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Climate Change Bill Heading for Parliament

October 13, 2021

Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

The Draft National Climate Change Bill is heading for parliament.

The forestry, fisheries and the environment department published the draft bill’s explanatory summary in Government Gazette 45299.

According to the explanatory summary, the proposed legislation seeks to enable the “development of an effective climate change response and a long term, just transition to a climate resilient and low carbon economy and society for South Africa in the context of sustainable development”.

A draft bill was published for comment in February 2019.

It seeks to:

• build the Republic’s effective climate change response and the long term, just transition to a climate resilient and lower carbon economy and society in the context of an environmentally sustainable development framework; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.

In May 2021, the forestry, fisheries and the environment minister, Barbara Creecy, during the department’s 2021/22 Budget Vote Speech in parliament, announced that the draft bill has been certified by the state law advisor and is on its way through the cabinet system in preparation for tabling in parliament in 2021.

Cabinet approved the draft bill in September 2021 for tabling in parliament.

In a statement, cabinet indicated that the draft bill aims to provide a legal instrument towards the implementation of the National Climate Change Response Policy.

Cabinet added that the draft bill also “allows for the alignment of policies that will influence the country’s climate change response”.

In a statement last month, the department emphasised that the draft bill “provides for the effective management of inevitable climate change impacts by enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change, with a view to building social, economic, and environmental resilience and an adequate national adaptation response in the context of the global climate change response”.

The draft bill will be tabled in parliament soon.

Meanwhile, in Gazette 45298, the department published Regulations Regarding Fees for the Provision of Aviation Meteorological Services in terms of the South African Weather Service Act.

The South African Weather Service charges the operator of an aircraft fees for aviation meteorological services.

The fees are payable within 30 days of receipt of an invoice.

Aircraft engaged in search and rescue operations and coastal patrol flights of the South African Air Force are exempt from paying fees for aviation meteorological services.

The proposed tariffs for the next three financial years include R53 for 2021/22; R55.81 for 2022/23 and R56.73 for 2023/24.

The tariff is set at zero for aircraft with a maximum certificated mass below 2000 kilograms or aircraft that qualify according to the exception rule.