Update on Proposed Laws

Updated: Jul 12

This article provides an overview on recent parliamentary bills and other draft bills. The information provided reflects the status of these Bills as at 21 June 2021.



Bills tabled in Parliament during 2021

The following Bills were introduced to Parliament during 2021:


1. Animals Protection Amendment Bill 1 of 2021

“To amend the Animals Protection Act, 1962, so as to insert a definition for ‘‘cosmetic’’; to provide for a new offence related to the testing of a cosmetic, or part of or ingredient of a cosmetic, on an animal; and to provide for matters connected therewith.”


2. Disaster Management Amendment Bill 2 of 2021

“To amend the Disaster Management Act, 2002, so as to amend the duration of a state of disaster; to provide that any action taken as a result of a declaration of a state of disaster is only effective prospectively; to further provide that only the National Assembly, a provincial legislature or a council of a municipality may resolve to extend a national, provincial or local state of disaster respectively, and to provide for the duration of the extension; to further provide for the requisite majorities required in the National Assembly, provincial legislature and council of a municipality in order to extend a national, provincial or local state of disaster respectively; to provide that a resolution to extend a national, provincial or local state of disaster, as the case may be, may only be adopted after a public debate in the respective legislatures; to provide for oversight by the National Assembly and provincial legislature over a national or provincial state of disaster, respectively; to amend the provisions dealing with the lapsing of a national, provincial or local state of disaster and the termination of the regulations and by-laws made in terms of it, as the case may be; and to provide for matters connected therewith.”


3. Division of Revenue Bill 3 of 2021 – this Bill has been approved by Parliament and is due to be signed by President. “To provide for the equitable division of revenue raised nationally among the national, provincial and local spheres of government for the 2021/22 financial year; the determination of each province’s equitable share; allocations to provinces, local government and municipalities from national government’s equitable share; the responsibilities of all three spheres pursuant to such division and allocations; and to provide for matters connected therewith.”


4. Appropriation Bill 4 of 2021

“To appropriate money from the National Revenue Fund for the requirements of the State for the 2021/22 financial year; to prescribe conditions for the spending of funds withdrawn for the 2022/23 financial year before the commencement of the Appropriation Act for the 2022/23 financial year; and to provide for matters incidental thereto.”


5. Special Appropriation Bill 5 of 2021

“To appropriate an additional amount of money to votes of Health and Social Development; to effect an adjustment to an appropriation of money to the vote of Public Enterprises; and to provide for matters connected therewith.”


6. Ease of Doing Business Bill 6 of 2021

“To provide for the assessment of regulatory measures developed by the Executive, members and committees of Parliament and self-regulatory bodies, so as to consider the socio-economic impact of regulatory measures, including the detection and reduction of red tape and the cost of red tape for businesses; to provide for the establishment of an administrative unit to assist the Executive, members of Parliament, committees of the Houses and self-regulatory bodies in the regulatory impact assessment process and to prepare regulatory impact statements; to provide for assistance to businesses in overcoming red tape and other challenges; to provide for the functions and powers of the administrative unit; to provide for mapping of legislation, regulatory impact assessments and the preparation of regulatory impact statements; to provide for exemptions; to provide for the evaluation of existing regulatory measures by the Executive and self-regulatory bodies; and to provide for matters incidental thereto.”


7. Railway Safety Bill 7 of 2021

“To provide for the regulation of railway safety in the Republic; to provide for the continued existence of the Railway Safety Regulator; to provide for the board and governance structures of the Railway Safety Regulator; to provide for railway safety permits; to provide for railway safety critical grades and safety management systems; to provide for a national railway safety information and monitoring system; to provide for a legal framework to enforce compliance with the Act and to deal with railway occurrences; to provide for an appeal mechanism; to provide for transitional arrangements and the repeal of the National Railway Safety Regulator Act, 2002; and to provide for matters connected therewith.”


8. Preservation and Development of Agricultural Land Bill 8 of 2021

“To provide that the Act applies to all agricultural land within the Republic; to provide principles for the management of agricultural land; to provide for agricultural land evaluation and classification; to provide for the preparation, purpose and content of provincial agricultural sector plans; to provide for the declaration of protected agricultural areas; to provide for the general objectives of agro-ecosystem management, agro-ecosystem authorisations, the listing and delisting of activities or areas within agro-ecosystems and the identification of competent authorities; to provide for the establishment of committees and the appointment of technical and other advisers to advise the Minister, MECs and competent authorities; to provide for a performance assessment framework; to provide for the establishment and management of the national agro-eco information system; to provide for appeal procedures; to provide for the appointment and functions of inspectors; to provide for contravention directives and the investigation and gathering of data on property; to provide for the delegation of powers; to enable the Minister to make regulations and determine norms and standards; to provide for offences and penalties; to provide for the amendment of the Subdivision of Agricultural Land Repeal Act, 1998 (Act No. 64 of 1998); and to provide for matters connected therewith.”


9. Gas Amendment Bill 9 of 2021

“To amend the Gas Act, 2001, so as to amend and insert certain definitions; to provide for the promotion of the orderly development of the gas industry; to enhance the national regulatory framework; to promote broad-based black economic empowerment; to provide for socio-economic and environmentally sustainable development; to provide for new developments and changing technologies in the gas sector; to facilitate gas infrastructure development and investment; to provide for cooperation between the private and public sectors in the gas industry; to strengthen enforcement and improve compliance; and to provide for matters connected therewith.”


10. Housing Consumer Protection Bill 10 of 2021

“To provide for the protection of housing consumers; to provide for the continuance of the National Home Builders Registration Council as the National Home Building Regulatory Council; to provide for the registration of homebuilders; to provide for the enrolment of homes in order to be covered by the home warranty fund; to provide for the regulation of the conduct of homebuilders; to provide for the continuance of the home warranty fund; to provide for claims against the fund; to provide for the funds of the Council and for the management of those funds; to provide for procurement and contractual matters in relation to the building of a home; to provide for the enforcement of this Act; to repeal the Housing Consumers Protection Measures Act, 1998; and to provide for matters connected therewith.”


11. Land Court Bill 11 of 2021

“To provide for the establishment of a Land Court and a Land Court of Appeal; to make provision for the administration and judicial functions of the Land Court and Land Court of Appeal; to make provision for budgetary matters; to provide for the exclusive jurisdiction of the Land Court and Land Court of Appeal for certain matters; to provide for mediation and arbitration procedures; to amend certain laws relating to the adjudication of land matters by other courts; and to provide for matters connected therewith.”