Parliament seeks applications from members of the private sector and civil society to serve as members of the Critical Infrastructure Council.
The Council flows from the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, assented to in November 2019.
The act 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.
The act is still to come into effect.
The Council will be tasked with considering applications for declaration of infrastructure as critical infrastructure, make recommendations to the minister and approve guidelines.
According to the invitation, the portfolio committee on police will nominate ten persons to serve on the Council and five members will be appointed by the police minister.
Appointees will serve a five-year term.
Applications are invited until 22 February 2021.