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ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS & TOURISM PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE
10 November 1999
INFORMAL CONSIDERATION OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS TO WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION BILL [B 42B-99]
Select Committee Amendments to World Heritage Convention Bill [B 42B-99]
The committee informally considered and agreed to the proposed amendments from the Select Committee on Land and Environmental Affairs. The formal consideration of the amended World Heritage Convention Bill will take place on Friday, 12 November 1999, after it has been debated in the National Council of Provinces.
Ms Ingrid Coetzee from the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism explained the proposed amendments brought forward by the Select Committee on Land and Environmental Affairs. She told the committee that the amendments were refinements and clarifications of the legislation. No policy issues had been changed. She explained that the issue concerning creating and maintaining a new authority was further clarified. In addition, Ms Coetzee told the committee that the use of the term "advisory board" had been changed to "board". It was decided that "advisory board" was a misnomer since the board's functions are much broader. She told the committee that there were some small changes involving the consent of the Minister for immovable property. Finally, there were some changes made, as requested by the Minster of Finance, on borrowing powers. The committee read through all of the proposed amendments
In the third amendment to Clause 1(b)(ii) Ms Olckers (NNP) asked the Department for clarification. She thought that a MEC would be involved in all sites; she did not understand why they said, "if applicableâ€¦". Ms Coetzee explained that in the case of Robben Island, for example, it is a national institution; the MEC would not necessarily be involved. The committee agreed to the changes in Clause 1.
Ms Coetzee explained the amendments in Clause 7. She indicated that many of the changes were simply for grammatical reasons. In addition, there was a contradiction between Clause 7(1) and Clause 7(2). Previously, this Clause was set up in such a way that the Minister was limited to one type of consultation. The amendments give the Minister more options. The fact that the Minister must consult interested parties has not changed. The committee agreed to the amendments in Clause 7.
The committee agreed to the amendments in Clause 8.
The committee agreed to the amendments in Clause 10.
Ms Olckers (NNP) asked the Department if changing the board from an advisory board to a board has any financial implications. Ms Coetzee told the Member that it is dealt with under the section that deals with finances and it is determined under treasury rules. Ms Olckers was worried since the principle of the advisory board was that it would not involve money. Ms Coetzee explained that there never was an advisory board, it was a misnomer, the issue of finances has not changed.
The committee agreed to Clauses 14, 15, 16, 17, the new Clause 18, Clause 19, and Clause 26.
The Chairperson, Ms Mahlangu (ANC) asked the Department to explain the changes made to Clause 30. Ms Coetzee told the committee that the Department of Land Affairs was concerned that their Minister had to consent to immovable properties. In fact, the Minister must decided in concurrence with the Minister of Finance. The Department decided to divide the Clause into subclauses so this issue could be made clearer.
The committee agreed to the amendments in Clause 32, 34, and the Long Title.
Ms Coetzee pointed out that there was on oversight and "advisory" still had to be removed from clauses 40 and 41.
All of the parties agreed to these amendments. Ms Mahlangu explained to the committee that they could only complete the informal consideration of the Select Committee Amendments to World Heritage Convention Bill. It would not be formally considered until Friday, after the Bill has been debated in the NCOP and referred back to the National Assembly. The meeting was adjourned.
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