NCOP Seeks Comment on Border Management Authority Bill

Select Committee on Social Services

The select committee on social services has called for comment on the Border Management Authority Bill.

The national assembly passed the bill and sent it to the national council of provinces for concurrence in June 2017.

The bill was tabled in parliament at the end of May 2016.

The proposed legislation was published for comment in August 2015.

The bill seeks to put a Border Management Authority (BMA) in place. It also provides for the function and structure of the envisaged authority.

The proposed legislation will also allow for the transfer, assignment and designation of law enforcement functions on the country’s borders and at points of entry to the BMA.

The BMA would be empowered to manage the movement of people across the borders, co-ordinate activities with other relevant state bodies and put an enabling environment in place to boost legitimate trade.

The bill also calls for the setting up of an Inter-Ministerial Consultative Committee, Border Technical Committee and advisory committees and provides for the review or appeal of decisions of officers.

Other intended benefits of the proposed legislation highlighted by the home affairs department during a briefing in 2016 includes:

•    A formalised relationship between the BMA and relevant organs of state to enhance security and management of the border environment;
•    Improvement in shared information, risk profiling and mitigation and enforcement to create an integrated border environment picture;
•    A focused approach to optimize port of entry operations and processes to enhance efficiencies through maximum compliance and minimum administrative costs and delays;
•    Effective utilisation of financial, human, infrastructure and accommodation resources in the implementation of border management functions at a port of entry as an agent for multiple border management authorities;
•    Improved sterility and integrity of port of entry and border law enforcement areas and processes; and
•    Improvement in management, discipline and transparency with a single line of sight authority at a port of entry within a larger command and control organizational environment.

Comment is invited until 27 October 2017.

Sabinet Cape Town Office

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