04 September 2023

From the Government Gazette and Media Statements (4 September 2023)



  • The Department of Tourism called for public comments on a Green Paper focusing on the sector’s development and promotion. Proposals include:
    • ‘a research-based tourism safety response programme’
    •  ‘a specialised police unit with capacity for focused preventative measures and the swift resolution of incidents involving tourists’
    • regulating the short-term rental market
    • addressing immigration and transport-related challenges
    • cutting edge skills development in keeping with technological advancements, and
    • more effective support for small and medium enterprises operating in the sector.



  • The Department of Water & Sanitation gazetted a revised national water resources strategy, which includes chapters dedicated to:
    • ‘managing effective water and sanitation services’
    • ‘protecting aquatic ecosystems and maintaining and restoring ecological infrastructure’
    • ‘creating effective water sector institutions’
    • managing water and sanitation under changing climatic conditions
    • ‘building capacity for action’, and
    • ‘ensuring financial stability’.



  • The Legal Practice Council called for comments on proposed amendments to six rules and gazetted finalised amendments to three. All nine documents can be found here.



  • The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment extended the pre-mine closure financial provisioning compliance deadline for certain rights and permit holders.



  • The Department of Transport called for comments from ‘maritime stakeholders’ on a first draft National Ports Amendment Bill intended to:
    • address implementation challenges experienced since the Act’s commencement
    • align existing legislation with:
      • ‘international and domestic policy developments and performance trends’
      • the 2017 policy on maritime transport, and
      • ports regulator provisions to the 2020 Economic Regulation of Transport Bill now being processed in the NCOP, and to
      • give effect to ‘recent pronouncements’ on ‘the future reporting and governance arrangements’ of state-owned transport entities.


Prepared by Pam Saxby


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