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Have Your Say: National Forests Amendment Bill [B11–2016]

National Forests Amendment Bill (B 11 - 2016)

In line with Parliament’s core objective of facilitating public participation and involvement in legislative processes, the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will conduct Public Hearings in Parliament on the Liquor Products Amendment Bill [B10–2016], National Forests Amendment Bill [B11–2016] and National Veld and Forest Fire Amendment Bill [B22–2016] on Tuesday, 15 and Wednesday, 16 August 2017.

The National Forests Amendment Bill [B11–2016] seeks to amend the National Forests Act, 1998 (Act No. 84 of 1998), so as to provide for clear definitions of natural forests and woodlands; to provide for public trusteeship of the nation’s forestry resources; to increase the promotion and enforcement of sustainable forest management; to increase the measures provided for in the Act to control and remedy deforestation; to provide for appeals against decisions taken under delegated powers and duties; to reinforce offences and penalties; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

Interested individuals and interest groups wishing to comment on the above-mentioned Bill are kindly requested to forward written submissions to the Portfolio Committee by no later than Friday, 04 August 2017. Stakeholders interested in making oral submissions are also requested to make a written request or contact our office by no later than Friday, 04 August 2017.

All correspondence should be addressed to Ms Machwene Rosina Semenya, Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and marked for the attention of Ms Albertina Kakaza, PO Box 15, Parliament of South Africa, Cape Town, 8000 or E-mail to akakaza@parliament.gov.za or fax: 086 694 3529, telephone: (021) 403 3765 or 083 709 8391.

Issued by: Ms Machwene Rosina Semenya, MP Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.