully transformed.
Notwithstanding a paucity of companies of all sizes that have fully embraced the spirit of the Mining Charter, extremely varied performance by most companies suggests a generally compliance-driven mode of implementation, primarily designed to protect (their) the latter's "social license to operate".
Limited progress has been made in embracing broad-based empowerment ownership to achieve meaningful economic participation of Black South Africans.
Government initiated another comprehensive review process in 2015 aimed at strengthening the efficacy of the Mining Charter as a tool for effecting broad based and meaningful transformation of the mining and minerals industry.
Following the above, the current review process considers the need to align and integrate Government policies to remove ambiguities in respect of interpretation and create regulatory certainty. Therefore, the reviewed Mining Charter is aligned to the provisions of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, 2003 (Act No. 53 of 2003) (BBBEE Act) and the Codes of Good Practice ("DTI Codes"), Employment Equity Act, 1998 (Act No. 55 of 1998) and other relevant regulatory frameworks.
The charter’s intention is to facilitate sustainable transformation, growth and development of the mining industry and to give effect to section 100(2)(a) of the MRDA relating to required transformation policies.
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Imposing of restrictions for prospecting or mining in terms of section 49(1) of the MPRDA
Government Gazette No.: 41743
Notice No.: 657
The Minister of Mineral Resources has exercised his right to impose a restriction under section 49(1) of the MPRDA.
Any person intending on applying for a technical co-operation permit, exploration rights and production rights in terms of sections 76, 79 and 83 of the MPRDA.
Applicability to Organisations
In term of the notice published the Minister, having regarded the interest and need to promote sustainable development of the nation’s petroleum resources imposed a restriction under section 49(1) of the MPRDA on the granting of applications for technical co-operation permit, exploration rights and production rights from 28 June 2018 until further notice.
Note that the restriction shall not affect the processing of applications for reconnaissance permits, technical co-operation permits, exploration and production rights received before the date of publication.
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Notice extending the Public Commenting Period for the Draft Amendments to the Alien and Invasive Species Regulations and Draft Amendments to the Alien and Invasive Species List
Government Gazette No.: 41722
Notice No.: 616
The Minister of Environmental Affairs extend the public commenting period to comment on both the draft amendments to the Alien and Invasive Species Regulations and the draft amendments to the Alien and Invasive Species Lists published in Government Notice 112 and Government Notice 115, respectively, in Government Gazette 41445 on 16 February 2018.
The information is available on the Department's website at www.environment.gov.za: risk assessments related to the draft amendments referred to above, the socio-economic impact assessment, and other relevant information. If you require any other specific information about the proposed amendments, please contact the Department by email on NembaRegs@environment.gov.za.
Any person/organisation that has any Category of listed alien or invasive species (Fauna and/or Flora) present on his/her/its premises or wish to engage in a restricted activity, such as import or export, spread, release or transferring of any specimen, involving any Category of listed alien or invasive species.
Any person that has alien and invasive species (Flora) listed under Notice 1 in respect of Categories 1a; 1b, 2 and 3 located on its site;
Any person that has alien and invasive species (Fauna) listed under Notice 3 located on its site.
Applicability to Organisations
The Draft Alien and Invasive Species Regulations include provision for matter relating to, amongst others:
Categories of Listed Invasive Species;
• Restricted Activities;
• National Framework Documents;
• Keeping of registers and Sending notifications;
• Application for permits;
• Emergency Situations.
Affected parties as indicated above should consider proposed amendments and submit their comments within the prescribed time frame.
Also take note that draft repeals Notice 4 which relate to the Prohibited Species published GNR 864/2016.
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HEALTH AND SAFETY UPDATES
Regulations Governing General Hygiene Requirements for Food Premises, the Transport of Food and related Matters
Government Gazette No.: 41730
Notice No.: 638
The Minister of Health has, made regulations for the Regulations Governing General Hygiene Requirements for Food Premises, the Transport of Food and Related matters.
Any person in charge, means in relation to food premises, a natural person who is responsible for the food premises or the owner of such food premises, as the case may be that includes the manufacture, process, produce, pack, prepare, keep, offer, store, transport or display for sale or for serving, of food.
Applicability to Organisations
These regulations will only come into effect on 22 June 2019. GGA will provides an update including all relevant details closer to date of enactment.
Note that the regulations published in Government Notice No. 962 of 23 November 2012, Government Notice No. 2064 of 2 November 1973 and Government Notice No. R. 180 of 10 February 1967 have been repealed.
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