18 February 2023

Tracking the Climate Change Bill in Parliament


In February 2022, the Climate Change Bill was introduced in Parliament. The Bill acknowledges the urgent threat that climate change presents and emphasizes the need for an effective, progressive, and incremental response. The Bill aims to provide for a coordinated and integrated response to climate change, provide for the effective management of climate change impacts, make a fair contribution to the global effort to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations, ensure a just transition towards a low carbon economy and society, give effect to South Africa's international commitments and obligations in relation to climate change, and protect and preserve the planet for the benefit of present and future generations of humankind.

Watch Bill Explainer here

The Bill is undergoing extensive public consultation and generated wide interest, with approximately 13,200 written submissions received by Parliament. 2022 Call for comment link.  

In this short review, we examined the actions and effectiveness of the South African Parliament in achieving outcomes in relation to the climate change agenda. We also highlighted the observations, comments and recommendations of key stakeholders. READ HERE

In September 2023, the Committee adopted the Bill and the Committee report on the Bill. 

In October 2023, the National Assembly passed the Bill and referred it to the NCOP for concurrence

Provincial Public Hearings 

Western Cape Public Hearings 

16 July 2023: video 1; video 2

Free State Public Hearings 

15 July 2023: video

North West Public Hearings 

05 June 2023: video

Free State Public Hearings

04 June 2023: video | Media Statement 

03 June 2023: video

Western Cape Public Hearings

21 May 2023: video | Media Statement

20 May 2023: video

Northern Cape Public Hearings

14 May 2023: video

13 May 2023: video

Eastern Cape Public Hearings

23 April 2023: see video 1 | Media Statement 

21 April 2023: see video

North West Public Hearings 

1 April 2023: see video1; video 2 | Media Statement 

Gauteng Public Hearings 

12 March 2023: see video | Media Statement

11 March 2023: see video

10 March 2023: see video | Media Statement

KwaZulu-Natal Public Hearings 

04 March 2023: see video | Media Statement

03 March 2023: see video 1; video 2 

Limpopo Public Hearings 

18 February 2023: see video | Media Statement 

17 February 2023: see video

Mpumalanga Public Hearings 

05 February 2023: see video | Media Statement

04 February 2023: see video | Media Statement 


Useful Resource

Inter-Parliamentary Union Case Study on the Climate Change Bill in South Africa


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