The nitty-gritty of the Amendment Bill
Clause 1 of the bill provides for the amendment of the definition of the “project” and “concession agreement” to expand the scope of the Act.
Clause 2 of the bill provides for the amendment of section four of the Act to incorporate the agency’s role in assisting or acting for any organ of state to enable it to realise its public transport and rail-related objectives, and to expand its objects and to update the reference to the integration of public transport and rail services in the province with other transport plans.
Clause 3 of the bill provides for the amendment of section five of the Act on the functions of the agency to expand them accordingly.
Clause 4 of the bill provides for the amendment of section 13 of the Act to provide that members of the board of the agency may serve for more than one term, as long as they do not serve for more than two consecutive terms.
Clause 5 of the bill provides for the amendment of section 19 of the
Act to provide that committees of the board must consist of at least three members, because one-person committees are not considered advisable.
Clause 6 of the bill provides for the amendment of section 20 of the Act to effect a correction and to provide that the board must summarise the board’s charter in each annual report, rather than every three years.
Clause 7 of the bill effects a consequential amendment to and correction of section 28 of the Act.
Clause 8 of the bill effects a consequential amendment of and correction to section 34 of the Act, and updates the reference to the National Land Transport Transition Act, 2000 which has been replaced by the National Land Transport Act, 2009.
Clause 9 of the bill effects a consequential amendment of and improvements to section 38 of the Act.
Clause 10 of the bill provides for the insertion of a clause on limitation of liability, which is a standard clause in Acts of this nature.
Clause 11 of the bill substitutes words and expressions to provide for the change in the definitions of “project” and “GTIA” (Gauteng Transport Infrastructure Act).
Clause 12 of the bill provides for the amendment of the law mentioned in the Schedule to the Bill. It provides for the amendment of section 56 of the GTIA, 2001 to empower the MEC to delegate the abovementioned rail-related functions to the agency, subject to conditions that the MEC may determine.
Clause 13 of the bill substitutes the long title, to enable the agency to assist the province in performing the province’s public transport and rail-related functions that may be delegated to the agency.
Clause 14 of the bill provides for the short title.
All these clauses were either adopted as introduced or with amendments. More detailed information is available on http://gpl.gov.za/.