Child Justice Amendment Bill

The Select Committee on Security and Justice invites you to submit written submissions on the Child Justice Amendment Bill.

The Child Justice Amendment Bill seeks, amongst other matters, to:
• amend the Child Justice Act, 2008, so as to amend a definition;
• further regulate the minimum age of criminal capacity;
• further regulate the provisions relating to the decision to prosecute a child who is 12 years or older but under the age of 14 years;
• further regulate the proof of criminal capacity;
• further regulate the assessment report by the probation officer;
• further regulate the factors to be considered by a prosecutor when diverting a matter before a preliminary inquiry;
• further regulate the factors to be considered by an inquiry magistrate when diverting a matter at a preliminary inquiry;
• further regulate the orders that may be made at the preliminary inquiry;
• amend wording in order to facilitate the interpretation of a phrase; and
• further regulate the factors to be considered by a judicial officer when diverting a matter in a child justice court;

You are invited to provide suggestions or comments in support or objection via the form below. Should you be unsure, please read the live comments, media, summary or documents below.   Closing date is midnight 31 January 2019.

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  • In South Africa, while the wholesale price of petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin (IP) are not regulated, the pump prices (retail prices) of all grades of petrol are regulated and government also sets the Single Maximum National Retail Price (SMNRP) for IP.
  • The regulation of the prices of petroleum products or some control of the prices is meant to protect consumers against high prices and to ensure that markets develop in an orderly manner.
  • The DoE said at the time that the BFP was implemented, South Africa was a net exporter of refined petroleum products.
  • It was first introduced in 1999 as a formula to calculate prices of petroleum products produced by the South African refining industry.
  • “The BPF does not take the true production and associated costs of refining locally but rather takes the view of what the alternative costs would be to import refined product into South Africa, thereby establishing a deemed import parity price. The BFP is a deemed import parity price used as a benchmark to determine domestic fuel prices,” said the department.
  • In 2004, a revised BFP formula was implemented to reflect a true import parity price with the inclusion of stock costs and stock financing among others.
  • The current composition of the BFP includes freight, insurance, cargo dues and ocean leakage, among others.

Reference markets

  • When coming to reference markets, although South Africa was a net exporter of fuels prior to 2006, from time to time fuels were imported to supplement local supply due to refinery shutdowns.
  • Reference markets are referred to as a big refining centres which have huge storage facilities to supply the world with petroleum products.
  • Currently, reference markets used for the BFP for petrol and illuminating paraffin is currently based on the Mediterranean area (50%) and Singapore (50%) and that of middle distillates (diesel and illuminating paraffin).
  • For diesel and illuminating paraffin, it is 50% from the Mediterranean area and 50% from the Arab Gulf.
  • The department recommends that the reference markets be revised as follows: 70% free on board (FOB) Singapore and 30% FOB Arab Gulf for diesel and illuminating paraffin and 60% FOB Singapore and 40% FOB Mediterranean for petrol.
  • These combinations and weighting imply that the Mediterranean would no longer be a reference market for diesel, nullifying concerns relating to the absence of quotations for appropriate Sulphur grades.
  • FOB is the price of the petroleum products on board the vessel and ready to depart.

Freight

  • On freight, which comprises three elements including a 15% premium added to the Average Freight Rate Assessment (AFRA), that the premium should be removed.
  • It said that during investigations this premium could not be justified.
  • The freight rate includes all the costs associated with transporting products from international markets to their respective destinations. The department recommends that the 15% premium should be removed from the freight rate and actual freight costs be obtained from the relevant international pricing agencies.
  • The department envisages that the revised BFP formula will be implemented in 2019 following extensive consultation with stakeholders.
  • The department will consolidate the comments and conduct a workshop before finalising its position on the BFP review.

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Raviesh
No I do not
Firstly the tax on liter of fuel needs to drop we are paying way to much for tax ,and another huge increase in April is just going to sink our falling economy more ,not forgetting also soon carbon tax to be added to the fuel ,if the price of fuel keeps increasing soon most South Africans will be forced not to use their vehicles .
Dean
Not fully
Government should not be making 40%+ on a tank of fuel. It's ridiculous!
Nathaniel
Yes I do
if the review of pertol price does drop the fuel prices which are disgusting in this counrty that supplies a lot of raw materials to 1st world countries. Then i am for it. But if i pockets the corrupted government then NO.
Nathaniel
Yes I do
if the review of pertol price does drop the fuel prices which are disgusting in this counrty that supplies a lot of raw materials to 1st world countries. Then i am for it. But if i pockets the corrupted government then NO.
Charl
Not fully
We are over paying in this country

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