Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development
Directions relating to spatial planning, land use management and land development processes have been drawn up.
The agriculture, land reform and rural development department published the Directions in Government Gazette 43598 in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.
The Directions are designed to mitigate the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and to alleviate, contain and minimize the effects of the national state of disaster.
They also aim to ensure fair processes and extend the timeframes and deadlines imposed on municipalities and provinces by the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act.
The Directions exempt municipalities and land use regulators from any provision of the act that requires action to be taken between the date of publication of the notice and the date that the national sate of disaster lapses or is terminated.
The extension of various timeframes is set down.
The prescribed time periods to submit any report; take any step in connection with a pending land development application or lodge a land development application or appeal with a municipal authority are extended for 30 days from the date of publication unless a municipal council decides otherwise.
The Directions came into effect on the date of publication.
Meanwhile, in Gazette 43596, the department published two notices relating to the South African Council for Planners:
• Notice 429 – proposed guideline professional fees in terms of section 29 of the Planning Profession Act published for comment – 30 days to submit comment;
• Notice 430 – guidelines on the method of calculation of professional fees to be charged by professional planners and technical planners as outlined in section 29 of the act – 30 days to submit comment.
In Gazette 43591, the department, in terms of the Agricultural Product Standards Act, announced the replacing of the designated assignee’s name “Agency for Food Safety (Pty) Ltd” by the registered company name, namely “Food Safety Agency (Pty) Ltd”.