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Parliament Passes Critical Infrastructure Protection Bill

March 7, 2019

Parliament

Parliament has passed the Critical Infrastructure Protection Bill and sent it to president Ramaphosa for assent.

The national council of provinces passed the bill and returned it to the national assembly (NA) for consideration of proposed amendments in December 2018.

The NA passed the bill in August 2018.

The bill was published for comment in 2016 and tabled in parliament in October 2017.

It aims to:

• provide for the identification and declaration of infrastructure as critical infrastructure;
• provide for guidelines and factors to be taken into account to ensure transparent identification and declaration of critical infrastructure;
• provide for measures to be put in place for the protection, safeguarding and resilience of critical infrastructure;
• provide for the establishment of the Critical Infrastructure Council and its functions;
• provide for the administration of the Act under the control of the National Commissioner as well as the functions of the National Commissioner in relation to the Act;
• provide for the establishment of committees and their functions;
• provide for the designation and functions of inspectors;
• provide for the powers and duties of persons in control of critical infrastructure;
• provide for reporting obligations;
• provide for transitional arrangements;
• provide for the repeal of the National Key Points Act, 1980, and related laws; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.