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Parliament Seeks Comment on Civil Aviation Bill

November 27, 2019


27 November 2019

Parliament seeks comment on the Civil Aviation Amendment Bill.

The bill was tabled in parliament in November 2018.

The transport department published the bill for comment towards the end of 2016.

The bill lapsed at the end of the 5th parliament but was revived by the national assembly at the end of October 2019.

The portfolio committee on transport was briefed on the proposed legislation last week.

The bill aims to amend the Civil Aviation Act of 2009 so as to:

• amend existing, and insert new, definitions;
• rectify references to certain Ministries and Government Departments;
• amend Chapter 4 of the Act so as to make provision for the operational independence of aircraft accident and incident investigation;
• rectify the provision regarding the establishment of the South African Civil Aviation Authority;
• give the South African Civil Aviation Authority environmental protection oversight function;
• do away with the requirement for the development of a corporate governance plan;
• make provision for an employee of the Department to be a member of the Civil Aviation Authority Board;
• amend the provisions relating to the appointment and removal of the Commissioner for Civil Aviation and matters related to his or her functions and responsibilities;
• amend the provisions relating to the performance agreement between the Minister and the Aviation Safety Investigation Board;
• clarify the provisions dealing with conflict of interest;
• provide for the designation of the Chairperson of the National Aviation Security Committee and matters connected with the operations of the Committee;
• delete the provisions dealing with compliance notices;
• amend the provisions dealing with appeals;
• authorise the Minister to issue exemptions and to prescribe additional offences and additional enforcement mechanisms;
• extend the powers of the Minister to make regulations;
• move the procedures for the establishment of consultative structures to the regulations; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.

Comment is invited until 15 January 2020.