PC Transport Seeks Comment on Airports Company Bill

Portfolio Committee on Transport

The portfolio committee on transport has called for comment on a proposed new clause to the Airports Company Amendment Bill.

The bill was tabled in parliament in March 2018.

The proposed legislation seeks to:

•    amend the Airports Company Act, 1993, so as to insert and amend certain definitions;
•    substitute certain expressions;
•    provide for the appointment and disqualification of members of the Committee;
•    provide for the vacation of office of members of the Committee;
•    provide for meetings of the Committee;
•    amend the period for the issuing of a permission;
•    provide for decisions of the Committee;
•    provide for the establishment of the Appeal Committee;
•    provide for appeals against the decisions of the Committee;
•    provide for the appointment and disqualification of members of the Appeal Committee;
•    provide for the vacation of office of members of the Appeal Committee; and
•    provide for offences.

According to the transport department, the bill was drawn up to strengthen the current economic regulatory framework.

During deliberations on the bill, the committee realized that other provisions of the principal act, not included in the bill, needed to be amended.

The new amendments propose a new clause, amending section 2 of the principal act, that seeks to legislate the operational effects of the Companies Act of 2008 on the classification of the Airports Company as a state-owned company. The amendments further seek to align the act to the current provisions in the Public Service Act of 1994 with regard to persons excluded from service as non-executive directors of the Company.

Comment is invited until 8 March 2019.

Sabinet Cape Town Office

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