27 August 2019
The administration, powers and functions of the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act have been transferred to the minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development.
The presidency confirmed this in Proclamation 49 published in Government Gazette 42657.
The Proclamation sets down the transfer of administration, powers and functions of various pieces of legislation from the previous responsible minister to the new cabinet member.
The transfer flows from the reconfiguration of departments announced by president Ramaphosa on 14 June 2019.
The administration, powers and functions of the act were previously assigned to the minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries.
The proclamation refers to agriculture; communication; economic development; land reform and rural development; statistics and women, youth and persons with disabilities-related legislation.
The proclamation also contains detail on the transfer of the powers and functions entrusted by the Public Service Act from a previous cabinet member to a new cabinet member for various departments.
Transfers include from minister of communications to minister in the presidency for the government communication and information system and minister in the presidency responsible for planning, monitoring and evaluation to minister in the presidency for Statistics South Africa.