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Civil Aviation Amendment Bill Tabled

November 16, 2018

Department of Transport

The Civil Aviation Amendment Bill has been tabled in parliament.

The transport department published the bill’s explanatory summary in Government Gazette 41962 in October 2018.

The bill aims to amend the Civil Aviation Act of 2009 so as to:

• amend existing, and insert new, definitions;
• rectify references to certain Ministries and Government Departments;
• amend Chapter 4 of the Act so as to make provision for the operational independence of aircraft accident and incident investigation;
• rectify the provision regarding the establishment of the South African Civil Aviation Authority;
• give the South African Civil Aviation Authority environmental protection oversight function;
• do away with the requirement for the development of a corporate governance plan;
• make provision for an employee of the Department to be a member of the Civil Aviation Authority Board;
• amend the provisions relating to the appointment and removal of the Commissioner for Civil Aviation and matters related to his or her functions and responsibilities;
• amend the provisions relating to the performance agreement between the Minister and the Aviation Safety Investigation Board;
• clarify the provisions dealing with conflict of interest;
• provide for the designation of the Chairperson of the National Aviation Security Committee and matters connected with the operations of the Committee;
• delete the provisions dealing with compliance notices;
• amend the provisions dealing with appeals;
• authorise the Minister to issue exemptions and to prescribe additional offences and additional enforcement mechanisms;
• extend the powers of the Minister to make regulations;
• move the procedures for the establishment of consultative structures to the regulations; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.

The proposed legislation was published for comment towards the end of 2016.

The portfolio committee on transport will process the bill.