Disaster Management Amendment Bill

Parliament invites the public to support, comment on, or object to the draft Disaster Management Amendment Bill (a private members Bill) which proposes;

    • to provide that an extension to state of disaster may only be adopted after a public debate (currently the decision is at the discretion of the Minister);
    • to amend the allowed duration of a state of disaster (no more than 21 days);
    • to provide that any action taken as a result of a declaration of a state of disaster is only effective prospectively;

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6594 comments delivered (closed 26 August 2021)

Dear South Africa

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    Dear South Africa
    • The purpose of the Bill is to amend the Disaster Management Act in order to amend the duration of a state of disaster.
    • The Bill further seeks to provide that only the National Assembly, a provincial legislature or a municipal council may resolve to extend a declaration of a national, provincial or local state of disaster respectively and for how long.
    • The Bill also provides for the requisite majorities required in the National Assembly, provincial legislature and municipal council in order to extend a national, provincial or local state of disaster, respectively.
    • The Bill further provides that a resolution to extend a national, provincial or local state of disaster may only be adopted after a public debate.
    • The Bill finally seeks to provide for oversight by the National Assembly over a national state of disaster, and oversight by a provincial legislature over a provincial state of disaster.


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