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LAND AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS SELECT COMMITTEE
6 September 2005
SA ABATTOIR CORPORATION ACT REPEAL BILL, AND KRUGER PARK VISIT REPORT: ADOPTION
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Presentation: South African Abattoir Corporation Act Repeal Bill
South African Abattoir Corporation Act Repeal Bill [B21-2005]
Department officials briefed the Committee on the background to the SA Abattoir Corporation Act Repeal Bill. The Committee unanimously adopted the Bill without discussion.
The Committee then adopted its report on its oversight visit to the Kruger National Park. The Committee agreed it should be debated in the House. Members adopted past minutes, and further discussed who would attend the conference to be held at Sun City on 6 and 7 October.
South African Abattoir Corporation Act Repeal Bill
Mr Lufuno Makhoshi (Legal Administration Officer) and Mr Zolani Peter (Legal Officer) from the Department said that the SA Abattoir Corporation Act had came into effect on 10 July 1992. The Directors of Abakor could only alter the share capital with the approval of the Ministers of Agriculture and Finance. Abakor had debt that it could not pay and this resulted in the initiation of liquidation proceedings in the High Court.
On 10 October 2000, a rule nisi had been granted by the Transvaal Provincial Division of the High Court of South Africa and was published as ordered. On the return date, 31 October 2000, no cause was shown why the rule nisi could not be made a final order.
Abakor had been placed under a final winding-up order on 31 October 2000. The final liquidation and distribution account was confirmed on 11 December 2003 and advertised in the Government Gazette No. 25906 on 16 January 2004. As a result of the liquidation of Abakor, the South African Abattoir Corporation Act had become obsolete and needed to be repealed.
The Committee agreed and the South African Abattoir Corporation Act Repeal Bill was accepted without amendment.
Committee Report on the Kruger Park visit
The Committee unanimously adopted the report with minor technical amendments. The Chairperson said it would not be appropriate to debate the report in the House after such a long time. He suggested giving a statement to the House instead.
Mr L Van Rooyen (ANC, Free State) said it should be debated because there were some issues of concern, to which a statement would not do justice. Mr Adams agreed and said the Committee needed to find progress had been made in the villages visited before issuing a statement.
The Chairperson agreed that the Committee needed further information but the issue could not be delayed. He asked the Committee if they agreed that it should be debated. Ms Dlulane (ANC, Eastern Cape) agreed and said recommendations should be forwarded to Kruger Park.
Ms Oliphant (ANC, KwaZulu-Natal) said the report needed to be debated in the House. Minister Van Schalkwyk should be invited. The Chairperson said the Members of the Executive Committee (MECs) who had visited the Kruger Park should debate. The Chairperson suggested Mr Watson, who was not present, Ms Dlulane, Mr Van Rooyen and himself would debate.
The Committee Secretary’s minutes for their meetings of 17, 23 and 24 August were then adopted with minor technical amendments.
The Committee discussed the conference to be held at Sun City on 6 and 7 October. Ms M Oliphant (ANC), Mr L Van Rooyen (ANC), Ms H Matlanyane (ANC), Rev P Moatshe (ANC) and Mr A Watson (DA) would attend. An application for Ms B Dlunane (ANC), Mr R Tau (ANC) Mr M Mzizi (IFP), and Mr F Adams (NNP) to attend would be submitted.
The meeting was adjourned.
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