Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
The Liquor Products Amendment Bill has been passed by the national assembly and sent to the national council of provinces for concurrence.
The bill was tabled in parliament in July 2016.
The proposed legislation seeks to amend the Liquor Products Act in order to:
• insert certain definitions and to amend and delete others;
• provide for the renaming and reconstitution of the Wine and Spirit Board and to limit its powers;
• provide for requirements regarding beer, traditional African beer and other fermented beverages;
• repeal a provision in respect of the authorisations regarding certain alcoholic products;
• empower the Minister to designate a person to issue export certificates;
• align certain provisions with the constitution;
• extend the ministers power to make regulations;
• provide gender-equal terminology; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.
The select committee on land and mineral resources will now process the bill.
Meanwhile, in a statement, the agriculture, forestry and fisheries department has reiterated its full commitment to transformation in the fishing sector.
The period for the submission of appeals regarding the final decision on the 2015/16 Fishing Rights Allocation Process for the West Coast Rock Lobster (Nearshore) fishing sector was recently extended.
Appeals can be submitted until 17 November 2017.
The department was currently providing assistance to the applicants in various communities.