National Ports Amendment Bill Published for Comment

Department of Transport

A draft bill that aims to strengthen the powers of the Ports Regulator has been drawn up.

The transport department published the proposed legislation in Government Gazette 41731 for comment.

The boosting of the powers of the Ports Regulator would be in relation to implementation, enforcement and redress with regard to decisions taken in terms of penalties.

The Draft National Ports Amendment Bill seeks to:

•    amend the National Ports Act, 2005, so as to substitute and insert certain definitions;
•    repeal certain provisions;
•    amend the functions of the Authority;
•    amend the establishment of the Regulator;
•    expand the functions of the Regulator;
•    provide for the reappointment of members of Regulator;
•    amend the disclosure of interests;
•    amend meetings of the Regulator;
•    amend the provision of Funding of the Regulator;
•    provide for appointment of non-member Chairman of the Audit committee of the Regulator;
•    empower the Regulator to make additional orders; and
•    provide for matters connected therewith.

Written comment is invited within 30 days of the date of publication.

Meanwhile, in Gazette 41723, the department has published proposed amendments to the Civil Aviation Regulations for comment.

Amendments are proposed to Part 61 on pilot licensing, Part 121 on air transport operations and Part 139 on aerodromes and heliports.

Comment is invited until 22 July 2018.

Sabinet Cape Town Office

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