• Adami Geldenhuys

National Veld and Forest Fire Amendment Bill

Updated: Dec 14, 2021

The submission of the National Veld and Forest Fire Amendment Bill of 2021 to Parliament was approved by the Cabinet according to the Statement on the Virtual Cabinet Meeting of 29 September 2021. The Cabinet statement provides the following information on the Bill:

“This Bill was first submitted to Parliament in 2017 and was sent back for further consultation with the public. 2.2. Among other provisions, the Bill establishes structures in the public sector and at community level that will work together to mitigate veldfire risks, and promote effective compliance and law enforcement. 2.3. Uncontrolled veldfires are responsible for environmental degradation, loss of jobs, displacement of communities, and general destruction of infrastructure, livestock, habitat and biodiversity.”

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