Airports Company Amendment Bill [B5 - 2018]

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Submissions must be received by no later than 15 January 2019

Transport

The Portfolio Committee on Transport invites you to submit written comments on the Airports Company Amendment Bill [B5 - 2018]

The Bill seeks to amend the Airports Company Act, 1993, so as to:
▪ insert and amend certain definitions; to substitute certain expressions;
▪ provide for the appointment and disqualification of members of the Committee;
▪ provide for the vacation of office of members of the Committee ;
▪ provide for meetings of the Committee;
▪ amend the period for the issuing of a permission;
▪ provide for decisions of the Committee;
▪ provide for the establishment of the Appeal Committee;
▪ provide for appeals against the decisions of the Committee;
▪ provide for the appointment and disqualification of members of the Appeal Committee;
▪ provide for the vacation of office of members of the Appeal Committee;
▪ provide for offences; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

Comments can be emailed to Valerie Carelse at vcarelse@parliament.gov.za by no later than Tuesday, 15 January 2019.

In addition to the written comments, please indicate your interest in making a verbal presentation to the Committee.

Enquiries can be directed to Valerie Carelse tel (021) 403 3272 or cell 083 709 8445


Issued by Ms DP Magadzi, MP, Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Transport



Background
The Airports Company Amendment Bill, 2018 (‘‘the Bill’’) seeks to amend the Airports Company Act, 1993 (Act No. 44 of 1993) (‘‘the principal Act’’) thereby strengthening the current economic regulatory framework. The Department of Transport (‘‘the Department’’), under the Branch: Civil Aviation, established a Project Team consisting of the following stakeholders who are directly affected by the amendments; the Regulating Committee (‘‘the Committee’’), Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), Board of Airlines Representative of South Africa (BARSA) and the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA). The review of the principal Act will, among other things, (i) address the lack of an effective appeal mechanisms; (ii) give the approach document legal status; (iii) address the lack of clarity regarding the reasons for regulatory decisions (especially from the Regulating Committee); (iv) prescribe the procedure the Minister must follow when appointing members of the Committee and Appeal Committee; (v) empower the Minister to make regulations regarding matters related to economic regulation and the procedure to be followed by the Committee regarding non-compliance by the Company.